Like many, Alan Hart began his photography life in his teenage years and the film camera became a means of recording memories of mountain climbing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. While the mountain climbing and the documentation of its landscape beauty continued in his college years he also expanded his photographic interest as the photography editor of the California Engineer magazine, a student published journal of Cal & UCLA where he learned image-based story telling. Post college the climbing gave way to a technical career in semiconductor technology and photography became intermittent as well. Unbeknownst at the time, he would contribute to the future of digital photography through the development of electronic systems that enabled flash memory technology to produce non-volatile memory storage, today known as SD and CF cards. By the mid-2000’s Alan replaced his SLR with a DSLR and his second act in photography began. After attending several workshops on digital photographic methods he decided a faster way to learn was to create his own workshop. With good friend and fellow photographer Roger Mullenhour they started the Focus in Paradise Photography Workshops in Kauai, Hawaii in 2010. The following year they brought the workshop to Asilomar in Pacific Grove alternating with the Kauai venue for several years. Since then Alan has been involved with the Dischler Photography Workshop in Palo Alto also teaching the art and science of image capture and subsequently joined the Center for Photographic Art in 2019. Alan’s images have won numerous awards in the San Mateo County Fine Art Galleria series, been seen in Black & White Magazine, and displayed at the Monterey Museum of Art, Asilomar Conference Grounds, the Advantest America Corporate Art Gallery in San Jose, and in many private collections. He continues to be drawn to unique forms of nature in the hunt for compelling images.
After many years of film photography, digital photography has accelerated my image quality and artistic voice. In a world of chaos and fabricated realities, finding the true wonders of nature and joys of humanity may require some hunting . . . and when found I hope they cause you to pause and enjoy them as they do me. Above all, the images of our world are shaped by the impact we have upon them and we should take the time and energy to celebrate them and ask how we can positively influence these same experiences for future generations. The power of photography is still its ability to capture the truth of the moment.