Rodger Skinner began his career in the arts as a furniture builder using reclaimed barn lumber and local hardwoods. In time his interest changed to photography. “I have always been fascinated with photography. One reason could be as a little kid I noticed how much my mother enjoyed taking photos with her Kodak Brownie. How excited we all were when it was time to go get the developed photos back from the Rexall drug store. After all these years I still enjoy looking at her photos.”
After making a career change about eighteen years ago he felt he was in a bit of a creative vacuum. The new job was great and all but…
“I began taking a very serious interest in photography. Film first and then digital. Every aspect of photography is exciting to me. I embrace the spontaneity of photography and relish the pleasure putting myself in the right place and time to capture evocative, yet ephemeral moments. I also enjoy still life photography. I’m passionate about the process of visualizing an idea and then bringing that idea to life as an image.”
Light, atmosphere (time of day), technique, equipment and post processing all play an important yet equal role in Rodger’s creative process. He captures most images with Nikon digital cameras in RAW file format. Developing the digital negative is achieved using Photoshop CS5. Rodger often uses multiple exposures combined in one image to help capture all that the eye is capable of seeing. For the most part his goal is to produce images that very closely resemble the moment when they were taken.
“I enjoy putting myself in the moment. I aspire to be good enough at my craft to prove that I was there and entice you to step into the photograph and join me in that moment.”