My philosophy revolves around the mantra spoken by Edward Abbey, “Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.” Its also that my prints as my final vision, the final product. The JPGs on the Internet are only a proxy of that final print and vision. I also try not to define or classify anything in my life. I'm just happy that the images that I produce do a good job of representing the way I see the world. I’m just lucky that it seems others relate to the imagery.
Growing up on Long Island (Bethpage), New York, I felt lost in my late teens. Worried about my future direction in life, my father gave me an old Argus rangefinder to fool around with. Little did he realize what an important gesture that would turn out to be for me. After doing some research and seeing the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams I quickly became addicted to photography. To make a long story short, I left home at 21, quitting my job, leaving my friends and family to see the American Southwest for myself. In California I eventually met my wife, and together we had 3 children, and created our own design studio - and the tasks of running a business and raising a family took priority over photography. During that time I stopped taking pictures.
Years later, in early 2005, inspired by my wife, children and friends - I again picked up my cameras. Today I see myself on a mission to make up for those years of lost time - creating images that help evoke how I see our wonderful planet.
I feel that I owe much to the great photographers of the past, especially Ansel Adams, for their dedication to the craft and for inspiring me in my late teens. Though I have never met them, their inspiration helped me determine the course my life would take.
- Mitch Dobrowner
Mitch Dobrowner lives with his wife Wendy, his son Joshua, their dog Jet and their brat cat Jax in Studio City California.