Thomas Winter: My Familiar Places

The selections exhibited here are from a series I call “My Familiar Places,” photographs made in California and the Southwest during the period from 1977 to 2009.  The photos are presented in groups from Sacramento and the surrounding valley, the Sierra, Yosemite, and east to Hwy 395, the foothills in the ranch lands that have grown into Roseville and Folsom, and the town of Crockett across the Carquinez Straight from Vallejo.  These areas are my familiar places because they were where I lived and worked, they influenced my life as a photographer, as have the photographers who pioneered the art form, worked in the same areas, and used similar film and cameras.

I am fascinated by the view or subject that is seemingly uninteresting, overlooked, or commonplace, as they are landscapes that are truly Californian.  Landscapes sculpted by the people we were and have become; images with graphic qualities – perspective, shapes, massing, and gradations of tone – that are the elements of my vision synthesized in photography.


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