The Hybrid Life: Nathan Lomas on Combining Antique and Digital Processes

Nathan Lomas digital photography instruction
Nathan Lomas has been a photographer since the age of five. He’s dabbled in painting and a few other pursuits, but photography is the one that stuck. “My dad put an old Ricoh camera in my hands about that age. I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he says. Jump ahead a couple of decades, and Nathan has definitely figured it out.
Nathan is The Image Flow’s newest team member, a photographer, adjunct professor, and studio owner specializing in making antique tintypes modern again.

Leanne Hansen: Slow Down and Look at the Light

Leanne Hansen Language of Light
On the cusp between student and teacher, Leanne Hansen discusses her career before photography, the importance of light, and finding her best images close to home.
“To make successful photographs, we need to understand all of the possibilities and variations for light.” Her new workshop The Language of Light for Photographers offers photographers the opportunity to explore and experiment with the different types, shapes, and colors of light.

6 Questions with Precision Digital Negatives Developer Mark Nelson

Time Portal platinum/palladium precision digital negatives Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson, photographer and developer of the patented Precision Digital Negatives process, says you always have to be on the lookout for an opportunity. Mark gave up a successful career in the mental health industry to pursue photography, and while he has a loyal following of galleries and collectors, he is known for a system for generating the best digital negatives for alternative processes.

Retouching the Life & Times of America’s Postcard King

Mike Roberts Wish You Were Here America's Postcard King
In Wish You Were Here, author Bob Roberts details the life and work of his father Mike Roberts, which spanned more than 50 years. A self-taught pioneer in the development of color photography and printing, Mike was a 20th-century icon known as America’s Postcard King.
Lightroom expert and in-house retouching specialist Taralynn Lawton worked three years to retouch 70 of Mike’s historic color and black and white images.
“There was one piece that we had from the cover of a Disneyland magazine. It was really a disaster and she patched up the color and the image so that you have no idea,” says Bob.

Ink on Paper: Catherine Karnow Exhibits 25 Years of Vietnam

Anthony Fendler Catherine Karnow exhibition-quality printing Vietnam retrospective
Photographer Catherine Karnow has made a name for herself shooting surprising and thought-provoking images of Vietnam since 1990. Her new retrospective will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong March 9.
Catherine is well known in Vietnam: She began shooting in the country in 1990, and calls the late General Giap a personal friend. In 1994, she was the only foreign journalist invited to accompany him privately to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the battle that won Vietnam independence from the French.

Catherine Karnow: The Magic Always Happens

Catherine Karnow Art of Photographing People
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow will present her lecture “The Art of Photographing People” on February 5 at The Image Flow, and a workshop in March. Known for her photographs of people, here, she discusses her teaching style, her existential search for “home,” and what drives her to keep on shooting.
“No matter whether I’m shooting on location or in a workshop, I have the faith that the magic will always happen,” she says.

Slide Film & Digital Printing: The Evolution of a Process

Larry Davidson Burnt Door Digital Printing
You could say that Larry Davidson “discovered” photography as a young boy helping out his commercial photographer father. “I worked in his lab, and there was always a camera around the house when I was growing up,” Larry said.
In high school Larry and his friends built a darkroom in his garage from the spare parts they cobbled together from his father’s business in order to start a business of their own doing odd photography projects around town. But it wasn’t until later, when he took a few photography classes in college and also discovered Ansel Adams’s work that he says photography became something he could enjoy, just for the sake of it.
Larry’s work has since evolved from black and white landscapes, to bright and colorful architectural photography, to the vibrant abstract work he is now known for.

Landscape Photographer Hendrik Paul Straddles the Old and New

Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer
Hendrik Paul straddles two worlds: He grew up in Mill Valley, CA, where he took his first photography class in eighth grade. He spent his free time hiking on Mount Tamalpais and soaking up the northern California landscape, but his roots are firmly planted on a 500-year-old farm in Germany.
“It’s such a different life from how we live, this small farming community, living off the land. The men went out and did the field work and the women did the cooking. It’s still quite antiquated compared to California or America,” says Hendrik.

Matt Black: Documenting the Social Implications of Modern Farming

Matt Black Former cotton migrant at home Teviston, CA
From southern Mexico to rural California, Matt Black documents the social issues of modern farming and the effects of one of the most severe droughts in recorded history.
Matt Black began photographing the small towns and expansive farmlands of California’s Central Valley for nearly 20 years. A native of that vast agricultural area that runs nearly the entire length of the state, Matt says he began to notice a shift in the people working the fields around his home town.

Q&A with Anthony Fendler: Veteran Photo Printer Digital From the Start

Anthony Fendler digital imaging expert
Anthony Fendler comes to The Image Flow after eight years in Santa Cruz as image collection manager at the Frans Lanting Studio. He has over two decades of professional experience using the digital darkroom and desktop publishing. He is an expert fine art printer and long-time photo workflow educator. He will be teaching workshops at The Image Flow as well as working with clients to fulfill all of their photographic and digital darkroom needs. Here he answers five questions on photography, technology, and how they intersect.