Bill Barber

Born and raised in small-town Texas, I find myself drawn to making images that reflect those roots, how things are changing and the transitions that occur in our everyday lives. What was once the  norm has now become non-existent or at least, uncommon. My images take a look at the past, at the present and have me wondering about the future. I am intrigued by how we each earn our   living and present a glimpse of that ever-changing environment. Artifacts interest me as products of the people who have used them. Creating, making and producing these artifacts are activities that I find interesting. Those    who are involved in these activities often occur in my work.
 
My images are rich with the past, not only in subject matter, but also in how they are created. It is the hand-making of the image that appeals to me. Although my  photographs include digital technology they are firmly grounded in the handmade photographic techniques of the past. These images have begun life as a film negative, produced using a very old or handmade camera. The negative was then scanned and turned into a digital negative and then printed with printing techniques from the 1800s. There are no instant images created by releasing the shutter of a modern digital camera found in my work. Instead, each image honors the history, the equipment and the processes of photography from both yesterday and today.