Gerard Blair was raised in the North of England and has lived in the South, in Scotland, Israel, Japan and now in the United States. Professionally, he is a Microchip designer and is pleased to note that in 1986 he wrote the first drafts of a funding proposal for his Professor at Edinburgh University to start early research into CMOS digital sensors – although this does not really help him take better photographs.
Gerard’s first attempts at photography was in 1998 with a basement darkroom, all in black and white; since then he has moved into digital but has retained a love of contrast. His main outlet has been the Great Allentown Fair – an annual event including livestock and photography where he normally gets a first place on one of the categories and has twice won best-in-show. Baa! Well, we all have to start somewhere. One consequence of this focus has been a preponderance of portraits in his portfolio … of sheep and goats and fowl and such; thankfully, several vacations have broadened his range of subjects. Now, semi-retired, he is able to devote time to the study of the history of painting, and to explore the creation of his own art using the camera.
His goal in photography is to discover ineffable joys, to capture beauty which might otherwise have passed by unseen.