began the day I saw
by one of my
Though captivated by these photographs,
I considered camera and film a far too
complex combination for me to conquer.
Yet, this exposure made me aware
of photographs as a creative expression
rather than just a way to document
journalistic and family events.
In 1962, while studying to become a
commercial artist at The Corcoran
School of Art, I purchased a Yashika
Lynx, a decent, range-finder, fixed-lens,
35mm camera. Although there were no
photography courses offered at The
Corcoran back then, the study of
lighting and composition in my
commercial art course applied to
photography as well.
So, I began to take black and white
photographs, learning to apply the creative
skills learned in art school. I was limited to
drugstore processing which meant I not only
depended on the quality of their work, but
also was prevented from cropping and
manipulating my prints.
A few years later, after moving from an
apartment into a house, I set up a black and
white darkroom. There, I could develop and
print my own images, a time-consuming,
but rewarding process.
Somewhere along the way my camera and
my darkroom became idle. This period lasted
far too many years.
In the spring of 1997, as fate would have it,
a long-time buddy called me. I had not seen
him for perhaps a decade. He invited me
to join him for a ride in his hemi-V8 powered,
air conditioned, 1940 Willys street rod to go
to a major street rod show about 100 miles
away. This was an offer I could not refuse.
To shake off the dust, I took my Nikon to
the car show. I was amazed at the quality
of the cars in the show and with the results
of my photographic effort. Whatís more,
during those interim years when my camera
was idle, I had become a proficient user of
Photoshop, a primary computer software
program used by both the graphic design
and photography professions.
With my photographic spirits at an all-time
high, I continued to attend various car shows,
always with camera gear in tow.
View Tomís automobile photography
But I realized I was fast becoming labeled
“Tom Blankenship, car photographer”
while my range of photographic interests
was far more broad, reflected by the
variety of images on display here at
As of February 1, 2004 my Nikon film
camera is retired, replaced with a Canon
digital camera system.
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