Richard Messner

I have been interested in drawing all my life. I have been trained to be an architectural draftsman and have worked in the architectural/construction industry for more than 40 years. While in the U.S. Air Force, I administered the photo hobby shop at Kessler Air Force Base in 1969-70. This started my interest in photography. I am basically self taught, but learn from fellow members of the Perry County Camera Club, West Shore Photography Club and Nikonians International.

Artist’s Statement

A photograph is a fractional second of history recorded so it may be shared with others. It will never be repeated exactly the same way that God gave it to us at that particular time. My goal as an artist is to share a moment in history, that I have been privileged to experience, so that the observer wishes they were there to feel the power and see the beauty of the world around us. Hopefully they will slow down and find their own moments in time.

Description of Technique

Since 1969, I have used Nikon cameras exclusively with a combination of Nikon and Sigma lenses. Digital photography has become my main way of capturing images for the past three years, but I still keep film available. I do all of my own “post processing” and printing up to 13″ x 19″ prints. My best technique is to slow down, look closely and use a tripod.