Gregory Gross

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My camera is a tool I use to document what I encounter in life. I seek to record the extraordinary that can often be found in the mundane, I’m not afraid to experiment, and I get out and practice my craft as much as I can.

Andreas Feininger’s book The Complete Photographer (1965) had a strong effect on my thinking as a photographer. Photography, he maintained, is merely an abstraction of reality. As such, that reality can only be expressed using the symbols of photography. Much like a writer uses words as symbols, a photographer uses different kinds of symbols—color, contrast, perspective, sharpness, and so on—to create an abstraction of reality.

I use the symbols of photography to convey the experience of a subject, a place, or a personal interaction. Rather than engage in a hopeless attempt to capture an actual thing or a place, I use the medium of photography—light—to communicate the feeling and meaning of my subject matter through the images I create.

When I read his book, I also took to heart Feininger’s encouragement to develop a style of my own. To be sure, I find inspiration in the work of photographers who I admire. But in the end, my ultimate goals are to be true to my own character and personality and to let my own interests drive what I want to say through my photography.

Light

Light

Light itself offers ample opportunities for expression. The way that light reflects, bends, casts shadows, or renders something in stark highlight are all interesting things to capture in an image.

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People

People

The candid expressiveness of people as they move through the world is a source of fascination for me.

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The Sky

The Sky

The peaceful serenity of the sky and its beauty offers the photographer endless outlets for expression.

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Astrophotography

Astrophotography

With the use of proper equipment, astronomical objects can serve as compelling subject matter.

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Nature

Nature

Nature is all around us. One doesn’t have to look beyond even the backyard to see what nature has to offer the photographer.

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Self-Portraiture

Self-Portraiture

Capturing images of myself may seem egotistical. But the way that my own likeness appears in shadows and reflections is occasionally a source of subject matter for me.

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