“I love Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. I was once looking at a book of her ﬂower paintings,which were either erotic or abstract,and it occurred to me that I could try and create similar images with my camera. I got out and using a simple point and shoot camera I took close ups of ﬂowers which produced abstract and erotic images. I received very positive responses and it encouraged me to continue.”
“This is a collection of images to honor the diverse, unique natural landscape and seascape beauty of California.” Tony Hertz’s feature Land to Sea and Back “honor the diverse, unique natural landscape and seascape beauty of California.” Hertz’s palm trees have the perfect view of a pacifc lit up by a golden sun, shining despite a large group of clouds. His surf jumps at you with the joy of movement; each droplet of sand and sea saluting us.
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From Land to Sea and Back
Interview with Tony Hertz
I started in photography in 1975 when I took over the 35mm DSLR my parents had bought. In the beginning I mostly did action photography like motor cross. In college I took photography classes and did all kinds of different photography. I found Velvia 50 flm and fell in love with it. Jeff instructs photography for 256 Photography workshops in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona.
My decision to the dogs in action photography field come from the fact it’s totally something new and exciting all the time. The dogs are animal that like to move, and not still for portraits as people say. So, when you give them the chance to deliver their energy in something they love, you can see the real soul of the dog and the camera gives you the capabilities to build a different and difficult story all the time.
Kristopher “Topher” Gould was born in 1979 in a small southeastern town in Wisconsin. He first sought out a Kodak 110 Camera when he was just five years old, taking photos for fun. This was a hobby he had shared with his father and his grandfather, who were both professional photographers and artists at the time. His first official photography assignment was when he was in college, shooting at an event for Microsoft.
During his college years, he majored in graphic design and graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in art. He has worked since then in the graphic design industry. His determination to make the images he was editing look more professional before the editing process led him back into photography. In 2012, he purchased his first DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. Going into his favorite hobby, he decided in 2013 he would turn this interest into a profession. During that same year, he purchased a Nikon D800, the top of the line camera at the time, but he had no idea how to operate the interesting piece of equipment.
He moved to Portland, Oregon, knowing that some of his friends who were also photographers there could help kick off his burning passions. Once he arrived, he decided that he wanted to separate himself from the past, and prefers to be called by his pen name,”Topher.” With the help of fellow photographers, makeup artists, designers, hairstylists, and models, he made his photography company, Dark Idea Photography & Design LLC, a reality.
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Ethereal featuring ‘Dark Idea’ | Photography by Topher Gould