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Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes by Tom Persinger

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France Scully Osterman

When asked whose photographs inspire me, I am often at a loss for words. I can list a number of photographers whose work I admire, but it is painters who have a more direct influence on my style, process, composition, and lighting. Ultimately, however, my work is driven by personal life experience.

As an artist, I gravitate to portraiture. My father was an oil painter, and the paintings he did when I was a child were often representational portraits. While watching him paint, I fell in love with his process, technique, and style. I loved the smell of the turpentine and linseed oil. Naturally, most of my early drawings and paintings were portraits.

My goal as a portrait photographer has been to capture the personality ...

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