Near downtown Arcata

Near downtown Arcata

I received some comments about the distracting nature of power lines in some of these images. It is very easy to remove them (heck, with Photoshop I do not even need to climb any poles nor face the hazards of electrocution). My attitude this morning is that the wires are there in reality so for today they stay.

I often do remove intruding wires. I did so a couple of days ago with the photograph of the church in Eureka. I suppose the issue is more about what is the purpose of a particular photograph. If it is a historical documentation, then I think wires, signs, litter, etc should stay. On the other hand, if I am creating an interpretation of what I see as part of an artistic expression, then I feel freer to do as I wish with all aspects of the image.


About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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