Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It seems like it was a long time ago...

We were in Montana at the Photographer's Formulary in June 2004.  Al Weber and David Vestal were conducting a workshop in black & white photography techniques.
It was one of the first workshops I had attended were we actually made pictures. The Formulary has an amazing facility for silver based work. A very large darkroom and enlargers enough for the whole
regiment. If  you've never been there, it's well worth your time. Located on the edge of the Bob Marshal wilderness in north central Montana it's a great place to spend some time. Bud and Lynn Wilson will help you feel right at home.
Al was sort of the lead instructor and David carried his share of the teaching.
Tony Mournian took the picture of me and David as he was trying to help me understand what might have been amiss in that rather gimmicky photo I had just made. David was a very enthusiastic photo instructor. Eager to share his knowledge and experience with any one who asked for help. I always found his thoughtful suggestions useful and constructive.
I met up with Al and David at Al's old photography school building in Victor Colorado. Charlie Morrell and Dick Baker were there. David and I shared a room on the third floor of the old Victor High School building Al owned.
It's proven to be a fond memory and a wonderful experience.
Look for the December edition of the Photographers Formulary newsletter for a longer article on David by Tony.

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