Charlie Gaynor lives in Washington, DC and was born in in Kansas City, Misouri
My interest in photography was launched at the University of Kansas where I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Commercial Art. I attended the Army’s Photo School (there were no painting classes available) at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, and was honor graduate of my class. The Army rewarded me with a ticket to participate in Vietnam...luck was with me and I served the next 15 months as General Creighton Abrams personal photographer.
Washington DC is where my Army career ended in 1971 and I soon began work as a photographer at PHOTRI, a stock photo agency based in Virginia, with markets all over the world. During this time, I took a color printing course somewhere in Clarksville, Md...learning to print Cibachrome prints. This opened the door to thinking of my photography as fine art. From this time on I continued to take photographs everywhere I went, spending long hours printing my own color images in the bathroom of my one bedroom apartment. Eventually, I left the photo business to first work in hotel management followed by my present career as a Realtor.
I left print film after 9/11 when traveling with bags of film was too risky of arriving intact thru airports. I was skeptical of digital cameras until one trip to Key West where I took many images of weathered white picket fences against white walls...when I had these printed and saw the detail of the white on white down to the brush strokes I was sold and have been digital ever since. In May of 2006, I attended The Ultimate Travel Photographer’s Workshop in Paris, France which was sponsored by the American Writers and Artists Inc. (AWAI).
Over the years, I have continued taking photographs for my own creative soul. I think of my style as that of ‘found objects’. When traveling or just exploring Washington DC, I spend my off creative time walking around the environment I am in...I see things, study what interests me and aim my camera to preserve this ‘found’ image. What makes me interested is color first or it may just be the play of light. I have been told that my work looks like a collage. Once I was asked if it was clip art! I am not offended in the least. I walk down the street, see something of interest and get it in the rectangular 35mm format and record it in a fraction of a second. If a viewer thinks I have somehow manipulated the image...fantastic!
For the past thirty-one years, selling Real Estate has been my business interest... Photography is my passion. I hope you enjoy my point of view.
ABOUT THE PRINTS
Dodge-Chrome’s Custom Chromira Prints
Dodge-Chrome’s new Chromira print service offers stunning photographic print quality from digital files or film. Custom Imacron scans are included in the print price for images up to 30 x 40. These prints are made on Fuji’s Crystal Archive paper with a wide choice of services-gloss, luster, and Fujiflex Supergloss. All sizes are offered from wallet up to 50” x8 feet. This is the ultimate print!
Custom Ilfochrome Deluxe Prints (formerly Cibachrome and now discontinued)
Ilfochrome Prints are made directly from slides or transparencies without the need for an inter-negative. This direct positive process provides superior color saturation, sharpness, and color accuracy. These prints are no longer available due to environmental concerns.
Dodge-Chrome’s Custom “Type C” prints are of exhibition-quality and are hand printed from color negatives or inter-negatives to specifications. Dodge- Chrome uses the RA-4 process for all color negative print processing.
UV Direct Printing
Stunning print quality from either digital files or film printed directly on a wide variety of surfaces including clear acrylic, wood and aluminium surfaces.
Dodge-Chrome has earned the confidence of Washington’s most discriminating professionals and organizations that require exceptional photographic services. This national reputation has been built on providing superior film processing and exhibition quality printing. Dodge-Chrome is located at 11941-L Bournefield Way in Silver Spring, MD www.dodgechrome.com
Archival Pigment Prints: Old Town Editions
An archival pigment print is a digital print made from a digital photography file. The process employs a highly refined ink jet print head that has thousands of nozzles that sprays very fine, overlapping layers of pigmented ink onto paper or canvas to create stunning prints with superior clarity, color and color permanence for a hundred years. These archival prints prints are done on high grade art paper and other specialty photo papers.
Old Town Editions, 1413 Powhatan St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314. 703-684-0005 www.oldtowneditions.com
All photographs are matted with archival, acid free linen mats and framed at Frame Smith, 1420 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011.