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Jim Witkowski

Jim Witkowski Photography

Goodyear, AZ

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Like most photographers, I didnít know that I was interested in photography until I got a gift camera. I was eighteen at the time and until then I had an interest in art, but little talent. With the Instamatic, I began making photographs that people complemented. With that encouragement, I set off to become a master photographer.

Although I took a couple of photography classes, Iím self taught. My greatest learning period was while stationed overseas. We photo geeks, would spend weekends scouring the South Korean countryside then take over the baseís recreation center darkroom on weeknights. Weíd develop, print and mount our images and mail them home to our wives and girlfriends. My free time and money were spent on film, paper and postage.

In the beginning, I wanted to shoot Ansel Adams landscapes, Irving Penn fashions, Minor White street scenes, Pete Lyons racecars, Atget alleys and Playboy centerfolds. In time it became apparent that being a master photographer was an elusive goal. Perhaps thatís why, during a difficult period of my life, I easily lost interest. I still thought of myself as a photographer, but I wasn't shooting.

In 2001, a friend showed me prints he made on his inkjet printer. He was making color prints better than I could in black and white. I had to give it a try and when I did, I was hooked again. Just as before, I learned technique by reading and doing. Being thick headed, I sometimes had to read twice.

Iíve given up on becoming the second Ansel Adams, I no longer find fashion photography appealing and pretty women run away when they see me with a camera, and I still struggle to find my own voice. When I was younger, I thought I should shoot the whole world. Now I find myself revisiting the places Iíve grown to love. Iíve accepted that being a master photographer is perhaps out of reach, but the journey of mastering my craft is rewarding enough.

Please enjoy your visit and come back often.
jw

 

Storm Over Lake St. Mary by Jim Witkowski

 

Madison County Grain Elevator by Jim Witkowski

 

Kirkland Hoodoo by Jim Witkowski

 

Kirkland Peak by Jim Witkowski

 

Kirkland Shop by Jim Witkowski

 

Wittman Store by Jim Witkowski

 

Skull Valley Station by Jim Witkowski

 

A Frame by Jim Witkowski

 

Buds and Blossom by Jim Witkowski

 

Hedgehog by Jim Witkowski

 

Brown Spine Cholla Blossoms by Jim Witkowski

 

Purple Cholla Blossom by Jim Witkowski

 

Kirkland Creek Canyon by Jim Witkowski

 

Windmill and Tank by Jim Witkowski

 

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Martin Mountain by Jim Witkowski

 

Weaver Winter Storm by Jim Witkowski

 

Harquahala Sunset by Jim Witkowski

 

Desert Sage by Jim Witkowski

 

Cholla Winter Storm by Jim Witkowski

 

Woody's by Jim Witkowski

 

Livery by Jim Witkowski

 

Johnson's Dry Goods by Jim Witkowski

 

Alley Shed by Jim Witkowski

 

Blue Plaid by Jim Witkowski

 

Station 71 by Jim Witkowski

 

Sierra Vista Motel by Jim Witkowski

 

Sheriff Barricade by Jim Witkowski

 

Congress Community Chuch by Jim Witkowski

 

Weaver Mtn. Super Moon Eclipse by Jim Witkowski

 

Vulture Mountain by Jim Witkowski

 

Date Creek Mountains Sunset by Jim Witkowski

 

303 Overpass by Jim Witkowski

 

Moose Moon by Jim Witkowski

 

Goodyear Sunrise by Jim Witkowski

 

Estrella Pond by Jim Witkowski

 

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Yuma Road Trailers by Jim Witkowski

 

Two Palms by Jim Witkowski

 

Norte Vista by Jim Witkowski

 

White Box by Jim Witkowski

 

Hotel Mark Twain by Jim Witkowski

 

Harrigan Building by Jim Witkowski

 

Grant Street by Jim Witkowski

 

Transamerica Title by Jim Witkowski

 

The Wharf by Jim Witkowski

 

Rush Hour Fog by Jim Witkowski

 

Powell Street by Jim Witkowski