Call me Douglas. Some years ago--never mind how long precisely--having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me, I thought I would buy a little camera and see the parts of the world though a view finder. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get the camera out as soon as I can, with my trusty tripod in hand. This is my substitute for pistol and ball—which is my wife’s favored method of dealing with stress. “Can I shoot it?” has a whole different meaning for me than it does for her. But I digress.....
Photography is my creative outlet, my mode of relaxation after busy days in a cube. My first camera was a Canon Rebel TI film body. I shot anything anywhere, keeping a notebook of my settings, film and filters, using those notes to learn the mechanics of photography. Years later, I joined the digital age, and now use a Canon 5D, 5D Mark II, and a 30D converted to infrared. With digital cameras, I can experiment with settings and the mechanics of the photographs beyond what the camera recorded more easily. I find I can be more creative because I am the one “developing” the photograph. Every outing with my cameras is an opportunity to learn and improve my skills, a challenge to develop my artist’s eye choosing subjects and developing meaningful photo composition.
I’m comfortable taking my camera to a wildlife refuge, walking with it about Kathy’s family’s farm, biking with it on rail trails, recording fireworks, and traveling to the parks and beaches of Florida in search of my photographs. I have also tried sports photography with the River Roar, softball and soccer games. I have enjoyed learning from these varied photographic subjects.
All photographs are for sale. I have Color, Black and White and Infrared to offer, and the number of galleries is ever growing so check back from time to time. You can order a wall print from 3 ½”x5” up to 20”x30”. These prints can also be ordered with a frame, have a black or white mat added with glass. Another option to display your wall prints is with a "canvas wrap" which there are also two sizes of. One final wall display option is to have your prints placed in a “Standout Display” frame.
If you don’t want to get a print to hang on a wall, you can get one to hang on yourself! I also offer the option to get prints on sweatshirts, t-shirts and tote bags. If you still want more options to display your prints, I have them. These options include a bookmaker, a button, mouse pads, mugs, puzzles, coasters, cutting boards, key chains and magnets. If you order a sports print you have the addition options of magazine covers, trading cards and wall clings.
Early on a friend called me a photographer and I felt the need to correct her and said, "no I'm just a guy with a camera". So enjoy yourself as you look around seeing what I have captured with my cameras, and please don’t run off too fast.
Douglas (Ishmael) Thornhill