For me, Bear Mountain has always been something of a reference point. Any time I travel back to Bakersfield the first thing I look for is either Bear Mountain or Breckenridge Mountain. The two mountains are neighbors, and when the air is clear, and they are visible, they become my visual anchors.
This particular image conveys some of the visual possibilities that the southern San Joaquin Valley can offer. I hope that with the coming rains that these hills again become green, and that the poppies again offer their orange highlights to the landscape.
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.
Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA
Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA