About George Krieger, Photographer

Since my father worked for Eastman Kodak for 37 years one would expect that fine photography was one of his pursuits. My father preferred motion pictures and had a Bell & Howell 16 mm movie camera and projector. The only still cameras we had were the Kodak point and shoot variety. It was not until I married that I showed any interest in photography and then only with point and shoot cameras.

In 1976 while on vacation I decided to buy a good camera, a 35 mm SLR. In the camera store I asked for a fully automatic camera with autowinder. The salesman, who was a sports photographer for the Denver Post told me I would never become a good photographer if all I did was press a button and select the best images afterwards. Thankfully I listened to him.

Georgianna borrowed the camera in the summer of 1984. She entered a couple in a citywide photography contest and won first place in the B&W category and second in the color category. The B&W was titled “The Shape of Things to Come”. It was a photo of an egg cradled between two feet. It hung in my office at work for many years.

Upon retirement I thought photography would be a great hobby to fill some of my time with something enjoyable to do. I knew from my sculptures and paintings in earlier years that I would most likely not be good at either of those if I decided to pursue them as a hobby. My photographs, even with point and shoot cameras, however did show some talent and stood out from the average ‘snap shot’.

I decided the take B&W photography classes at the local community college. After almost a year of classes and numerous rolls of film I was disheartened by the results. I had received a digital camera, Maxell consumer model, from the R&D staff at my retirement party in 1997. The photos I took with it seemed much better to me, although they did not make very good prints.

I decide to invest in a digital SLR, a good printer and some software. I started to turn out much better photos. The camera took all photos in color but I could convert them to B&W using software on my computer. I was still taking classes at the college and doing my own developing and printing in their darkroom when I started using the digital SLR. Once a month we had to mount and display a couple of our photographs for the teacher and class. I decided to see what comments I would receive and mounted a couple of my digital images in B&W printed on glossy paper. Best comments I had ever received from the teacher and class. I dropped the wet photography and concentrated on digital photography.

I started with flowers and plants. After my first show with favorable comments I started to create other portfolios: architecture, classic automobiles, hotrods, portraits of musicians while performing and eventually abstracts.

I won a number of awards for my work in the City of Seaside annual art show, even after being downgraded because I used a computer and digital camera.

Ann was showing her jazz related paintings at KRML the Jazz and Blues Store in Carmel-by-the-Sea. I showed several of my works to the owner and he decided to hang a few for sale. Over the next couple of years he received numerous compliments on my work and sold a few.

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