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John Hanses

I was seduced by Nature at an early age. In 1968, when I was 5, my family moved to a small ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. The property was surrounded for miles by forest & orchards. Hiking, climbing, hunting and traveling through the woods to a friend’s was the norm.

In the early 1980’s I began exploring photography in different forms; experimental, landscape, black & white, as well as color photography using a 35 mm SLR. I then focused on B&W with an old Speed Graphic 4×5, press style camera. After converting a bedroom to a dark room, I began processing film and printing B&W myself. In 1985 I shot a bit of color through the 4×5 and found what would be my passion to this day – the color landscape. I took a job at Bay Photo, in Santa Cruz, in 1988, where I could get paid to work in the pro B&W darkroom and had access to equipment to print my images on Cibachrome.

Over the years I have studied with and/or taken work shops with Al Weber, Michael J. Ginney, Bill Atkinson, and Charlie Cramer, all of which are accomplished large format photographers. These studies have increased my appreciation for the craft and knowledge of the color printing process.

I only shoot 4×5, color landscapes, but, I now scan the film with an Imacon X5 scanner and then print the hi-res images on an Epson 9900 inkjet printer. My first full digital darkroom was about 10 years ago and I recently upgraded it with state-of-the-art equipment. I do all printing and framing here, at my studio and shop, in Sonoma County, California.

-John Hanses


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