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About the photographer

Born to a woman with a keen eye and a passion for painting and drawing, Thomas Walsh, Ph.D., took up the chalk and brush at an early age. By his teen years, he had developed something of an interest in photography, but it wasn't until he was a graduate student of physics that a deep fascination developed. As a teaching assistant, Thomas was assigned the task of rebuilding a pilfered and ravaged holography lab. He and the students, who used the lab for a graduate class in optics, survived the experience, and a love was born for the photographic arts.

After graduating and working as a physicist for several years, Thomas turned to technical, business, and then travel writing. He began supplementing his writing with photographs, which have now been published in a number of magazines including Mountain Living, New Woman, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, The Herb Companion, and Natural Home. His photographs have also appeared in a number of newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Providence Journal, Tampa Tribune, Grand Rapids Press, Winston-Salem Journal, Vancouver Sun, and Toronto Globe and Mail as well as a number of other major newspapers.

Thomas' technical background in photography derives, at least in part, from his science education. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, and Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Oregon. Thomas' aesthetics were learned, to a significant extent, on his mother's knee.

 

About this site

Clearly this site is a showcase for the artwork of Thomas Walsh. One aspect, however, might call for explanation: What was the basis for choosing which photos to place into the various portfolios? This is especially important with photographs of people. Simply put, if humans are the primary subject, with environment providing a milieu, then the People portfolio seemed the best choice. If the setting is the true character of the capture, with people providing little other than a sense of scale, then the work belonged in another portfolio.

I'd like to add the following: One takes a picture, but one creates a photograph. Even when carefully planned, the pushing of the shutter release only begins the process of fashioning a final work. Software, such as Photoshop, plays a major role in the ultimate fabrication. Please know that any feedback would be appreciated regarding any part of the photographic process.

Finally, my philosophy...

Get the facts. In photography, get the facts. If you do that, you have captured beauty.


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