“The lights, the freeway traffic and the industrial look made this an image just waiting to happen”.- Bob Mead
Born and raised in Cleveland (Ohio), Bob Mead moved to Los Angeles (California) at the age of 18. He bought his first camera at age 9 – a Kodak Brownie. Then, a “love affair” started. He was raised on and studied black & white film. He shoot 35mm B&W, 35mm transparency and large format film. He moved into digital shooting 8 months ago. He likes nature’s architecture and man’s architecture. Things he is attracted to in an image are lines, colors and shapes. With flowers he likes to move in close and sometimes just go for details. Other times it’s the shape and or color. There is nothing more simple than a line – be it straight, curved or bent. It can be just one line or many – bold or subtle – a part or the whole as long as it says something to me. Architecture has the same appeal – lines and shapes and to some extent the location. If the location adds to the architecture or the general feeling then fantastic. His preference is film for black and white and for color I’m split between Fuji velvia transparency film and digital. He is now beginning to move into large format black & white film with the purchase of a Zone VI 4×5 field camera. Next year he will do photography 100 per cent of the time and make his living from his passion. His image of “Callas in Sepia” was selected for this year’s Carmel Art & Film Festival. Carmel California is one of the greatest artist colonies in the world so to have been chosen was a real honor. The image will hang in a gallery until October 30th and then 10 artists will be picked to go on to New York… Good luck Bob!!