Saccharin Tree is my timeline; it represents the frozen years that are behind me. It is also about the unguarded creativity of youth, the loss of that innocence and then the slow reclamation of soul, which comes from spending nearly twenty-five years on the road as a documentary photographer.
I am in search of answers. Blackened by life, I am the one legged albatross in search of salvation. Words, thoughts, reflections and artifacts will be added to my site on a regular basis.
"Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World", Colin Finlay, powerHouse, Brooklyn, 2011 "12°N x 23° E, 64°S x 60° E", Colin Finlay, Definitive Stories, San Francisco, 2007 Testify, Colin Finlay, Zuma, Laguna Beach, 2006 The Unheard Voice, Colin Finlay, Browning/Cohen, San Juan Capistrano, 1996
Then emerged the digital age, when our cameras were converted into computers. My hand held the camera at the point of creation, and my hand waited to catch the print as it exited the printer. Every aspect is mechanical and software driven and photographs have become white noise, genetically modified pixels.
A month later, I sat at my desk looking at the photograph I had just done for Vanity Fair of Bobby Kennedy Jr., and I just felt that there could be more. There had to be a point of departure. I started to experiment, and eventually, I landed on the right combination of elements, and saw an image slowly render before me as a print would in the oversized trays of my darkroom. I have infused my spirit and love for the craft back into the process, and the photograph for me now feels complete.
Colin Finlay is one of the foremost documentary photographers in the world. He has been awarded the prestigious Picture of the Year International (POYi) honor six times. For almost twenty five years, Finlay has documented the human condition with compassion, empathy and dignity. He has covered war and conflict, disappearing traditions, the environment in both its glory and its devastation, genocide, famine, religious pilgrimage and global cultures. In pursuit of his passion, he has circled the globe twenty-seven times, in search of that one photo that will be a testament to the depth of human will and compassion, of hope and of an informed collective consciousness. His work has been honored by prestigious organizations such as the Lucie Award/IPA, POYi (Picture of the Year International), New York Art Directors, Photo District News (PDN), Applied Arts, International Center for Photography, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Finlay’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, LACMA and MOCA. He is represented by Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.
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