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Hello…and thank you for taking the time to view our photography!

 

Don Simmons and Kiran Singh met in a “continuing education” printing class, and rapidly came to understand that both had the same deep appreciation for photography as both a medium of personal expression and as a technical craft – so much so in fact that their classmates often referred to them as the “tech nuts”.  Both have lived overseas for a substantial portion of their lives, and Don is a cancer survivor, so each has a little different viewpoint on life than the normal everyday man/woman on the street.  Both have a keen sense of what it is like to live in a large metropolitan area where art plays a substantial role in the everyday lives of the people around them, but each is also acutely aware of the hassles of getting work shown if you are an “emerging artist”.  The best solution to this problem seemed to be to open their own gallery.   The Gulch Gallery was formed as both a studio and exhibition gallery to give each an outlet to show the work, and continue to do the work in an unfettered environment that would encourage and support the “creative process”, and allow each of them to pursue the medium in whatever direction we wanted to go individually.

 

We feel that our surroundings have a lot to offer us visually, but often times we fail to see these wonders because we are too entrenched in our everyday lives to see them.  We all need more tranquility in our lives, and as such we photograph subjects that elicit feelings of peace and tranquility for us individually.  These may not be the same things that cause the same feelings in you but that’s OK; this is an exploration of the world around us – and it will tend to affect us all in different ways.  We are impressed by things that are simple, and sometimes represent a way of life long since gone.  We photograph in black and white because of the rich tonality these prints can yield if done properly, and are motivated to continue this journey by contemporary artists like Bruce Barnbaum, John Sexton, and Roman Loranc, and Robert Maplethorpe to name a few.  We realize that the gap between greatness and mediocrity is wide, and this is of no consequence to either of us.  We simply offer these photographs to you, the viewer, as examples of our vision – and hope that as this vision is refined that more people will appreciate the work and effort that went into making these photographs, and maybe even have a little understanding into who each of us is.

 

We use both traditional darkroom methods or digital negative scans and Adobe Photoshop to realize prints.

  

Once again, thank you for taking the time to look at our work!  We appreciate it!

 

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