“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. “
Dick Schneier is a retired engineer who in 1999 went “back to school” to unlearn all the bad things he had learned about his favorite avocation…photography! Under the expert tutelage of nationally known photographers Helen Kelley, Frank Lavelle, Barbara Southworth, Libby Cullen, and others at the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program in Washington, he has almost achieved that goal, and his work is now appearing regularly in area juried all-media and photography shows. He still works in multi-format color and black and white film, with darkroom printing, but is now expanding his work in digital capture and fine art digital printing. Venues his work has appeared in range from Frederick and Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland to Fredericksburg, Arlington, Alexandria, VA, as well as the District of Columbia and private collections.
Along with the CHAL, he is active in the Maryland Federation of Art, a former member of its Exhibitions Committee and chairperson for the Holley Gallery exhibitions, and for the past five years, chair for that organization’s national American Landscape Show.
Much of my work has been exploratory in nature, based upon a native curiosity of how things work, and specifically, what can be done with a camera and subsequent processing. Therefore, my work has evolved from landscapes, through cityscapes and architectural photography, to capturing people in those environments. Recently I have been exploring more the capture of light, which is the basic thing that photography does, and the effects of light on the subject matter. The sample images presented here reflect that exploration.
Although I cannot call the District my home, the hill holds special meaning for me due to the Hill residents I have befriended through the CHAL as well as the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program darkroom classes/open darkroom and fine art printing sessions. Additionally, my son, daughter-in-law, and native-Hill-resident grandchildren live there. I have never tired of wandering the streets and alleyways on the Hill finding subject matter for capture and sharing with others.
Dick is a native of the Bronx, NY, but has lived for the past 49 years in Derwood, MD with his wife of 52 years, and sometimes tripod carrier, Ann.