That’s where I come in, generation 4. I got my first camera when I was 6 years old. It was a 35mm Minolta film camera and I loved it. Nana taught me how to use it and how to adjust my settings for certain kinds of light. I still have a little cardboard cheat-sheet taped to the back of that camera so I would know what aperture to use for what kind of lighting. I spent years working with film cameras. I learned how to develop my own film and print my own pictures in our darkroom. Since then, the photography world has come a long way and I have learned and become proficient in digital photography as film died down. I studied at the New England School of photography where I learned much more about the digital world and photo editing, but was also able to dive back into a dark room and re-experience the much more romantic side of photography; where you get your hands dirty, and physically experience creating images.
Robb followed along in his mother's footsteps. He was the yearbook photographer at Oliver Ames High School and later went on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Photography. Robb was the first in the family to take a non-traditional approach to photography. He experimented with angles and lighting to create more drastic images with different perspectives.
Now I’m looking to combine my Great Grandad's business model with my Nana’s personal approach and my uncle's artistic style. I love taking pictures, I love editing them, and I especially love being able to show people how I see the world. I enjoy nature photography, which I consider my hobby, but professionally I’m passionate about portraiture. I feel that my view of the world through the lens of my camera is different from others.
Where Emmett took a very business-minded approach to photography, Virginia worked on a more personal level. She became our Church’s photographer doing all the First Communion and Confirmation pictures. Her photos can also be seen around Easton, MA, specifically at Oliver Ames High School where she photographed all the Marching Band and Show Choir competitions. Virginia worked for many years in a photo developing store, back when film was the way of the photo world. There, her keen eye easily color-corrected photos by the hundreds on a daily basis. Virginia, before teaching me, passed on her love and knowledge of photography to her son Robert Gravely.
My Great Grandfather, Emmett Calvey, was the news photographer for the Taunton Gazette and the personal police and crime scene photographer in Taunton for over 30 years. His name can still be seen on plaques around town for the work he did there. In the early ‘60s he was even in the running for a Pulitzer Prize.
Grandad, as he is known in the family, worked with large format film cameras and converted the barn behind his house into a fully functioning dark room. All of his work with photography got his daughter, and my Nana, M. Virginia Gravely involved in the photography world as well.