Wonders is an accomplished photographer with over thirty-five years
of experience behind the camera. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree in Art Photography from Pratt Institute and has recently
earned his Master of Arts degree in Photography at the Newhouse
School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Mr. Wonders
is currently teaching photography as an adjunct professor.
many photography credits, Doug Wonders recently took up an interest
in studio portraiture. Producing portraits primarily for his own
artistic means, his personal work has received several top-placing
awards in photography competitions as well as generating commissions
to photograph musical performing artists for their CD packaging
portraits on this site reflect Doug’s personal portrait work.
Says Wonders: “These portraits are a collaborative effort
between the subject and myself. The studio is the blank canvas,
the camera is the tool, the film is the palette—the images
are constructed, not found. I begin with a rough idea of what I
imagine in my mind as a photograph. Once the shoot commences, the
synergy between my subject and myself may dash the original idea
to pieces. It is the surprise and unpredictability of the moment
that often goes beyond my original thought to something that’s
the tradition of classical portrait painters and 19th Century portrait
photographers, Wonders committed to use only one light source in
each photograph, as if it were the north light of a skylit studio.
All the shadow and illumination is the effect of light emanating
from one direction.
does not consciously seek out “models” for this endeavor,
rather it is a spontaneous, first- impression encounter of a few
individuals, whereupon he knows immediately he must record their
image. Wonders shoots mainly black and white film for his portraits,
believing that the look of film best suits what he’s trying
to reveal with his images.
is my personal work-- it is not selling products, covering the news,
or pitching celebrities. It’s just seeing eye to eye.”