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Don James is a creator of abstract photographic images. He finds inspiration in natural, industrial, and urban environments, being drawn to subjects that are rarely noticed by others. They are pieces of man-made structures, details of common objects, or short-lived fragments of nature that are continuously sculpted by the elements.

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Don’s interest in photography began while he was earning a degree in engineering at Cornell University. He joined the yearbook photo staff, where he was trained in film processing and darkroom printing, and contributed many images of the beautiful Cornell campus and university sports events.

He has been influenced by the abstract photographs of Brett Weston, Aaron Siskind, and William Garnett, as well as images by Precisionist painters and photographers of the early twentieth century. His work emphasizes form, line, and texture. James’s photographic process is now digital; however, he uses a minimal amount of post-processing, comparable to the basic manipulations that were used in making his traditional darkroom prints.

Don says, “My goal as a photographer is to show people what they’re missing in their day-to-day environment. No matter where you live, work, or travel, there are things that will stimulate your own creative instincts.“

Don James’s photographs have appeared in exhibitions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York. He is a long-time Maryland resident, and does much of his photography near his home in Carroll County.