Tim Trombley


How do you capture a scene, a landscape, which accurately conveys to the viewer what you saw and felt in that moment? That’s Tim Trombley’s challenge. It’s also his passion. Trombley takes his camera and turns his lens to the best-preserved, untouched pieces of U.P. land. He sites photography as his one enduring passion. He’s practiced the medium for more than 35 years and has transitioned as the technology has, from large, medium and small format cameras to digital cameras and the darkroom. Having grown up on the same rural farm that his father was raised on in Warren, MI., Trombley watched as the urban sprawl took over the area’s natural landscape. It is this unsettling environmental transformation – the disappearance of our natural landscapes – that gives rise to Trombley’s work. However, when Trombley moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1994 he discovered the area’s wealth of untouched beauty. He found areas that appeared as they were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years ago. Still, even with his subject before him, Trombley is faced with the challenge of expressing the landscape’s raw beauty and with giving his viewers that true sense of awe. Trombley, ever environmentally conscious, trusts that when you study his photographs and subsequently appreciate what it is that remains of the U.P., then he has reached a deeper part of the your soul.

Many elements must come together for a photo to work: subject, light, color and composition must maintain balance. Trombley has to single out what is important, especially in nature where unpredictability and chaos are the norm. It is no surprise then that Trombley has always been adamant about being in control of his photographs, from capture to framed print. Trombley processes every print in PhotoShop to create the desired impact he wants the viewer to have. While he purchases custom made frames, he completes every other aspect of his work himself. Trombley uses archival paper, mounting substrates and inks to create and present his photographs.

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