Guy Manning

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Where are you from?
I am an 11th generation Californian. Born in El Toro, I grew up in Orange
County but now live in Redding, CA, USA.

Why did you want to become a Photographer?

Short answer; I had no other interests at the time.

Long answer; Initially the camera was just a mechanical toy, but I soon
realized I had a bit of an “eye” for placement of things in the frame. This
led to classes. Then a photo instructor in college required we see a show of
the works of Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock and Ansel Adams. Between that
exhibit and the works of historical images in the Time-Life series on
photography, my interest was sealed. I immersed myself in the History of
Photography and the works and writings of great photographers. Realizing I
didn’t fully understand the “craft” – the technical stuff, I attended Art
Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where I learned to master
In the end I would have to say that photography wanted me to be a
photographer. It was the only thing that really engaged me, and opened my
mind to other possibilities and the fact that everything is inter-connected.

Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
My portfolio has varied over the years. I have explored urbanscapes ,
landscapes, and surrealscapes – constructed landscapes of imagined alternate
realities. I have also explored the minds ability to personify and empathize
with inanimate objects. In each category I have images that have vied for
favoritism over time; each winning, losing, and drawing in the competition.
So a favorite may rise and fall over a few years only to reassert itself in
the future. That is what happened with my choice of image here.
Entitled “Dune Grass, Long Beach, Washington”, it is from a B&W 4X5 negative
taken years ago. The subject matter is about as mundane as they come – grass
and sand, and is the type of scene most photographers walk by every day
without notice.
Ultimately, it is the image’s quite eloquence that attracts me most. The low
key tonalities, sympathetic lines, repeating shapes, and delicate lighting
of the forms all unify to create the quiet feel. That feel, upon closer
examination is countered by an underlying tension existing where the grasses
rise and fall from the sand and question what act of nature imprisoned the
blades of grass in that manner.

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Guy Manning

Guy Manning


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