Featured Photographer: Aaron C. Greenman.

Guest Post, Inspiration

Aaron Greenman - Self Portrait

“…I consider photographs records.”

—Aaron C. Greenman.

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Aaron C. Greenman

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About.

41 yrs old.  Lives in Brussels, Belgium, and has previously lived and worked on four continents.  With a Bachelors of Art in Art and Architectural History from Amherst College, and an earlier career in newspaper journalism, Aaron has always been interested in photography’s unique balance between its technical and artistic sides, and his aesthetic sense is deeply informed by his journalistic training.

Cameras and lenses.

Leica M9 with the following lenses: Leica 24/2.8 Asph, Leica 28/2.0 Asph, Leica Asph, 35/1.4 Asph, Leica 50/1.4 Asph and Leica 90/2.8. Aaron uses the 35mm the vast majority of the time, with a little 50mm every once in a while for better reach or portraits.

What’s important.

“Perhaps because of my respect for the old tenants of journalism, I like living in relative ignorance about the capabilities of the digital darkroom. I do adjust exposure and sometimes levels, but I consider photographs records. My goal is to represent the three ingredients that I consider most important − acuity, color, and grain (the name of my website and, of course, my initials). The common striving for technical perfection I find boring, and it often drains the emotional value from an image.”

Interesting fact.

“I read constantly about both the technical side and artistic aspects of photography, and about my favorite photographers − Sebastião Salgado, Willy Ronis, Marc Riboud, Vivian Maier, among others. That being said, I have a very difficult time describing my own photography, and often find that I’m annoyed by others (over)describing their work. I’m content to let others either see or not see value in it, and interpret it as they see fit.”

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Today, I am very pleased to feature the distinguished work of Mr. Aaron C. Greenman.

Aaron is a passionate photographer whose work is heavily influenced by his previous experience in newspaper journalism and his interest in the graphic arts.  Although he approaches his craft with discipline and dedication, he eschews the quest for technical perfection and heavy post-processing, choosing instead to place paramount importance on witnessing and recording content.   It’s that content, captured spontaneously and without preconceived notions, that both guides and defines his work.

Also, Aaron employs black and white imagery to communicate his vision, to reveal the layers of everyday life, and to highlight the shades of grey embedded in a given moment.

Without further ado, I present several images from Aaron’s body of work.   Please visit acuitycolorgrain to see and learn more.

[Also, his first retrospective may be purchased at acuitycolorgrain (US itunes).]

—Peter.

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Images courtesy Aaron C. Greenman.

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My sincere thank you to Mr. Aaron Greenman for providing me with the privilege of sharing his work.

—Peter.

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[Previous Featured Photographers may be found here.]

16 thoughts on “Featured Photographer: Aaron C. Greenman.

  1. Thanks for sharing Aaron’s work Peter! I really like your presentation of guest photographers! I appreciate that Aaron has used little to no additional post processing from his images. Just a short time with my M-E I can see that these images look like they could be jpgs straight out of the camera. The M9 files B&W in camera conversion are amazing to me. Plus I just read Erwin Puts article on the the new M where he talks about getting everything right in camera so one can go straight from RAW to print.

    I see Aaron has done this with his images you’ve presented for him here.

    Thanks again for making this change in your blog showcasing other photographers.

  2. The title photo is incredible….does not shoe up in main group…plus the last one for me are stand outs (love people and portrait photography)

    Very mice work and certainly images I will be inspired by.

    Thanks also Peter.

  3. Hello Peter, Thanks for the guest posts. I always enjoy your thoughtful introductions. They are quality selections, & real photography!!

    Hello Aaron, Great Photography especially they are all B&W. Great images showing our world, & how people relate to the world, their environment & one another. They all make me think.

    Well done.
    Michael Sin.

  4. Thank you for sharing Aaron’s work, Peter. Beautiful expression and records. I particularly like the photograph with the dog sleeping as well as the last photograph with the children. Excellent expressions and tonalities.

  5. First of all I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t
    mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior
    to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Many thanks!

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