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Byron Will Photography
3334 NE 19th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212

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Biography

Music and the outdoors have been the mainstays. Photography grew from love of nature, hiking and capturing these transient and inspirational moments. Sailing and sailboat racing was another form of interaction with others and with the elements. Harpsichord making grew out of love for composers and their music from the past. Somehow, they are all related, then, and now.

Growing up in a large metropolitan area in the Midwest, the interesting places were the pockets of nature along Lake Michigan or open fields next to industry. Pheasants and rabbits eked out a living next to drop forges. First experiences of the West were trips via rail (The Great Northern) to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Montana. Dad shot rolls of Kodachrome slides of Glacier Park. Later, he became keenly interested in 3-D photography with a Realist Stereo camera.

In the early 70's, the first real photographic artistic endeavors were with a basic SLR I bought while working at Sears (by Ricoh) and Tri-X film. Close up diopters were a welcome addition. 50mm f/1.4 served well for many years. Uneven academically in Climatology (loved the subject, was lost in programming FORTRAN), I switched to Art, Music History and Literature. Grades improved dramatically, harpsichord keyboard skills improved slowly. The West beckoned.

Color slides supplanted B&W. Nikon replaced Ricoh. The Northwest became home in 1975; an ideal combination of weather and light, mountains, water, forests and fine woods for instrument making.

Transitioned slowly from slide film to digital starting in 2001. Photoshop had already been a friend since version 3 with layers starting in 1994. As inkjet printers continued to improve, the digital darkroom was complete, with better tools and welcomed control of the final print.

Being outdoors, capturing those fleeting moments, remains humbling, amazing and reflective.

A desire to share knowledge acquired over the years led to teaching part-time at Portland Community College in 2002. Learning from participants in my classes is equally rewarding as helping to facilitate their creative goals.

Teaching continues in 2017 with workshops, as well as my continuing classes at PCC . Please see my Classes/Workshops page. You can also visit my PCC class listings here.

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