Pictorial, Nature, Travel, Monochrome
Judge: Stephen Hinchey
Stephen Hinchey began his photographic journey in the 1960’s when his brother built a darkroom in the basement of their house. He learned how to develop and expose black & white film. His focus at that time was on Architectural images, later adding both color
prints and color slides to his repertoire. In the early 2000’s, he purchased his first digital camera and pivoted to Nature photography. He took classes at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite and interspersed
trips to the Sierras. To address his fears of photographing people, he signed up for
sessions with models. This led him to shift more to studio work where he can control and experiment with lighting.
It is important to understand the message the creator of an image is trying to express. The title is a guide in this understanding, reinforcing what you have seen or guiding you to the true message. When talking about the impact and interest in an image Stephen strives to be judicious in suggesting alterations. Often it is better to explain what the creator did to make the image work.