Photo Session with local children using my Mamiya Camera ~ Southern France, circa 1999.
* Graduate: University of Maryland, College Park (B.S. in Journalism)
* Graduate: NH Institute of Art (Certificate in Photography)
* Member: NH Art Association
* Member: NH Society of Photographic Artists
~ For the past 15 years, I've been exhibiting my work at the NH Society of Photographic Artists' Annual Show at the Old Town Hall Gallery in Exeter, NH. My photographs are also shown regularly at the NH Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH as well as in other local, regional and international venues.
Studio Name: When I first began my career as a Photographer in the mid 1990’s, I worked with an antique Mamiya
C330 Twin Lens Reflex Camera on a tri-pod. I used a hand held light meter and had to focus each shot manually. It
was a much slower, methodical process, but I absolutely loved it! I even developed my own film and printed each custom portrait in my “Wet Darkroom.” It was a very hands-on, specialized experience. My early portraits were mostly rendered in Black and White or Sepia Tone and had a “vintage style."
The photography business has changed dramatically in the last decade and I have happily welcomed these changes. I own two Canon Digital SLR Cameras which allow me the ease of taking dozens of photos in a single photo session ~ a big change from the days when I would shoot one roll of film consisting of only 12 frames.
My other passion as a photographic artist is working with my Zero Image Pinhole Camera, which like my Mamiya Camera,
uses 120 medium format film. It’s a very simple camera that doesn’t even have a lens or viewfinder! These days, I scan the film and create digital files for printing. Combining old and new methods is my way of honoring the past and embracing the future at the same time.
Over the years, I have continued to create “vintage style” images as well as "contemporary" color photographs. The difference, is that it’s now usually with the magic of PhotoShop in my “Digital Lightroom.” That said, I still consider my “roots” in the profession to be an extremely important part of who I am as a photographer.
© Vintage Portraits ~ by Christy Utter