Peter Nagainis is a self-taught photographer residing in Oceanside. Born in Canada, he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and continues to take an avid interest in Science and Technology. As a student, he acquired an avid interest in traditional methods of Photography and Image Making. Working primarily in black and white, he learned methods to improve film and prints, which he now carries over into his digital workflow and constantly works to create new and unique images.
“For me, a fine print is the ultimate goal. I find my science background is invaluable in understanding how to improve the way I capture and create an image.”
He insists that digital post-processing is an absolute necessity to produce great images; a photographer who doesn’t understand what can be gained by applying tools such as Photoshop to images does himself a great disservice.
“The Grand Master of the printed image, Ansel Adams worked tirelessly with darkroom chemistry to improve negatives and the final quality of the print. If he were alive today, he would embrace digital photo methods to replace those traditional processes in a heartbeat.”
Refining digital capture and printmaking techniques is not a goal in itself. Applying what we learn simply expands the toolkit with which we capture and create fresh new photographic art. The entire process becomes a meditative and therapeutic experience, which like any other creative journey requires quiet contemplation, and an unwavering dedication to improvement. One must be disciplined to take the time to remain focused and remain immersed in the moment to allow new ideas to emerge. That’s often a rare experience in our fast-paced lives, but ultimately one that is the most rewarding.