For our first member spotlight we chose Kay Ramming who recently finished a lengthy term as our President and beloved leader.

1. How did you get started in photography?

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!

2. How would you best describe your photography style? 

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. 

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3. What are you currently working on with your photography?

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!!

4. What one photograph from the past year are you most pleased? 

I was very pleased with this image of Cheekwood in the snow, I think it was last winter.

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5. Who in the Photography world, past or present, would you like to meet and shoot with for a day?

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.

6. Are you currently working on a project or series?  If yes, please describe. 

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.

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7. What is your most significant accomplishment with your photography?

I feel my best work has been my Paris Lith series, at least it’s my favorite!

 

8. What does the future hold for you and your photography?

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…

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