In 1972, Loren Nelson picked up a Deardorff 4X5 view camera and began to organize the world on a four-by-five-inch piece of frosted glass. Nelson photographed with film and used a traditional darkroom to produce silver gelatin prints for over 40 years. But recently, he has switched to a digital workflow, using 35mm digital cameras and an iPhone to more spontaneously respond to his surroundings, and printing his images with archival pigment inks on fine-art papers. Portfolios include landscapes, seascapes, botanicals, and “Under Wraps”, a series of plastic-wrapped buildings.
Nelson’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Portland Art Museum; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR; and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL. He is represented by the Portland Art Museum/Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR. and has been published in View Camera, LensWork, B&W, and Shots Magazines.