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Cactus Blooms

William R. Gillam


A Lifetime of Photography


About Me

As a child I traveled with my parents across the country as my father was employed in Civil Service for IBM missile repair/service. This required what was termed ‘TDY’ and involved moving to a different location as often as every 3 months. From 1963 through 1969 we traveled to many out-of-the way places across the Northwest, Midwest and Southwest. While my photographic roots were still forming, I started to develop an appreciation for the diversity in landscape across the country. I purchased my first 35mm camera in 1975 and the rest is history, as they say.


Some of my early forays included extensive road trips through southern Utah with my wife, Diane. My preferred large format camera at the time was an all-metal Calumet rail-type and I had a large (and heavy) wooden tripod that was not compact in any sense. My wife was a real trooper as she would assist me hauling the equipment across the desert terrain or up and down the cliff face. The images I shot during those trips hold some interesting memories.


Whereas my day job is working in Quality and Testing for a major composites manufacturer, my passion is behind the lens .


While I have been much more serious in photography for the past 30 years, I realize that I have only scratched the surface of what is there to capture digitally or on film.




I have used a variety of camera types over the years. My current line-up includes a Wista Zone VI 4x5, a privately built 8x10 field camera, Canon film (EOS 3) and digital (6D MkII) (Fuji X100). I don’t have a favorite as every camera is useful in its own way. The use of a high quality product such as Fuji Provia (ASA 50 in particular) can yield exceptional results. Digital images are not better and they are not worse, they are just different.

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