The West - Photography by Robert Oliver
My wanderings around the Southwestern United States with a 4x5 camera
by Robert Oliver, photographer
Not many people can claim their career was inspired by something they saw in the bathroom!
My passion for photography was discovered in my mom’s makeshift darkroom that she set up in the family bathroom when I was only 5 years old.
That discovery helped lead me towards a career that has lasted more than two decades and has taken me around the world.
In 2004, and facing career burnout due to changes in the photography industry, I decided to take a 4x5 film camera on our family vacation to Yosemite. The combination of stunning scenery and the old-school approach to photography re-ignited my passion for the craft that had somehow fizzled in the digital era. For some reason, the slow and contemplative workflow needed to operate one of these archaic cameras was exactly what I needed.
This book is a small sample of some of the photographs I have created with my trusty 4x5 camera and B&W film.
I wasn't born with a camera in my hand, but it didn't take long for me to find one. When I was 5 years old my mom set up a makeshift darkroom in the family bathroom.... and I was hooked. That first encounter with photography started my life-long journey as a photographer. My career has taken me around the world and allowed me to photograph a wide variety of editorial and commerical assignments: from a rock climber perched high on the cliffs of Yosemite to the Olympics in Sydney Australia. I've photographed the ancient Dol hareubang statues that gaurd against evil spirits on Korea's Jeju Island and the slanted architecture on the beaches of Santos, Brazil. Like the great Johnny Cash song... I've been everywhere! Well not quite, but I'm working on it. Hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of published photos later, I still am hooked on Photography. Photography has been a major part of my life since I first witnessed that image magically appear in the tray full of dev
Kimberly and John Gillis Published August 31, 2010