Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month

Robert Young

Q: What medium(s) do you use for your art?
A: I am a photographer.  I make traditional film transparencies, as well as High-resolution digital images. I am currently using Fujifilm and Nikon digital cameras to create my images which are then printed on various papers and metal. 

Q: What is your background?
A: I was born and raised in Springfield, MA. and have lived in Western Mass my entire life. For the last 35 years my career has been in campus law enforcement where I was employed at a local college.

Q: How long have you been doing this type of art?
A: Most of my adult life. I am primarily self-taught but I have attended a few local photography workshops and have also gained knowledge and experience from several photographers/friends that I have been fortunate to know over the years.

Q: What inspires you and how do you get started?
A: My love of nature and the outdoors allows me to see and explore different landscapes and life’s beautiful moments that I try to capture in my photography.  The opportunity to travel has allowed me to explore other corners of the world, where I try to bring home the flavor of those venues in my photographs. 

My first introduction to photography was in 1976 when I was fortunate enough to travel to England at a young age. A good friend of mine let me borrow his 1960’s vintage Hanimex Praktica 35mm camera as I did not have a camera of my own. He gave me a quick lesson on how to load the film and use it. As we were parting, he remembered to tell me that the camera’s light meter was broken and I would have to guess the shutter speeds and camera settings. During the trip, I used the camera, often thinking in the back of my head that my results would be less than adequate. Several months after I returned, I had several rolls of film developed and to my surprise found numerous “keepers” among the 100’s of images I had taken.

Q: Is any of your art for sale? What is the best way for people to get in touch with you?
A: Yes, all of my photographs are for sale. I can be contacted at: bobyoungphotography@gmail.com

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