When my friend recently called to tell me she had retrieved my old view camera out from storage, I was ecstatic! I opened the wobbly case and found it to be encrusted with grit in some of the nooks and crannies. Seeing it sitting on the chair in my home now, it causes a gut reaction as it brings me back to a time when I had to learn to maintain my creativity while learning a complex technical procedure.
While slogging away at photography school, my emphasis was on portraiture. I remember the expansive studios and tungsten and strobe lights where we photographed portraits and product shots, but I was more drawn to the natural light from windows and the outdoors. I was the champion film developer in the darkroom and helped out students whose sheet film got surge marks which were visible when when the negatives were printed on photo paper. I learned negative retouching from Kitty West to bring in a little extra cash.
Following graduating from Brooks, I went on to join in a partnership at a portrait studio that I co-owned and managed in Marin County for over twenty years. My experience taught me a huge appreciation for well executed photography and cinematography. It is certain that photography developed my eye for design, and even more so, enhanced my ability to see the nuances of various types of light and its simple truth. It's always been the light,
Much appreciation to my mom and dad for believing in me and giving me my start.
3/7/2017 05:48:03 am
Jill, what a lovely story! You are a talented writer and I enjoy reading your stories! It must be nice to reflect back on events in your life that brought you to where you are now. You have special gifts and are a special person! Love you!
3/7/2017 06:32:48 am
Thank you very much, Dora. It is pretty surprising how much comes to the surface when you create an opening for it.
3/11/2017 08:55:05 am
Mama, this was so special to see and read! I love picturing you with your army camera diving into all of your projects---once an artist, ALWAYS an artist! Thanks for sharing!!
Jill Keller Peters
3/11/2017 03:55:27 pm
Grace, thank you for your comments. It is very cathartic to reflect on one's timeline. You're right, somehow we just know who we are, even if covered by numerous layers of paraphernalia.
11/25/2022 09:03:29 pm
This was lovvely to read
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My name is Jill Keller Peters, and I am passionate about using color as a language to