Dennis Segers, retired and with a passion for landscape photography works with alternative processes and the expression of combining methods, both digital and analogue. See his platinum palladiums and cyanotypes here.
From: Carmel, California, USA.
Shows: Cyanotypes and platinum palladiums.
Recently retired from a high-tech career in Silicon Valley, Dennis Segers now resides near the Big Sur coastline of central California and focuses his creative energies on his long-time passion for landscape photography. Trained as an engineer, he learned photography during the 1980s, capturing the vistas of Washington’s Mt Rainier, principally using 35mm color transparency film.
His interest in photography and career in integrated circuit development formed parallel arcs, providing a first-hand perspective on the digital transformation of photography. Not surprisingly, he was quick to embrace the change. He became an early adopter of Photoshop while utilizing a workflow of analog capture combined with digital edit and print. He added his first digital camera to his kit in 2001, a Nikon D1x. He now works principally with digital cameras but seeks to blend the best of digital and analog throughout the workflow.
Recent studies in photographic history led him to the world of alternative photography and the fantastic work of this community. The realization that these processes could be accessible without a darkroom and combined with a digital negative was an epiphany for him. The completion of that first hand-printed image was a transforming experience, opening a whole new dimension within the realm of creative expression.
Now drawing inspiration from the Pictorialist movement, his work seeks to combine historical processes with selected digital capture, edit, and print techniques. He frequently combines methods to introduce color and control mood by working in platinum, palladium, cyanotype, and digital ink-jet (using archival pigment inks).
Primarily focused on the intimate landscape, his images don’t attempt to tell a story or portray a scene. Rather than provide answers, they seek to evoke questions and covey mood.
“My introduction to alternative processes challenged me as a photographer in ways I hadn’t imagined. The demands of craft are uncompromising, while the avenues for personal expression are limitless.”
More about Dennis Segers:
- Contact email: dlsegers (at) icloud.com