I picked up my first camera in 1994 when my Aunt Elaine lent me her trusty Pentax K1000. I still have that camera (thanks, Elaine, love you!), complete with the totally awesome hippy crochet strap that came with it. With camera in tow, I took a lot of pictures I spent hours in working with the cold light enlarger in the corner of my college darkroom (nobody else even knew its powers!). I then started playing with some beautiful medium format cameras with big names like Mamiya and Bronica, more camera than probably what my brain knew what to do with at that time. I dabbled in color dark room stuff, which, in taking painting courses in tandem, was an amazing way to learn color theory, but was not in the least bit fun (try working in a closet in pitch black and see how fun it is.) I eventually graduated with a BFA in painting and photography. Being broke, I still managed $475 to buy a 1958 Rollei TLR, and that was the best purchase ever. Having only twelve images per roll made each image count, and I worked hard at perfecting that art. I love the square format and the crispness that only 120 film can give. My twenties, that camera, many countries. Mmm.
I flew off to teach and photograph in Japan for a year. Came home married. Worked in a gallery. Hated it. Taught. Loved it. Traveled. Continued painting and photographing. Bought my husband our first digital camera in 1999. A Digital Elph. 2.4 megapixels. Strong metal body, fit in your pocket. They don't make 'em that durable anymore. Moved to VT Taught art and for seven years to some amazing high schoolers. I love running into them and seeing what they're up to. Had a couple kids. Bought my first DSLR--a Canon Rebel XT, and a whole new game. As many pictures as I want? Portraits and people, taking risks, playing in Photoshop... Started a whole new jaunt withKirstin LaMonde. Two house photo, a big undertaking. And, that's where I'm at. Full circle in some ways but the gear is a little different (I'm on to a 6d and 7d now). And, no more darkroom (okay, maybe once in awhile for ole times sake). Figital.
But, I love teaching, too. And right now I am one day a week at Shelburne Community School, teaching seventh graders. Middle school is great--a lot of fun energy and passion. And from time to time, I teach various classes at the Theresa Davis studio, both adult classes and kiddos classes. Some photography, some more traditional classes. The Davis studio is a wonderful, creative space... with a little something for everyone.
Want some pics? Want to learn to take pics? Get in touch. I'd love to talk or take pictures of ya.