Like many photographers, I started getting serious about taking pictures when I took vacations to interesting places, visiting my in-laws in Italy, hiking the Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, on a three-week trip to Leh and the Ladakh region in northern India, and so on. In the middle of all this I upgraded my point and shoot camera to a DSLR and started buying toys and taking the occasional photography workshop. I tried to make time in my day to day life to take pictures. But teaching and writing history, walking my dog, getting exercise, buying groceries, and other day to day duties made it difficult. I’d go months without using any of my growing pile of camera equipment.
In June 2013, I started a 365 project, committing to posting a picture everyday to a website, no matter how banal, hurried, or unsatisfying. You can go see these images at my Blipfoto website. I post others to a VSCO website. In 2014, I started a blog called No Ordinary Light. There will be a lot of overlap between this Zenfolio site and my blog. This website is meant to be more permanent, searchable, and curatorial.
As with my blog, I plan to post week to week. Most images will be places, people, and things from Grand Rapids, MI, where I live. Others will be from places where I’m traveling–in the past year or so, for example, Italy, France, upper state New York, southern Ontario, Arizona, Alberta, Florida, and California. I'll probably put a lot of my old photographs here too.
For the most part, these days, I don’t seek out the exotic, in subject matter or lighting conditions, unless it is part of what is ordinary for that day or I’m in an uncharacteristic mood. I suppose that if I have a philosophy implied in my photography, it amounts to looking for the mundane in what seems exotic and seeing the extraordinary in what seems ordinary and familiar.
It sounds kind of weeny and self-important, but . . . All of my images in this website are copyrighted by me, Will Katerberg. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use or duplication of content from this site is strictly prohibited unless proper credit is given and a link back to the site is included. Of course, I’m happy to let you use or copy my images, if you ask. Commercial use of any type is prohibited without written permission from William Katerberg and appropriate licensing fees are paid. I’m not holding my breath.