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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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 - Closed
 

Closed by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Crusty Cafe
 

Crusty Cafe' by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Cabin Window
 

Cabin Window by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Little Birdhouse
 

Little Birdhouse by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - No Muggles
 

No Muggles by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Chimneys - BW
 

Chimneys - BW by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Chimneys
 

Chimneys by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Staff Only - BW
 

Staff Only - BW by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Staff Only
 

Staff Only by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Alley - BW
 

Alley - BW by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - J. P. Donnelly House Dressed for Christmas
 

J. P. Donnelly House Dressed for Christmas by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Lonely Alley
 

Lonely Alley by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - 20130929-DSC02233-2
 

20130929-DSC02233-2 by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - 20130929-DSC02233
 

20130929-DSC02233 by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Weathered
 

Weathered by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - An Aged Balcony
 

An Aged Balcony by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - To The Courtyard
 

To The Courtyard by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - To The Courtyard - BW
 

To The Courtyard - BW by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Weathered Shop
 

Weathered Shop by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - 20121130_DSC01611_PNT
 

20121130_DSC01611_PNT by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Donnelly 1922
 

Donnelly 1922 by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - A Yellow Cover
 

A Yellow Cover by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - A Crooked Little Barn
 

A Crooked Little Barn by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Peeling
 

Peeling by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Second Empire
 

Second Empire by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Call Me
 

Call Me by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Governor
 

Governor's Palace by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Bruton Parish Church
 

Bruton Parish Church by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Brick Face
 

Brick Face by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Simple Country Church
 

Simple Country Church by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Simple Country Church - BW
 

Simple Country Church - BW by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
 

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Mason Street School
 

Mason Street School by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Ornate Entrance
 

Ornate Entrance by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - The Green Door
 

The Green Door by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Mail Slot
 

Mail Slot by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Six Arched Windows
 

Six Arched Windows by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Tours And Souvenirs
 

Tours And Souvenirs by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Pink Closet
 

Pink Closet by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Water Wheel
 

Water Wheel by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Missing Bricks
 

Missing Bricks by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Charleston Alley
 

Charleston Alley by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Ring The Bell
 

Ring The Bell by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - St. Philip
 

St. Philip's Episcopal Church by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Green Spirals
 

Green Spirals by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Tread On Me
 

Tread On Me by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - No Entry
 

No Entry by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - French Time
 

French Time by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Blue Polka-Dot Wave
 

Blue Polka-Dot Wave by Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes - Green Polka-Dot Curve
 

Green Polka-Dot Curve by Christopher Holmes

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