I take photographs of things to see what they look like photographed; this is what I saw.
More than 45 years at this and I'm not done yet.
34th year of newspaper photography, the last 19 as a photo editor at The Dallas Morning News, but also shooting for said paper doing mostly personal project work. Father of three, two daughters, both graduates of UT, my alma mater. Katie is teaching 5rd grade and Claire finished her last year studying in France, came back, went to Argentina, came back and moved to LA and now returned to Dallas. I also have an 11-year-old son, Drew. And two mutts, rescues from the local dog pound.
Walking with Drew as an infant to entertain him provided the impetus to start shooting again and I started doing Holga work as a departure from my usual news photojournalism shooting with state-of-the-art gear. Having rediscovered the fun of shooting vintage-looking images through the viewfinders of old cameras (thanks TTV group), it's now my shooting technique of choice and the Holga has been relegated to seldom use.
I bought my first-ever Polaroid camera, a One Step Flash, at a Thrift Store for $4 and have pursued that approach and bought all the 660 film I can find. (It's all gone now.)
I also have a 1940's Graflex Crown Graphic that I shoot 4x5 film with.
I've recently started scanning the binders full of negatives from my newspaper jobs in Austin, Winston-Salem, Baton Rouge and Indianapolis where all my work was done on film. Imagine that: life before digital.
I often wonder what motivates me and having read what Garry Winogrand once said about photographing things to see what they look like as photographs certainly works for me.
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
"(Professional) photographers are like hookers: at first we started doing it because we liked it and it felt good, then we kept doing it but only for our friends, and NOW we're still doing it but are charging money for doing it!" – Dean Collins
I don't do conceptual: I'm a photographer, not a Photoshopper. Wait! This traditionalist Jedi has given in to the Dark Side of the Force so now "I'm a photoshopper, not a photographer" (props to LowerDarnley for pointing that out) Oh hell, a photo artist took exception to this so now I fully accept that photography doesn't really have to include a photograph. What a concept.
I have a very difficult time talking about my work. And maybe that's a good thing.
"We became less and less inclined to talk about the photographs as we became more and more convinced that the best photographs talk for themselves, speaking in a language of their own, and that the less there is to say about a picture by way of explanation, after looking at it, the better it is as a picture."
“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Haas
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bob merco says:
"the first encounter I had with Guy was when he critiqued a fake ttv I did. He told me to get a real ttv camera....I did (3 of them).
His images are straight forward and right from the camera (whichever one he uses). you can tell his many years in the photojounalism business carry on into his personal work.
I always look forward to his critiques and good humored information and I go to his flickr stream often.
Sometimes he gets a little out of hand and I ...bob merco (real name bobby mercogliano) am going to talk to a guy who knows some guys in Texas and pay him a visit....capisce., and see if we can straighten him out and maybe he'll open up photoshop which he hates'''') forget about it ! keep on with the good work Guy, I love it.....merco"
July 30th, 2010
impartial income says:
"Guy Reynolds saved my life. We were in Bosnia. I was shot by a Chechen rebel. And then bit by a non-hibernating snake native to the region. Not only did Guy suck the venom from the wound on my gangrenous foot, he then applied a tourniquet to the gunshot wound on my arm, which effectively stopped the bleeding. He then paused briefly to juggle two cameras and an off-camera strobe in order to photograph me in peril "through the viewfinder". It was a day I'll never forget. Thank you, Guy."
July 13th, 2007
itchy yard says:
"A purist and a wealth of knowledge about technique, cameras and the business of photojournalism... ReyGuy's photos and captions provide a peak into methods and history. Good stuff."
March 16th, 2007
"Guy was baptized in the dark in a tray of developer.
Here's a photographer that actually fills the shoes of someone worthy of that description: Photographer.
He's playing around now, at ease, in his own time, on his own terms. Take note.
Watch and learn.
Here is a true master of the craft.
It's great to know you Guy."
February 18th, 2007
"I always look forward to ReyGuy's stream: years of working in the trade and building his photographic muscle have paid off big time on these pages.
There's always something fresh to see and to be startled and delighted by. And there's always something new to learn from this very generous teacher."
January 14th, 2007
- Guy Reynolds
- April 2006
- Dallas, Texas
- I am:
- Male and Taken