There are still traditional photographers, lovers of the art in black and white, who work only with film and process every picture by hand in an old-fashioned darkroom full of those distinctive chemical fumes. Who knew? Fishers, Indiana photographic artist J.D. Nolan is just one of those traditional types.
Nolan uses a 4 x 5 camera, prints and mounts his work on archival quality paper and board, never employs digital methods of “developing” or enhancement. Like his hero, Ansel Adams, he prefers only shades of black and white. Nolan was, in fact, trained by one of the first of Ansel Adams’ students, after delving into the subject of photography at the Indianapolis Art Center.
J.D. Nolan‘s work resembles Ansel Adams’ in its surreal crispness and hauntingly beautiful qualities. A viewer of one of Adams’ black and white landscapes, set next to one of Nolan’s, would have a hard time indeed determining which photographer created which images.
Nolan and his wife, Christine Davis, are both notable artists from Fishers, and have had an impact on art in Indianapolis and other nearby cities in Central Indiana as well. They live in a log cabin of their own making in the Indianapolis suburb, where Nolan produces his photographs and Christine her artistic ceramics.
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