Dean Lent has been a photographer for approximately 10 years now and has had his photographs displayed within the Mountain Arts Network for approximately two years.
Lent stated the entirety started while he changed into 9-years-old and saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time.
“I always preferred films as a child,” Lent stated. “When I noticed 2001, I turned into like ‘holy shit.’ I become a kid. I didn’t virtually understand it… but the visuals made me loopy, and I have become obsessed with Stanley Kubrick.”
Lent went to the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. While there, he and a chum got positions as production assistants in Paris, Texas. After that, they collectively got $five,000 to make their personal independent film, Border Radio.
“It became this semi-cult movie,” Lent stated approximately Border Radio.
That movie led Lent to film and directing track videos earlier than his buddy was given funding to make the indie film Gas Food Lodging. From there, Lent moved to TV, working on indicates, which includes The Tyra Banks Show and The Steve Harvey Show.
While operating on The Lyra Banks display, Lent started taking photos along with his flip smartphone. He said they have been virtually hard and edgy and seemed terrible. He was given an app called Picasa and began experimenting with that to make his pictures look better.
“I started taking photographs of other matters except for my apartment,” Lent stated. “I started out doing road photography in New York City with my cellular smartphone. Eventually, I was given a display at this little gallery. No one showed up, as it becomes Christmas time. However, matters continually begin gradually.”
Later, he was given into any other gallery in Manhatten; however, then moved to Chicago to paintings on The Steve Harvey Show.
Lent said that the majority of his photography from New York and Chicago “became avenue [photography] and kind of minimalist and without a doubt uncooked, edgy, and atypical. Sometimes abstract.” Eventually, he commenced experimenting with textures and oversaturated colorations too.
After 25 years as a cinematographer, Lent came into an inheritance and determined to retire to Lake Arrowhead. Once right here, he stated he got into the Mountain Arts Gallery very quickly.
“I went to get some waffles and went next door,” Lent stated about his first come across with the neighborhood gallery.
Lent said he changed into asking about the gallery, showed them some photos from his phone, and got into the gallery right away.
“It came about surely, simply fast,” Lent stated.
Lent started his original fashion of photography wasn’t as popular up right here, although, so he made a few changes.
“I shifted to tour, bizarre, roadside attractions. Less edgy, greater pastoral,” Lent said about his more moderen fashion. “I constantly try to put a few sorts of twist into it due to the fact all people can take a picture of the Grand Canyon. I continually try and reframe it to offer it my signature and make it interesting to me.”
Lent said he has two favorite parts of pictures. The first is getting the photograph he pics in his thoughts.
“You’ll go to an area, pass the digicam around, and take a few snapshots,” Lent said. You’re getting near, and then you definately get it, and your whole frame is going ‘yummy.’”
The other quality part of images for Lent is whilst he takes a sequence of snapshots and thinks he knows which one is the first-class of the bunch; however, “you’ll get lower back domestic and comprehend that [another photo] became the quality photograph.”
For Lent, growing a photograph isn’t pretty much snapping it at the camera, although. He’s used conventional movies in the beyond but embraces virtual images and the equipment it brings to the desk.
“I become always frustrated with film because I had this aspect in my head…. [The prints] were cool, but I usually wanted to head similarly,” Lent said. “When digital came out, what I should do after taking the image was twice as a whole lot as taking the picture.”