For our first member spotlight we chose Kay Ramming who recently finished a lengthy term as our President and beloved leader.
I lived all my life in Los Angeles and Southern California until moving to a very small town in Wisconsin. Shortly after arriving in Baraboo I realized even though my husband ran one of the biggest manufacturing plants in town, no one was really interested in me!. This was something I was not used to, so I took myself off to the University of Wisconsin to see what I could find. After trying many different art classes I found photography. Wow! It seemed like magic when the print would appear in the tray in the darkroom, and I still love seeing that today!
I don’t really know how to describe my photography style, I like to photograph places, people and I do like street photography as well. I really enjoy the alternative darkroom process, Lith Printing. An example of an Lith image is the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.
I am currently hoping to do a series of photographs about a friends farm and historic house in Springfield she has spent many years restoring. And, if you know me you will know I have been working for a very long time getting a darkroom up and running at my home — really, it’s almost there!!
I was very pleased with this image of Cheekwood in the snow, I think it was last winter.
In today’s world of photography I am a big fan of my friend Tim Rudman, his special talent is Lith Printing and he has written books on the subject. I have had the pleasure to be in the darkroom with him but not shoot with him. In the past world of photography I am a very big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
I continue to work on the project of my friend in Springfield’s historic house and hope to have a nice series when finished, here is an interior image of this wonderful place.
I feel my best work has been my Paris Lith series, at least it’s my favorite!
The future for me in photography — that’s a good question?? I really have no idea, in artist statements I usually say something like to “continue to learn and do the best work I can” and well, I really need to get out there and take more pictures!
Here are a few more images from Kay’s wonderful lith series from Paris…