Creative Entrepreneurship

Get to Know . . . Tom Dwyer

Tom Dwyer
What is your name and what is your business name?
My name is Tom Dwyer and my business is named Natural Images by Tom Dwyer

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I’ve taken photos most of my adult life. However, I began focusing on nature photography in earnest in 2000, after receiving my first subscription (source unknown) to Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
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Explain a little bit about your process.
I spend hours, sometimes days, hiking, kayaking, backpacking and driving in search of my images. The capture of individual images is an ever-changing process as my knowledge and experience grows. I try to capture my images in-camera, as close to what I want them to be in print as possible, partly because I’m not a big fan of the process of post-capture computer work.

What’s the comment heard most often about your art?

That it looks more like a painting than a photograph. I think this is in part because I work with multiple exposures, long exposures and try hard to depict motion in many of my images.

What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?
That I don’t do a lot of “Photoshopping” of my images. They are sometimes a little disbelieving of the colors they see in many of my images and question how much I use Photoshop.

What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
Besides my cameras of course, I’d have to say my tripod. Especially since many of my images require relatively long exposure times, the tripod is critical.

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How has your art changed over time?
As I grow and learn, I find myself gravitating more toward abstracts and macro/close-up images. I spend much more time today, creating the image (positioning elements, structuring the foreground, mid-ground and background, seeking my point of view for the image) to try to tell a story, than I did earlier in my experience.

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Three years ago I took the first tentative steps into conducting nature photography tours/workshops. This has grown steadily. This year’s schedule included:

• June 14-16, 2013
Understanding your camera and the basics of digital photography

• June 29, 2013
Enjoying Flower & Garden Photography

• July 12-14, 2013
Adirondack High Peaks Photo Trek

• July 19-21, 2013
Introduction to photo composition

• August 9-11, 2013
Tranquil Adirondack Waterways Photo Trek

• August 23-25, 2013
Photographing Water – lakes, streams and waterfalls

• September 20-22, 2013
Photographing Autumn in the Adirondacks/introduction to printing

• September 25-28, 2013
Fall in the Adirondacks

• October 3-6, 2013
Finger Lakes Wine Country Tour

• October 18-20, 2013
Introduction to Lightroom, Photoshop, HDR and neutral density filters

See more at: Workshop Schedule

I’ve also begun conducting private workshops for individuals and small groups.

What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?
Favorite: Capturing the image in the field
Least favorite: Optimizing the capture in the computer

What’s your dream project?
I’m currently “noodling” a show that will feature a collection of large, flat screen TV monitors, each rotating through a series of images on a different subject.

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Where is your art available for purchase?

Local galleries:
Gallery 54, Skaneateles, NY
The Art Mart, Syracuse, NY (during the Christmas Season)

Lilac Festival, Rochester
Park Avenue Summer Fest, Rochester
Clothesline, Rochester
Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, Mount Morris, NY
Christkindl Market, Canandaigua, NY
Image City Photography Gallery, (Nov. 27 – Dec. 22, 2013)
Image City Photography Gallery (Jan. 29 – Feb. 23, 2014 as featured photographer)

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