At a time when the Sacramento area has enjoyed one of its finest autumn seasons, photographer Jerry Berry reminds us with his images where the real fall action happens: New England.
“California has a wide range of landscapes within its borders,” says Berry. “But when it comes to the spectacular variety of colors of the fall season, the New England states have no equal.... I hope that the Impressions I have chosen to display will provide the viewer a taste of what they may encounter on a trip to this area at this time of year. And for those that are personally familiar with this special time and place, I hope it takes them home."
Berry's enthusiasm for photography began in 1975 when, between semesters at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, he borrowed a camera and ventured on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and Colorado with a schoolmate. “I was hooked,” he says. He made the transition to digital tools in the late '90s. Largely self-taught, he has also attended workshops with photographers such as Alain Briot. Curating the online photography site 1x.com since 2008 has also helped establish him in the international photography community.
“As I progressed through the stages of my photography,” he explains, “I discovered within myself that documentation of a subject was not enough.” For some of his images, Berry employs some unusual techniques, such as camera movements at slow shutter speeds, and Vaseline on the lens filter. He also embraces the tools of the digital darkroom, and may remove distracting objects, but he does not allow himself to add objects.
A member of Viewpoint, Berry lives in Meadow Vista. His website is www.jerryberry.1x.com.