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I am a Washington State native, and have had an interest in Photography and Art for as long as I can remember. I feel like it is in my blood. Indeed, in the early 1900's my grandparents had a darkroom in their home, and my "rebel" great aunt traveled the West coast to photograph landscapes & wildlife, learning from the great photographers of the original Group f/64 club.
After beginning by borrowing my grandmother's large format camera, I bought my first 35mm "real" camera in high school, This began an obsession with black & white images and creating art in the classroom. Later, a summer spent teaching darkroom while a photography TA at the University of Washington, and working part time as a portrait photographer only solidified the passion. That lead to experimenting with color slide development, larger format B&W, and spending a great deal of time elbow deep in developer and fixer in the darkroom. Then, my focus shifted for several years, while raising a family and teaching elementary school, and I willingly set my photography aside. But I never stopped looking for the images that are truly there but rarely "seen".
Fast forward to the present -- Photography is back in "focus" in my life. Yes, I still teach, but now I have grandchildren, and participate in a variety of other things, but my passion for photo artistry is back in the forefront, my camera is always by my side, and my "darkroom" is now digital! My photos represent my effort to "Look up, look down, look around, look through, and look closer" to find and share the beauty and wonder "Hidden in Plain Sight".
Thank you for visiting my site. I am thrilled to share a little bit of the magic that I "see" in our world. I welcome your comments and hope you will share my work with others and enjoy any pieces which make their way into your life.
Gretchen W. Shepherd
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