Christopher Holmes - Fine Artist

Christopher Holmes

Eustis, FL - United States

 
 
 

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Christopher Holmes

Eustis, FL - United States

Christopher Holmes - Fine Artist

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About Christopher Holmes

First things first; All images presented here are copyrighted by the photographer, Christopher E. Holmes, and may not be used without written permission. Requests for written permission to use these images in situations other than what is provided here must be made to: Christopher@ocularperceptions.com.

What follows is an abbreviated biography. Visit my blog entry 'How I Got Here' for my extended biography.

How I Got Here
I first got my hands on a camera when I was 2 years old. It was a beautiful Kodak Brownie. This moment was recorded by my grandfather who always carried at least three cameras. I didn't immediately start taking pictures but I did get into art. My first memorable works were in oil. My parent's oils to be exact and my first canvases were the screen door of the house and the side of the family car. Later I even added my own special touch to their paintings. That's when my parents decided I needed my own supplies. From then on I was always drawing or painting.

When I was 13 years old, Kodak came into my life again. The neighbor across the street had several boxes out on the curb which drew my attention. Upon inspection of the boxes and a short conversation with the homeowner, I became the proud new owner of a Kodak 35 Rangefinder with various attachments. I took my new toys home, loaded some film and proceeded to become addicted to photography. That Christmas my grandfather gave me everything I needed for my first darkroom. From that time on I was hooked.

I married my High School sweetheart in 1977. I worked a myriad of different jobs before I served 20 years and retired from the US Air Force. During this time we had 3 beautiful daughters who all got to be my models, willingly or not. Due to circumstances, I had to pack my cameras and darkroom away for awhile.

At the end of February 2007 I finally bought a Sony A100 DSLR with several lenses and the rest of the gadgets they could talk me into and started back into the world of visual exploration. By mid June 2007 I had over 7,000 images. Many of which were nothing more than painful lessons. To say I was rusty would be a polite way to put it. I had to re-learn many of the skills I used to perform naturally and there are still more to remember.

I have upgraded several times since that initial purchase, both hardware and software as well as improved my skills with lots of practice. Not as much practice as Id like but Im working on that issue. As far as the images on display here, you'll notice quickly enough that I don't limit my vision to any specific style, target or environment. If it gets in front of my lens and I like it, it's mine. With more time and experience I may settle into a style and/or specialty but, until then Im going to keep having fun exploring the possibilities available. I hope you enjoy my work and please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss any of the images presented here.

Thank you,

Christopher Holmes


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Structures

I love and so look for structures with character. Structures don't necessarily have character at the artist's concept or even when built. They have style and form in their begining. But character comes with time. It comes through surviving use and in many cases abuse. Not only from the people it was designed to serve but nature as well. From the time the construction foreman says "We're done" and hands over the keys, a structure is under attack. Every form of attack leaves its signature on the structure, adding a new piece to the structure's story and of course, character. The architects and builders put all their knowledge and skill into creating a structure that would stand for ages. But the structure is created from materials collected from nature and nature wants them back. Structures with character display the scars of this epic battle of resisting a return to the raw materials it came from. I see this as a reflection of our own resistance to returning to what we were. In our mind we've come so far, we've learned so much there's no reason to go back. But, in the end, our bodies, wearing the proof of all our battles, all of our character, release our souls and like the structures we've created, return to nature. It's not pointless, I see beauty in the struggle. Our structures are a record of our own progress; caves, mud huts, stick huts, stone huts, to using every material we can dig up and modify. We study the story of past structures with the hopes of learning how to make one last longer. In the same token we read the stories of those with the greatest character before us in hopes of learning how to be the best we can be. In the end, each of our creations should be an improvement on previous creations, whether it be our structures or peoples.

Christopher Holmes - Little Birdhouse

Little Birdhouse

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Christopher Holmes - No Muggles

No Muggles

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Christopher Holmes - Chimneys - BW

Chimneys - BW

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Christopher Holmes - Chimneys

Chimneys

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Christopher Holmes - Staff Only - BW

Staff Only - BW

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Christopher Holmes - Staff Only

Staff Only

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Christopher Holmes - Alley - BW

Alley - BW

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Christopher Holmes - Lonely Alley

Lonely Alley

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20130929-DSC02233-2

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20130929-DSC02233

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Christopher Holmes - Weathered

Weathered

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Christopher Holmes - An Aged Balcony

An Aged Balcony

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Christopher Holmes - To The Courtyard

To The Courtyard

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Christopher Holmes - To The Courtyard - BW

To The Courtyard - BW

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Christopher Holmes - Weathered Shop

Weathered Shop

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Christopher Holmes - 20121130_DSC01611_PNT

20121130_DSC01611_PNT

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Christopher Holmes - Donnelly 1922

Donnelly 1922

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Christopher Holmes - A Yellow Cover

A Yellow Cover

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Christopher Holmes - A Crooked Little Barn

A Crooked Little Barn

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Christopher Holmes - Peeling

Peeling

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Christopher Holmes - Second Empire

Second Empire

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Christopher Holmes - Call Me

Call Me

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Christopher Holmes - Governor

Governor's Palace

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Christopher Holmes - Bruton Parish Church

Bruton Parish Church

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Christopher Holmes - Brick Face

Brick Face

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Christopher Holmes - Simple Country Church

Simple Country Church

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Christopher Holmes - Simple Country Church - BW

Simple Country Church - BW

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Christopher Holmes - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

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Christopher Holmes - Mason Street School

Mason Street School

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Christopher Holmes - Ornate Entrance

Ornate Entrance

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Christopher Holmes - The Green Door

The Green Door

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Christopher Holmes - Mail Slot

Mail Slot

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Christopher Holmes - Six Arched Windows

Six Arched Windows

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Christopher Holmes - Tours And Souvenirs

Tours And Souvenirs

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Christopher Holmes - Pink Closet

Pink Closet

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Christopher Holmes - Water Wheel

Water Wheel

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Christopher Holmes - Missing Bricks

Missing Bricks

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Christopher Holmes - Charleston Alley

Charleston Alley

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Christopher Holmes - Ring The Bell

Ring The Bell

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Christopher Holmes - Green Spirals

Green Spirals

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Christopher Holmes - Tread On Me

Tread On Me

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Christopher Holmes - No Entry

No Entry

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Christopher Holmes - French Time

French Time

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Christopher Holmes - Blue Polka-Dot Wave

Blue Polka-Dot Wave

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Christopher Holmes - Green Polka-Dot Curve

Green Polka-Dot Curve

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Christopher Holmes - Abstract In The Windows

Abstract In The Windows

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Christopher Holmes - Mural Reflected

Mural Reflected

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Christopher Holmes - Chateaux Finerty

Chateaux Finerty

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