Tim McCoy bought his first camera (a Rolliflex) at a pawnshop outside Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, and it was at Ft. Sam that he got his first darkroom experience. A few years and a couple of career changes later, he returned to the darkroom—this time at the Southwest Craft Center in San Antonio. One weekend, the Center sponsored a workshop by Frederick Sommer. Listening to Fred recount his struggles in the art world and watching him work in the darkroom was a life-changing experience. Tim left a real job and went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. While there, he bought a used 8x10 Deardorff field camera and found that the upside down images in its ground glass enchanted and challenged him as nothing else had. Tim has also been profoundly influenced by The Keepers of Light, by William Crawford, which investigates how photographic meaning is determined by choice of camera format and lens, photographic paper and development, and the "framing" of the image. The choice of alternative processes imposes a "look" to the photographs, regardless of the subject matter, and these processes usually require the use of his beloved Deardorff.
"My images generally focus on what people leave behind rather than on the evanescence of contemporary culture. The unconventional beauty of alternative processes underscores the archetypal symbols referenced in my work."
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