Hello and thank you for visiting and spending some time with my photos!
I am a photographer, voice actor, and writer. I am unabashedly romantic and unapologetically sentimental. I share my digs with a big sturdy gray and white, very conversational cat named Mewer, who tolerates my proclivities toward Kaempfert, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and movies with explosions. I love being anywhere Alpine. I enjoy trains and airplanes, and get attached to my cars. I love quality music and good movies.
My photography includes Alpine and other landscapes, European, Canadian, and American cityscapes, including night scenes, railroad and aviation subjects, people, pets, the passing scene.
In other words, I am easily inspired when a camera is at hand.
In exhibiting my work, whether here or in galleries, I derive special pleasure in sharing with others the fruits of those otherwise private moments of looking through the viewfinder.
I also enjoy sharing some of my photography/travel experiences in my blog, Thunderflakes. You can find it by following the link on the right.
Lately, I have been engaged in recording podcasts of some of my favorite travel/photography experiences. You can listen by following the soundcloud link on the right. I'd love to have you "come along" this way. Images relating to such podcasts are so noted.
I hope you'll enjoy sampling my work, and I welcome your comments if a photo should inspire you.
If you have followed my work here, you’ve perhaps been aware of the presence of more FILM images in the mix of late.
There are two reasons:
I have loved film for decades, having begun my photography when film was the only means of (photographically) capturing an image. I've never stopped loving film. Even after succumbing to the allure of the D-SLR in 2008, I have continued shooting film alongside of digital. I like to say it “keeps me honest” – that is, it forces me to be more deliberate in my shooting, also to remember all the relationships of f/stops, shutter speeds, depth of field scales, that I've striven to master over the years…and the fact that a roll of film represents a finite number of chances to “get it right.” This does not mean digital photography does not depend on the same factors coming together, or that one can not be “deliberate” when shooting digital. It’s simply that good results on film demand it. But, to me, shooting film is also a sort of “comfort food” experience that reminds me of the less hurried, less technically “cold” times during which I was learning my craft. And I admit to loving the anticipation of waiting for one’s negatives or slides to come back from the lab – Often, that, in its own “archaic” way, is as pleasurable to me as digital’s (still amazing!) instant confirmation that I got it right (well, a good portion of the time!).
All of this is not to leave out something I so love about film - its textures and character. Passé? I don’t think so, not when one considers all the editing programs out there designed to emulate film down to the specific types. Me, I rather like getting that done in the camera.
The other reason you’re seeing more film images: One of the utter joys of retirement has been the chance to revisit years and years of film shooting – and all the enriching experiences, travel and otherwise – that went along with them. What a joyful time machine it has been for me to re-discover countless, often forgotten, sleeves of negatives and boxes of slides, including the venerable Kodachrome-25, Panatomic-X, Agfa APX-25, trusty Tri-X, Ilford Pan-F and so many more. Moments captured on film which there seemed never enough time to do justice to, while engaged in full time employment…all emerging from my Nikon scanner onto my monitor.
I hope you will find many such motifs as timeless as I consider them to be.
Actually, this ongoing voyage is also true of the results of eight years with the D-SLR, many of which I’m now re-discovering, now that the time is there, and greatly enjoying sharing with my F-C fellow photogs.
The experience reminds me daily of what a wonderful life I have enjoyed since my parents gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, for my tenth birthday, and as I went on to acquire all the (by definition!) more advanced cameras that have allowed me to advance my skills and which have accompanied me on trips and other enjoyable experiences.
I don’t mean for any of this to be purely backward looking. I am ALWAYS looking forward to the next shoot and the cameras, both film and digital, prime lenses, zooms, filters, and other paraphernalia that I’ll be packing into overstuffed equipment bags.
Kinda like this ;-)
Thank you, my Foto-Community friends, for letting me share not only the bright, shiny new work but also the burnished legacy images of a life-long love affair with cameras, lenses, and film.
Most images are available in archival matted gallery prints and as custom printed photo note cards. Please contact me if interested at Steve(at)SteveEmber(dot)com.
All images are Copyright and Property of Steve Ember and all rights to reproduction are protected.