John Trotter - born April 4, 1947
I have been making photographs since I was 14 - about 43 years. I started with a 6x6 pentax and went on from there into 35 mm (Canon) and now digital(Fuji S2 Pro).
My formal education is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. So I have a strong desire to be able to control the results of a photo session (or at least have some idea of what is going to happen).
I was very confused when I was young and reading photographic books and magazines and encountering phrases such as - the negative was Kodak Plus-X developed for 3 minutes in Dektol and printed on polycontrast paper - with no reason given at all for the choice of materials, or timing or anything.
Then I found Ansel Adams , and the Zone System and all was revealed. From then on I had control of the materials.
The next step is to understand lighting. A very good
of lighting and posing information are the books of Peter
an early Playboy
Growing up in the 50s and 60's I found Playboy, Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager drew my attention. A lot of my photographs are heavily influenced by these photographers and their work.
( One of the odd points about Miss Page is she had been a school teacher and wanted to be a movie actress, but apparently would not take the casting couch approach and could not get started in Hollywood. )
After my graduation from Texas Tech I was stationed at White Sands Missile Range which overlaps the White Sands National Monument . During this time I started doing figure photography.After the Army I returned to Texas Tech for graduate work. Graduate school requires a certain amount of relaxation, so I continued photography. During this time I attended meetings of the Professional Photographers of America . At a meeting I met a man who felt he had enjoyed photography before he tried to make a living at it. So I have not tried to make a commercial career of photography, I just want to enjoy myself .
After Star Wars came out I have paid a great deal of attention to Cinefex magazine and computer manipulation of images, currently I am trying to do mythological females .
I want to enjoy myself I want the model to enjoy herself.
My objective is for the model and the photographer to both like the photographs created.
Since I had fun making them I hope you have fun viewing them.