How did Ken start taking photos?
I am a long time resident of Arlington, VA, whose passion for photography started in 1981. While walking down a hallway in my college dorm, I passed a room where I heard two people talking, and smelled an odd odor wafting under door. For some reason, I knocked on the door, curious to know what was on the other side. When the door opened, I got a full breath of photographic chemicals, and met two students who’d been allowed to set up a small darkroom in an unused janitor’s closet. They invited me in to see what they were doing.
Twenty-nine years later, the excitement of my first experience with photography is still there. However, coming from a film generation, my adaptation to digital photography has been slow and gradual.
Botherton’s photo ‘Merridan Park, DC,’ was awarded the Grand Prize for B&W; photography at last year’s Arlington County Fair. About the series on display, Ken says:
The images shown here have all been shot within the last year and represent my first effort at producing a cohesive series of photographs of Washington, DC landmarks using digital photography. My approach was simple. Keep a camera with me. Be at the right place at the right time, and try to capture the image in the most honest and impactful way I can.
I limit software to basic exposure adjustments and dust removal. For me, the ideal image is straight forward and closest to the truth, or as I like to call it, “the beauty of reality.”
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