Spring Valley Wind, near Ely, Nevada.
Photographing since he was seven, Deon Reynolds began investigating and documenting the rich history of the American West with his father, Robert Reynolds, a prolific artist and Portland Art Museum instructor of drawing and design. He shaped Deon’s art career through art history and constant practice. Curiosity led him to take his black & white landscape photographs with plastic cameras. Their simplicity and spontaneity allows him to be more emotionally responsive to his ever-changing environment. Reynolds’ camera of choice is a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera. He recycles the cardboard cover, removes the color film and modifies the interior. Using a darkroom tent, he reloads the camera with Tri-X black & white film and uses filtration while shooting and adjusts aspects of processing to maximize the film’s potential.