Typically, Gordon Reynolds does not preplan his photographs, nor does he work on projects, though he has several series that are constantly expanding. Mainly, he relies on luck, and a good bit of walking around. The subjects that interest him most are things from the man-made world, especially those that seem odd, mysterious, and/or timeless. While he has come to enjoy making photographs in the landscape it’s really the urban setting he most likes to explore.
These photographs were taken a week apart on two days in January, 2015. He has been to the area, Discovery Park, many times before and since, usually during the fall and winter months. On these two occasions the American River was low and flat with barely a ripple on the water, making a fine reflective surface. He felt like he was walking among finely preserved monuments from the past. They are hulking things, these pillars, and he wanted to capture a sense of serene ageless grandeur.
Gordon Reynolds was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of his life was spent there except for 14 years in Sacramento. He is a retired software engineer, an occupation he began at PG&E in the 1970’s and finally retired from in 2014 while working at eBay.
Reynolds’ interest in photography began when he was in his late teens. Except for occasional lapses in practice his interest in photography has been steady for nearly 50 years. He has practiced both film and digital photography using cameras as small as a half-frame 35mm roll film, his first camera, and as large as 8x10 sheet film. Several of his photographs have been accepted for display in juried shows around the country.
Reyholds currently resides in Sausalito.