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Photographing is a voyage of discovery. I try to mindfully perceive the space of the location I've come to explore, objects in that space and their passage through time—almost as if I were seeing them for the first time. This kind of perception is a meditative experience, a state of mind, an openness to the possi… Read More
Photographing is a voyage of discovery. I try to mindfully perceive the space of the location I've come to explore, objects in that space and their passage through time—almost as if I were seeing them for the first time. This kind of perception is a meditative experience, a state of mind, an openness to the possibilities.

I've been a serious photographer for many years. But it wasn't until the late 1990's that I began to accumulate a body of work that achieved the visual resonance that I was seeking. This work is exclusively in color and uses the forms, patterns, textures and movements of the natural world as a palette to produce new insights into what I call the "unseen world". What is the unseen world? We tend to travel through life with unseeing eyes. We limit our visual perceptions by imposing a layer of abstraction upon our visual experience, filtering it and placing it within our mental framework as an idealized perception and linking it to familiar memories. In contrast, I attempt to observe the unseen world and find relationships of form, color, light and texture that are overlooked by the casual observer and to incorporate them into a compelling visual communication.

I produce large color prints that often challenge the viewer to identify the subject matter. They may seem foreign yet strangely familiar at the same time. They often feature forms and colors that are sensual and visually alluring. Other recurring themes throughout my work are abstraction, reflection, counterpoint, movement through time, cycles, ambiguity of scale and a sense of mystery. Read Less
"I attempt to examine relationships of form, color, light and texture which are overlooked by the casual observer and to express them in such a way that they can no longer go unnoticed."

"One of my challenges is to become unbound from my own concepts of nature and its reality and to release my senses to the world… Read More
"I attempt to examine relationships of form, color, light and texture which are overlooked by the casual observer and to express them in such a way that they can no longer go unnoticed."

"One of my challenges is to become unbound from my own concepts of nature and its reality and to release my senses to the world around me."

"Photographing is a voyage of discovery. I try to mindfully perceive the space of my environs, objects in that space and their passage through time -almost as if I were seeing them for the very first time. This kind of perception is a meditative experience–a state of mind–an openness to the possibilities." Read Less
Bruce Hodge has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979. Initially he practiced landscape photography using black and white film with a large format camera, making traditional silver prints. In 1998, he began to shoot exclusively with color film and medium format cameras, utilizing the quickly expanding opp… Read More
Bruce Hodge has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979. Initially he practiced landscape photography using black and white film with a large format camera, making traditional silver prints. In 1998, he began to shoot exclusively with color film and medium format cameras, utilizing the quickly expanding opportunities of digital output. In recent years, he's migrated primarily to digital capture.

Hodge recently produced a limited edition of "portfolio" books that feature a selection from his catalog of images. Rather than using the typical four-color printing process, the books are hand printed so that each page is an exhibition-quality image. Hodge has exhibited at various venues around the San Francisco Bay Area. His most recent show was by invitation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. In addition to his work as a photographer, Hodge is a computer scientist currently employed by Adobe Systems, a leader in the production of software for the visual arts industry.

Photographers that have influenced Hodge include Brett and Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, and Minor White. He'd also like to acknowledge the sage guidance of Charles Cramer and Marion Patterson. Read Less
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