Seventeen Weeks: Mike Vanevenhoven
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1976 with a B.A. in Art Education. Shortly after graduation, I became a professional photographer and spent the next 43 years working as a portrait, industrial and commercial photographer.
I shoot film or digital. What I use depends on what I want to capture and how I visualize the final print. I may use anything from a $30 plastic film camera (Holga), a 4×5 view camera, a high-end DSLR or any of the half dozen cameras at my disposal. Like a painter utilizing different brushes or moving between oil, acrylic or watercolor, I make camera, lens and media (film or digital) choices depending on how I see the subject in my mind’s eye.
If I am working digitally, I use the contemporary tools available to me. PhotoShop becomes my digital darkroom. I work closely with my print supplier to make sure the resulting image meets my vision. If I am working with black and white film, I print the images myself in my home lab, using traditional silver-based paper.
My subject matter moves between urban and rural. If something “grabs me,” I photograph it. It could be a landscape that reminds me of an 18th century painting, a dilapidated structure, or it simply could be line, light, shadow and pattern that attract me.
One week at a time, beginning September 8, 2020, the Trout Museum of Art is showcasing the works of and celebrating the incredible artists who call the Fox Cities home. TMA is proud to share these artists and their works for all to enjoy.