name is Bruce Barrett. I was born in, and grew up in the San Francisco
The things that thrill me about photography are the ability to
capture and share a moment in time and the ability to expose others
to things they otherwise just wouldn't see. Sometimes this is manifested
by capturing otherwise inaccessible landscapes, and other times
its getting in close to everyday objects.
Please explore my portfolio
and share a piece of my wonder and vision of the world.
Even before high school I purchased and started playing with a
"contact printer" for making prints without an enlarger.
In high school my parrents allowed me to build a darkroom by doubling
the size of the down-stairs bathroom. I did this by demolishing
and moving a wall. This was for black and white only.
I've been interested Photography since I was young, starting with
a Kodak "Brownie" camera and moving along through my first
35mm SLR (an Exa-1a purchased in Germany) with waist-level view
finder. By the time I was a sophomore in high school I had stepped
up to a Ricoh SLR and was on the yearbook staff.
In the mid-80's in preperation for a year-long bicycle trip I bought
a Minolta 9000 auto-focus camera. This (now two 9000 bodies) and a
couple lenses makes up my 35mm cameras stable.
In 1995 I started using a 4x5 view camera -- a much different experience
from 35mm. It always takes minutes, if not tens of minutes to expose
a single sheet of film. Because of this I get much more selective
about what pictures I'll take when using the "4x5".
And finally I've started "going digital". There are a
few photographs on this site that have been created entirely of
photons and electrons -- no traditional chemical processes.
The prints from my Nikon 950 hold up very well when enlarged
to 8" x 10".