Forum: “Work It” with Wayne Guenther
The title of my forum discussion is “Work It!” I shoot all kinds of subjects but it’s relatively rare that I spend more time and attention on what’s in the viewfinder than two or three exposures. I do move position and change in-camera crop and consider the orientation, but “see it, shoot, move on” is my usual photography mode. There are visual situations however, that so grab my attention that I shoot many more exposures and thus “work” the scene. Sometimes these events are planned and sometimes serendipity. For the presentation I’ll go through my experiences with a melded slide show/narrative with examples of working the subject, ending with favorite shots from each sequence.
Wayne Guenther got involved with photography in 1967 when running around with like-minded soldiers during his first stationing in Germany, and it grew into an avocation over the next thirty years. He retired from Army Logistics as an Lieutenant Colonel in 1988 and moved on to manufacturing management, but always had the urge to look for creative photographs when time allowed. In 1995 he was juried into Gallery West, an art co-op in Old Town Alexandria, and also joined The Art League of Alexandria. This gave him the nudge to create new work every month which helped develop his base style; it’s strongly graphic, with patterns and lines, curves, and reflections. In 2001 Wayne retired again and started a one-man photography business which led to a contract job at the Lorton, VA Workhouse Arts Center where he documented the conversion of the federal prison to an arts center and functioned as “staff photographer” when it opened in 2009. He was a charter member of two photography cooperatives at the Workhouse until 2011. He and his wife Judy, also an NVPS member, have been traveling widely for ten years, which has really broadened Wayne’s subject matter and style. Who knew there were landscapes, people/cultures, and wildlife out there? Wayne joined NVPS in 2015, and was Photographer of the Year for Class Three Digital Images, 2016-2017.
After shooting with Nikon equipment for 47 years, he sold everything in 2014 and changed to Micro Four Thirds, using both Olympus and Panasonic equipment. His website is www.wayneguentherphotography.com
Wayne Guenther September 20, 2018-Updated October 24, 2018