The â€œIllustriousâ€ Career of Patrick Stearns
My interest in photography began in 1963 when I was about fourteen years old and I developed my first photograph under the basement stairs of my parents house using a bare light bulb to make a contact print. It was a magical experience watching that latent image appear in the developing solution, and my fascination with the photographic process has never waned.
In the late 1980â€™s my work changed from primarily shooting color landscapes to applying black and white photography as a means of personal expression. Using my camera to explore the world is, for me, much more satisfying and a great deal more interesting than traditional landscape photography. I especially enjoy working on long term projects, such as the Portland Grid Project and the Westside light rail construction (one of Portland, Oregonâ€™s mass transit systems) because they give me the opportunity to build a rapport with the people I am working with, as well as the time needed to understand and explore my subject matter.