The second artist we’d like you to meet is Everette Clay Harley. He moved to New York in 1994 with ambitions of breaking into show biz. During that time he was enrolled at Pace University, but skipped most classes, opting to attend any audition that he knew about. After 2 and a half years of business courses, and several failed classes, though his acting resume was fattening up, he begrudgingly returned to Washington, DC in 1997. After a line of odd jobs he was able to return to the stage by doing a small East Coast tour of 2 original plays. It was when he first found interest in visual arts. As described in his own words: One evening, as we relaxed at a bed and breakfast, I stepped outside to get a hit of fresh air. As I stood out, I beheld a breathtaking view of nature; one that is not common to a city boy. I stood without words for 30 minutes, not wanting to leave… because I wanted this breathtaking sight forever. Forever to share with all I know. It wa that moment that I new I needed to get a camera. How many other moments could I share, and relive time and again? Everette bought his first camera within a month of that experience. A year later he took a course in film development at the Washington School of Photography, then returned to NYC and settled in Brooklyn. His work – street scenes, portraits and landscapes, photographed around the globe – is still driven by the same impulse he felt when he decided he wanted to be an artists: a pursuit of preserving forever the passing beauty of things, people and places. With one important twist: Everette enjoys digital alterations and enhancements as much as he likes finding beautiful frames. He says: The bathroom in my apartment is equipped with an enlarger, and a bottle of stop bath sat comfortably next to the cotton swabs. The freedom to experiment in the darkroom was important, and a process I came to enjoy more than capturing the photo. I bought my first digital SLR in 2008, and enjoy working in the controversial digital darkroom even more. As an actor intrigued by story telling, and filmmaking, I try the same thing with my photography. The darkroom is where I tweak the “script” before the final draft is released.
Sharing the Moments