Ron Gingerich is an independent, self-taught photographer with over 50 years experience behind the lens and in the dark/light room. Creating images that inspire has been his lifelong passion from the first moment he watched a print coming to life in the developer tray as a teenager in southern Colorado. His first camera was a beautiful 6x9cm folding Voightlander Bessa I retired by his father in favor of a newer 35mm rangefinder many years earlier. It was an old-fashioned all-manual “guess focus” camera but a fine learning tool with a tack sharp lens. His first darkroom involved convincing his three sisters to avoid the family bathroom for several hours and using one of the red Christmas tree lamps as a safelight. The bathtub became a platform for the enlarger plus trays of developer, stop, and “hypo”. Finished prints received their final wash in the sink.
Hearing the call of the sea, Ron relocated to Honolulu in 1980. Over the years in Hawaiʻi he expressed himself with every type and size of camera from pinhole to 4×5, exposed countless rolls of Kodachrome through his Nikons, and expanded his perception with Infrared, Underwater, Stereo (3D), and Panoramic photography. In 1998 he resettled to the serene and picturesque island of Lanaʻi where he began a new body of work featuring the stunning vistas and unspoiled natural beauty he found there. Ron’s photography is all about light, and on Lanaʻi he found qualities of light he had seen nowhere else in his life, as well as a peaceful home in a community of exceptionally fine people.
After 30 years working in darkrooms, realizing that chemical based photography was going the way of vinyl records; he reluctantly began the transition from dark to light in 1999. As the technology progressed he happily discovered that “digital negatives” (RAW files) provide greater creative potential than any film ever made. Now more than ever, the “eye of the artist” is free to focus on visualizing the result. After five decades of falling in love behind the lens Ron knows that there has never been a more exciting time to imagine and share the images he creates.
You can find his work at lanaiphotographer.com