02 Aug Featured CPAC Member: Steve MacGregor
Member Since: 2012
Watching CPAC members take advantage of the many opportunities we offer and reach new heights with their photography is one of the reasons we love what we do as an organization. Our Featured Member series is one of they ways we recognize and celebrate the incredible work of our members of all skill levels. This quarter, we are thrilled to feature Steve MacGregor, who was recently awarded Best in Show by jurors Mia Dalglish and Lisa Woodward at our 60th Annual Members’ Show Opening Reception. MacGregor’s photography attracts viewers to experience an array of emotions. Learn more about MacGregor and his work below.
ABOUT THE WORK
By Steve MacGregor
For me, photography consists of two distinct steps.
First, there is the exploration with my lens: engaging in a dialogue with light as I capture subjects or scenes. They might be intimate landscapes, inspired motion capture, documentation of people, or a glitch in the Matrix that catches my eye.
The second step is the magic of the darkroom. There, I give the raw image meaning using light, composition, lines, colors, shapes, and shadows to create images that express my photographic vision. The darkroom has always been a place of inspiration, and for me, the place where my photographs come to life in ways that bring me exhilaration and fulfillment.
As time goes by, my focus has shifted towards photography that aims to delight while confounding viewers, inviting them to see the world from my different, unique, sometimes even hallucinogenic perspective. I don’t reveal the subjects of my photography to further deepen the mystery.
The projects featured here — portraits of the artist as art, swirling motion blur of light and colors and complex reflective work — offer only a glimpse into the extensive bodies of work I have created over the years. As my photography continues to evolve, my meanings deepen and my eye gets sharper for neurodivergent, even hallucinogenic images.
The neurotypical world is blandly fixed and mundane, you can change that, embrace wonderfully weird!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Steve MacGregor fell deeply in love with photography when he received his first camera around eight years old. At the age of fourteen, he earned enough money from his first part-time job to set up a tiny darkroom in his parents’ basement. MacGregor would buy 100 rolls of Tri-X film for about $30 and load it into reusable 35mm film canisters using a cheap plastic bulk film loader. After shooting, he would develop the film and make prints.
Since those days, MacGregor’s passion for quick edits using only the basic tools of photography has remained unchanged. Even now, with the many tools available for digital photography, he prefers to keep things simple, relying mostly on just the basic panel in Lightroom while completely avoiding the use of Photoshop. He never creates multiple images, double exposures or combines two or more images. The photograph you see is what he has envisioned. He also never physically rearranges items in his photographs.
MacGregor’s journey of photography has been lifelong and intensely personal. It has provided him solace and support through many significant personal mental challenges. Only now has he begun to share his work with others.