About Jim Redding
I started, as a child, constantly using my Mom's Brownie camera.
When I was 10 years old, a neighbor, an avid amateur photographer, observed my obsession with the Brownie and when he upgraded his camera he gave me his old Rolleicord twin lens reflex (I wish I still had that camera...) and showed me how to process the film and make enlargements in his darkroom.
When he upgraded his darkroom he gave me all his old equipment, and my career path began.
My first "commercial job" was shooting our eighth grade sort-of-prom. I made prints and sold 5 by 7's for 15 cents apiece.
During Viet-Nam I was a US Navy Photojournalist. Went on to work in a non-photo field, but always dreamed of being a full time photog.
Finally, at age 35, I quit my job and opened my first photo studio. From about 1979 to 1989 I attempted to pursue my dream of being a professional fashion photographer.
After ten years I felt the need to return to Buffalo to help my mother in her final few years. This worked out for the best as I took that time to also go to art school (then the Visual Arts Program at Buffalo State).
This resulted in a new career as a graphic designer, first in Buffalo, and then in Michigan where I designed ads and catalogs for the auto industry. That led to becoming a professor at a community college teaching photography and graphic design from which I retired in 2009.
I now live in Ocala, Florida, doing photography just for fun. I spend a lot of my time on an iMac experimenting with artistic effects using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and other programs (and teach software workshops throughout Florida).
I live with my very supportive wife, Rita, our dog Gracie and Inky the Cat.
Melrose is just 15 minutes east of Gainesville on Rt. 26 (University Ave in Gainesville)
The show ran through the month of February, 2018
Jim Redding and Beth Cox outside Gallery 26 / Mossman Hall