Currently a Fine Art Photographer, who also does Litigation Support Photography, using my experience as a trial attorney for the last 40 years.
In the early years, I was self-taught, trial and error but took several courses in photography at Humboldt State College, including 3 years of course instruction, lab, and field training with the infamous Professor Tom Knight.
I have participated in numerous, time intensive photography workshops taught by John Sexton, Joe Englander, Richard Garrott (all three were prior Ansel Adams assistants in Yosemite) as well as well published author and photographer, Fred Picker and Sacramento’s Gordon Hutchins. I participate in at least 2 webinars a month and before the advent of the webinar, would travel to classes and seminars in Sacrament, Los Angeles and San Francisco for related classes.
In 1994 I was hired by Joe Englander to give workshops in Yosemite NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Canyon, Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley, Ireland, Scotland and Greece and our own North Coast Redwoods. These workshops involved teaching participants to use their various cameras, giving nightly and noontime instruction on the principles of photography, and assisting in the actual image making for those that needed help. Mainly, I got people to the right location at the right time of day, having previously scouted out the area extensively during this time and for the several years prior, I used a 4×5 view camera to make images, but eventually switched to digital capture in 2003-2005. I currently use an extremely high-resolution digital back with a Phase One XF Camera.
In 1997, my photographic website received the prestigious Top Photo-Design Award for quality of photography from The Stock Solution, a large stock photography sales house dealing internationally with photographers and photographic buyers. According to TSS, only 5 percent of all photographic websites they review are given this award
My image, Magic Forest in Mist©, was selected by Serban Publishers (publishers of Photographer’s Forum) from over 28,000 entries for honorable mention in their 1995 international competition and was published in that organization’s annual, The Best Photography of 1995, which is submitted to art buyers worldwide. This same image received the Peoples’ Choice Award at the 1995 Shasta County Arts Council Competition for Northern California.
In June of 1996, Roselli Art Gallery of Redding sponsored a one-person photography show featuring my works from several of my portfolios, and the gallery continued to represent me in Redding for a time until it closed.
In September 1997 my image, Monastery Agia Triada© received the Award of Excellence from Shasta County Arts Council’s juried competition. In November-December 1997, I hung a third one-person art show at the Shasta County Art’s Council Gallery at Old City Hall, Redding, California. Other awards include Storm Over Denali©, which was selected First Place in the Color Division of works submitted to the national juried photography competition sponsored by St. Simons Island Art Association and Glynn Art Association at St. Simons Island, Georgia.
I have been selected for other art shows including two exhibits at the Redding City Hall, a total of three shows sponsored my the Shasta County Arts Council, and a show at the Los Gatos Roasting Company Gallery.
In early 2010, I opened GALLERY833, a Redding Art Gallery that stayed open for nearly 2 years (until end of 2011) where I displayed and sold my fine art photographic prints as well as the art of prominent local artists. I maintain “Gallery833 Fine Art in Redding” today as a “virtual gallery” on Facebook displaying my more recent fine art photography.
I maintain a larger selection of my images including my older images at www.dennishalkides.com.
I sell images to Design professionals, Interior decorators, advertising agencies and to private individuals—most from my Facebook and my online gallery, but also from the many prints I have hanging at several professional offices in Redding.
As a trial attorney of over 40 years, I quite often have made my own photo exhibits for trial purposes when the opportunity arose. I still offer these services as a Litigation Support Photographer.
More recently, I have started to duplicate other artists’ original paintings for the artist to use as a backup or to sell as a copy. These duplicates are duplicates in the full sense of the word and most are indistinguishable from the original. This involves photographing the original artwork in my studio with my camera tethered to a laptop computer where both the original and the computer image could be visualized at the same time, allowing a distortion free, glare free and exacting color corrected duplicate with correct tonality, contrast, saturation. This is similar to the technique I use for visibility studies wherein I photographically duplicate the available light at a particular date and time that astronomically determined to correlate to the time and date of the accident or occurrence.
I maintain many big prints at my office at 833 Mistletoe Lane in Redding (across Mistletoe from Marie Callender’s. Viewing available by appointment.) There are several other locations where viewing is available by appointment.