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Alan Sockloff – Creator Statement

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

I was born in New York City, raised in Coral Gables, educated in Atlanta, employed in Philadelphia and retired in Brunswick. While thriving as a professor of quantitative psychology at Temple University, it was my love of photography that led me to early retirement, allowing more time to devote to my passion.

As the son of an amateur photographer who believed portraits to be his specialty, my sisters and I spent our early childhoods subjected to numerous portrait photo sessions. Despite this inauspicious beginning, I did develop an interest in photography and used my Kodak Pony 35 to record family travels and good times with friends. As I aged, my cameras increased in size, passing from 35 mm through medium format to large format. My printing skills expanded after having studied silver gel photography with John Sexton and George Tice, as well as alternative processes with Christopher James and Brenton Hamilton, the latter three at Maine Media in Rockport. Specializing in both wet darkroom black and white as well as alternative processes, my preferred subjects have been diverse, varying from abstract patterns of scrap metal and dynamic water flow to travel photography and land- and waterscapes. Over the years, I have exhibited my photos in group and solo shows in Pennsylvania and Maine.

Although my wife and I moved to Brunswick full-time in 2007, I have been photographing throughout Maine since 1990. Maine provides a unique opportunity for photographers. It is ideal because of the great diversity it offers in subject, mood, weather, and lighting. Just as its landscapes are filled with rock formations and pine trees, its seascapes are dotted with numerous harbors and docks, lighthouses, working boats, and dinghies. My work has no hidden message – simply, my goal is to enjoy the outdoors while capturing and creating images that are pleasing to the eye and soul.

With only a few exceptions, the images shown here were made using a 4 x 5 view camera. Wherever possible, archival preservation techniques were followed, including toning and the use of archival rag board.

The prints shown here are an attempt to exhibit the breadth of my subjects and techniques, and are available, along with others, in various sizes.