Overexposure: Want to See Something Cool?

Note: The photo above was taken by Mark Kaletka. 

Note: The photo above was taken by Mark Kaletka. 

One of the amazing things about photography is that it can mean so many different things for different people. It can capture and preserve a once in a lifetime memory, or it can act as a creative outlet for personal expressions. It can document a historical event in a clear and concise manor and it can serve as a narrative tool to tell a story all its own. For me, photography serves as a connection to the past, and a lens (sorry for the pun) into the future. For the first edition of The Collusionist Overexposure section I wanted to share my connection to photography as way to offer some insight into why photography will be featured so prominently here at The Collusionist

When I was around six or seven years old I remember bursting into my parents bedroom to pester my dad to come outside and play catch with me. Sports has always been sort of a bedrock to our relationship with some of my earliest childhood memories relating to mimicking my dad's enthusiasm for the Chicago Bears, Bulls, or White Sox in some form or fashion. This pestering stint ended up being a bit different though. Instead of grabbing his glove to head outside Pops asked me if I “wanted to see something cool?” (don’t fact check that quote as i’m sure it's inaccurate but the gist is there). I, of course, said yes and assumed he was going to pull some sort of sports memorabilia, like the copy of the1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle record he had shown me months earlier. Instead he went into the top shelf of his closet and pulled out a dusty old encyclopedia. It was a 1974 World Book Science edition and he turned it to the F Section. He then pointed to a picture of what looked like something I had seen in a Marvin the Martian cartoon and said “see that? I took that that picture.”

It turns out the picture he had taken was not of some cartoon alien technology, but was the Cockroft Walton Generator at the Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. Until that point, I never really thought about how the images found in magazines or books got onto the page. I had never connected that an actual person used a tool to capture a moment in time. From that point forward I was sure of two things: 1. My dad was way cooler than yours and 2. My curiosity for photography had been sparked.

Now a little disclaimer, I am by no means a photographer. I am a hobbyist at best, and although I’ve taken a few college photography classes, sat through some online seminars and even briefly contemplated joining the military to become a photographer (Jobs were pretty hard to come by after college graduation.) I doubt I will ever possess the technical chops to become a professional.

However, the older I get the more in love I fall with Photography, and The Collusionist Photo section has become the total manifestation of that love. I may not be able to manipulate light and transform a mundane object into a legitimate piece of art and expressions, but others can and I want to share those images. I also want to share the stories behind those images and offer a platform for professionals and amateurs alike to gain exposure (not sorry for that pun), offer insights and step out from behind their viewfinders. So, If you have a photo you would like to share, or a project you would like to collaborate on, please shoot me an email. I want to work with all types of photographers and make The Collusionist Photo something truly special.

Above is a Photo Strip of my photographic progression through the years. 

Above is a Photo Strip of my photographic progression through the years.