Nancy Rommes is the owner of Travel Audios, a company that produces Audio Guides for National Parks. Inspired by the natural landscapes in which she was working, Nancy turned to photography as a visual and artistic outlet more than a decade ago. To perfect her craft, she studied with some of America's best photographers of the landscape, including John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum, Phillip Hyde and Linde Waidhofer. Nancy, and her husband, Don, make their home in Gold Beach, Oregon.
"While delighting in the pristine beauty of the uninhabited landscape, my love of people has compelled me to include a human presence (implied or real) as a vital element of my recent photographs." – Nancy Rommes
IMAGES OF ORKNEY
Orkney (or Isles of Orkney) refers collectively to about seventy treeless, windblown, peat-rich islands located about ten miles north of the Scottish mainland. Officially annexed by Scotland from Norway in 1471, these islands were inhabited almost as soon as glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age. Neolithic sites abound, as do Standing Stones – massive slabs of rock, solitary or grouped in rings, erected for mysterious reasons three thousand years before Christ. Between sites, study farmhouses, built of gray stone, punctuate the undulating grassy landscape. Thick smoke comes from some of the chimneys – evidence that a peat fire is providing warmth.
"During our three-week visit to Orkney, we photographed Neolithic tombs and settlements, standing stones and grassy pastures, castles and cathedrals. While everything was visually interesting, we found ourselves most captivated by the modest interiors of ancient stone farmhouses. Warm and smokey, decorated with the simplest of furnishings, they were illuminated only the weak light from leaden skies penetrating the single pane windows." – Don and Nancy Rommes
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS
All images were made with a 35 mm SLR camera securely mounted on a tripod. Digital capture is done in the RAW format and processed with the Adobe RAW converter. All files are subsequently processed with Adobe Photoshop on a Macintosh computer. The resulting images were printed on an Epson 7600 digital printer using their Premium Luster paper and Ultrachrome pigmented inks. The finished "giclée" prints are estimated by Epson to be stable for more than seventy years.
Although the prints were generated from digital technologies, nothing was added nor taken from the scene. Photoshop was used merely as a convenience in preparing the images. All of the enhancements to the image done on the computer could have been done in the darkroom by an experienced color printer using conventional (i.e. non-digital) techniques.