Who’s taking those photos?

By now you’re sure to have noticed the race photos we’ve uploaded to Flickr. (If not, click here.) The person responsible for the majority of photos is Stamford YC member Rick Bannerot. He’s been doing this for the past several years and created quite a collection of photos that all racers have access to.

While Rick’s photos are of professional quality, it’s not how he makes his living. He got his start as a child and was a photographer at the Yale Daily News. His day job is as a marketing and advertising consultant to the discretionary income business sector.  As such he does a fair amount of traveling and always takes his camera with him.

Only three years ago, he purchased his first “serious” digital camera, a Nikon D80 with the Nikkor 18-200 MM lens and also had the good fortune to buy his first Apple laptop at the same time, thus hurtling himself into the digital photography era.  Since then, Rick’s digital color work has been shown at the Waveny Park Carriage Barn photography show in New Canaan and the Wilton Arts Council’s “Focus” photography show, and he was a selected artist featured on AreaArtists.com in 2009-2010.  His photos have appeared in local papers and regional lifestyle magazines ranging from the July 2009 cover shot in the sailing magazine Wind Check to frostbiting photo essays in the Darien/New Canaan/Rowayton and Stamford magazines.   When asked about his photographs, he said, “First and foremost, my teachers were excellent technicians with large format cameras and skilled darkroom printers.  I learned about composition, exposure, and art of developing/printing negatives/prints.  To this day, I generally find myself dissatisfied with my digital images that require much in the way of color correction, changing contrasts, heavy cropping and goofing around with the tint and hue.  I deliberately stay away from such tech-y tools as Photo Shop, preferring to initially get it ‘right’ when I adjust the shutter, aperture, length of exposure and framing.  When people comment today on my color photography, I know that they are not only responding to the vivid colors, but also to pictures that tell a good story because of their composition and lighting.

Rick Bannerot, graduate of Yale College with a B.A. in American Studies in 1982 (with a concentration in film & photography), started messing around in darkrooms in 6th grade.  He studied photography and printing techniques under Richard “Chip” Benson at Yale and worked for four years as a photographer and editor at the Yale Daily News.  Photographs from his senior college black & white photography project were the subject of a one-man show in Charleston, West Virginia.

His B&W work won several local photography and photojournalism awards in West Virginia and later on Roosevelt Island, NY in the 1980’s.   His work as an advertising and marketing consultant to the discretionary income business sector, particularly fine watches and jewelry, frequently takes him to India, Turkey, Italy and South Africa, (now with his Nikon always in tow).   He writes a monthly retail marketing column called “The Retail Advantage” for JCK Magazine, the oldest and largest of the jewelry publications.  Additionally, his passion for fly-fishing & sailing takes him from the lakes of Canada to the rivers of Argentina and from the trout streams of Montana to the bonefish flats of the Bahamas.

Rick is a frequent prose and photo contributor to The Anglers’ Club of New York Bulletin.  He is also the co-editor and contributing writer to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum’s two fly-fishing anthologies of short stories.   Only three years ago, he purchased his first “serious” digital camera, a Nikon D80 with the Nikkor 18-200 MM lens and also had the good fortune to buy his first Apple laptop at the same time, thus hurtling himself into the digital photography era.  Since then, Rick’s digital color work has been shown at the Waveny Park Carriage Barn photography show in New Canaan and the Wilton Arts Council’s “Focus” photography show, and he was a selected artist featured on AreaArtists.com in 2009-2010.

His photos have appeared in local papers and regional lifestyle magazines ranging from the July 2009 cover shot in the sailing magazine Wind Check to frostbiting photo essays in the Darien/New Canaan/Rowayton and Stamford magazines.   When asked about his photographs, he said, “First and foremost, my teachers were excellent technicians with large format cameras and skilled darkroom printers.  I learned about composition, exposure, and art of developing/printing negatives/prints.  To this day, I generally find myself dissatisfied with my digital images that require much in the way of color correction, changing contrasts, heavy cropping and goofing around with the tint and hue.  I deliberately stay away from such tech-y tools as Photo Shop, preferring to initially get it ‘right’ when I adjust the shutter, aperture, length of exposure and framing.  When people comment today on my color photography, I know that they are not only responding to the vivid colors, but also to pictures that tell a good story because of their composition and lighting.”

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