Robert Demar, Photographer
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Robert Demar has been taking pictures, capturing his surroundings on film, since he was a young boy with a Brownie Hawkeye. While his photographic career began in the Seattle area, he now lives and works on San Juan Island in Washington state, where he finds his camera drawn to many compelling subjects.
Between 1975 and 2002, Demar worked almost exclusively in black and white photography, doing all of his own darkroom processing and printing. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions of his B&W photographs in the greater Seattle area and on San Juan Island during this period, including:
Although Demar enjoys taking photos everywhere he goes, he tends to concentrate on certain subject matter, attempting to see it in every possible light (literally and figuratively). In addition to the photographic series mentioned above, he has also worked extensively with such subjects as old homesteads and scenic landscapes of the Methow River Valley in Eastern Washington, and the wind-sculpted formations of the Oregon Dunes.
When asked why he worked in black and white photography, Demar would say that he enjoyed the control and fine tuning possible during the process of creating toned, silver gelatin, fine art prints in his own darkroom. Since working with a color lab to create color prints was not as satisfying, he stuck with B&W for the most part.
However, when professional digital cameras and the capability to make high quality, archival digital giclée prints became available around 2000, Demar began to apply his well-developed photographic talents to taking color pictures. His first color study to be shown in exhibition was Fish Net Variations - a series of macro and close-up images manifesting the alluring textures, patterns and colors found in nets and fishing gear used by salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest.
Some of the subjects now attracting Demar’s color-tuned eye and digital camera are:
Robert Demar is also quite well known for his professional aerial photography. He takes assignments from realtors, publication editors, the Visitor Bureau and private individuals, who depend on him to provide clear, accurate images of island properties and surrounding environment. The photos in San Juan Aerials, a series taken from some of his assignments, validate the name given to these islands, The Crown Jewels of the Pacific Northwest.
Demar welcomes you to this on-line gallery of his photography, past and present. It is his intention to add new series of images periodically.