Jeff Kuhlman
      Photography

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Bio

My love and obsession for photography started in 2001. I used cameras before then, but this is when I purchased a 35mm film camera. Buying that camera had a huge impact on my life. My journey in photography had officially begun. 


2006-2010 I started shooting digital photography in addition to 35mm film. I began doing commercial work for a restaurant, a hotel and a couple publications. 


2012 I am not a computer-oriented person, which is essential in processing digital work. After a while, I became frustrated with the process of producing digital photographs and decided to shoot only film. I actually sold all of my digital photography equipment. It was also at this time that I started printing and selling my work. 


2015 I started entering shows to sell prints. At this time I also advanced to medium format photography. That was a real turning point for me. I always felt something was missing from 35mm film; it left me wanting more from the negatives. Shooting medium format was exactly the connection I needed and from there it has been non-stop. 


2017 Last year was a year with some big changes. I created a studio at home to work out of and quit my previous career. I started shooting full time, pursuing as many shows as possible. I also started shooting digital again. My artwork that I produce is from film photography, and my commercial photography is digital. It is important to keep the two separate for me. 




Art

At the heart of my art is film. A camera is a tool, in the toolbox for me to use to capture a moment, light, a feeling, design, or landscape. My intent is to evoke emotion and a feeling of connection. My photography is a blend of landscape, Americana, and street, from my surroundings to my travels. A love for the outdoors, nature and ecology keeps me constantly wanting to experience more and I often wander through unfamiliar areas to seek out new inspiration.


The Process

The process for creating my art starts with choosing a film, a format and from there it goes to many different places and outcomes. I use alternative processes in printing and imaging making. From polaroid manipulations, transfers, and enlargements. My 35mm and medium format photography is a hybrid process of me processing my film, scanning the negatives and then making archival pigment prints, or cyanotypes, either printing on metallic fine art paper, or using fine art water color paper, and baryta fine art paper. From there I mount the photograph onto wood panel and a custom made and finished frame. It took me quite awhile to find my way into this long process, but traveling and seeing the same photography on canvas, metal and acrylic face mount, a lot of this work is not done by the artist and I can not understand that work flow. I also have made a choice to move away from using glass and have been veneering my work with a uv protective archival finish which allows me to really highlight the paper and not to take anything or have something in between the eye and the photograph. To me there is nothing more beautiful than a photograph on nice paper.  


Commercial

I aim to work closely and personally with my clients, keeping their needs in mind to achieve the best photographs for their business. All work is digital and shot with a full frame, high resolution Nikon camera, Nikon lenses and professional lighting equipment. All photographs are retouched to ensure the highest possible quality. 


Background

Originally a classically trained chef, I worked in the fine dining restaurant industry for more than 20 years. I have traveled and lived in many cities during that time, and I have always been drawn to composition and lighting, and plating food is not that much different than framing up a beautiful scene to photograph. I am a self taught fine art film photographer currently traveling the east coast displaying my work, attending fine art fairs and festivals. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. 


Best Regards,

Jeff Kuhlman