Alpine Rose Studio
About the Artist:

Gary A. Morrison is originally from Texas and honed his craft inside a family who pursued many artistic endeavors. He credits his first camera, a Polaroid Model 104, in providing a wealth of instant lessons on composition and lighting, much like the instant feedback digital cameras provide today. His friends will say he was never seen without a still or movie camera in his hand. In the process of his photographic education, Gary emerged as a trained cinematographer with over 50 documentary films to his credit, traveling the Texas Coast and the Caribbean as a photojournalist for marine publishing reporting on the recreational boating industry.

For a number of years, Mr. Morrison worked for the Space Shuttle Program and applied his visual skills as part of the team enhancing photographic and video documentation for the orbit phase of each mission. By setting up cameras in the ground-based simulators and running computer graphic programs of planned mission events, he tailored the best methods for documenting those activities cognizant of crew time, vehicle position, sun angles, and mission priorities. Later he would train the astronaut crews how to set up the photographic and video equipment inside the simulators prior to each mission. "I would always show the crew my computer or simulator tape runs of what I felt "the signature shots" were of the mission, putting the onus on them emphasizing the inability to go back and retake the photo if the opportunity is missed. That usually got even the hardest boiled engineer or military type's attention"

His artistic journey continued when he moved to Nantucket Massachusetts where photographic opportunities abound. While there, he swore off conventional film photography and transitioned to a true digital workflow becoming an early pioneer and proponent of digital photography.

"The ability to have a darkroom on the computer as oppose to your bathroom or closet or studio down the road frees the artist. The space that once was the darkroom is now the image workstation. Where once the chemical tank and paper trays table sat now are highly capable ink jet printers. The advent of digital photography workflow is a paradigm not seen since the introduction of the Kodak Brownie. The generation growing up today will never know the today the magic of working under a safe light."

Photography is one of the more subtle forms of the expressive arts and there will always be interest in seeing the world as captured through another's eye. The tools available today to translate that artistic vision to the screen or the canvas or frame make it a very exciting time to be involved in this industry. "I am often asked about the type of equipment I use for my photos and my advice has always been that the best camera you will ever use is the one you have in your hand taking pictures. An axiom as true today as was when I shot with my old Polaroid."

Gary and wife Charlie with their cats, reside in Austin, Texas.