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About Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley portrait Tim was born in Queens, New York City, and raised on Long Island. He began taking photographs at the age of eight, eventually processing his film and making prints in his darkroom. His interests grew to include the earth sciences. This led to a position in the department of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan. While there, he learned how to project, in the mindís eye, the shapes and positions of fossil specimens, while still hidden in the stone. This ability to focus on details and visualize the finished specimen became very helpful in his later photography.

Tim began visiting many of the museums and galleries in Manhattan, becoming particularly interested in the landscape paintings of America and Europe. He was especially attracted to the painters of the nineteenth century, including the Hudson River School, the Luminists, Tonalists, Impressionists, and the Dutch school of the seventeenth century. His interest in the effects of light in a composition grew as he studied its use by the masters of landscape painting. The study of these painters would have a profound influence on his landscape photography.

When he started college, he began working in lighting for rock and roll concerts, at Stony Brook University in New York. For the first time, he was actively engaged in using light to affect the mood and look of the performance, with direct feedback from the audience. The ability to experiment with the colored lights gave him a sense of the universal emotional effect of color, and enhanced Timís understanding of light, luminosity, and color in a composition.

Later, Tim studied layout and design, and was trained in photo-offset lithography. He opened his own printing business on Long Island. He eventually moved his business, with his family, to the Pacific Northwest, in the Oregon coast range.

After moving to Boise, Idaho, Tim began photographing using a medium format camera. He wasnít satisfied with the lack of control, using traditional processes, in making the final color prints, as he had a desire to expand on the principles practiced by the master painters he had studied. The development of the personal computer made digital control of color possible. Soon, a new method of printing digitally became available, allowing finer color printing than was possible before. With the new pigment inks, and near total control of the images color, tone, and luminosity, and the archival quality of the finished print, Tim saw the potential to fulfill his dream. To learn the complexities of fine art digital printing, Tim decided to go to workshops being conducted by the top experts available. The workshops he attended where taught by; George DeWolfe at Cone Editions Workshop in Vermont, Charles Cramer and Bill Atkinson in California at Calypso Imaging, Michael Frye and later, Barry Haynes at Ansel Adams Workshops in Mono Lake, California, and Andrew Rodney at Sante Fe Workshops in New Mexico.


Tim Buckley portraitThe Pictures

Tim takes his pictures using a Pentax medium format camera. The images are then scanned with a Hasselblad Imacon Flextight scanner and digitally printed on a Epson Ultrachrome printer for maximum image quality