“Have you ever gone to a popular place and found that the crowds wouldn’t allow you to get the image that you want to capture? Well, that has always bothered me. So I developed some proprietary actions that allow me to improve the images rapidly and with consistent results. I minimize the crowd effects and maximize the object I want to preserve. I call this technique “Photo Sketch”. My cyanotypes on display have been derived from my “Photo Sketches”.
“What is art but the visual creation of what is in ones mind - imagination? Art comes from the heart, the technique is irrelevant. I use any tool available to create my art. In this exhibit you will see my passion for mixed media using photography negatives, photograms or artist hand tools to create alternative photography. Some of the prints have ink line drawings and paint. Printmaking to me is back to my roots, the traditional way; Etchings, Monotype and Alternative Photography (as Cyanotype).”
John & Rhonda Campbell – Photographers
Jointly, their careers started in different directions.
John’s career was as a Software Engineer. This led the Campbell family to spend 18 months in Germany, which afforded John the opportunity to photograph many European towns, people and places. His photography started by taking family photographs and experimenting in infrared and cyanotype. For many years John led a Special Interest Group for the Lincoln Hills Photography Club. John has exhibited art in many galleries and has permanent Art in Public Places in the Lincoln Twelve Bridges Library.
Rhonda began her career in the arts in Germany. She studied the traditional method of oil painting from an old master. On returning to the US, she continued her education by getting her degree in Art and Photography. She then pursued her career as; a gallery coordinator, a curator, an art instructor and a computer art instructor. She was the founding president for the Lincoln Hills Photography Club. She has won numerous awards and has been published in magazines, newspapers and books. She also has written articles on the subject of art and photography. She has exhibited in many locations including SMUD Sacramento, Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, KVIE, and Ansel Adams Opts Gallery in San Francisco. Rhonda has permanent Art in Public Places in Sacramento, Lincoln and Bishop California.
The Campbells each have a portfolio drawer in Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.