Mitch Nelles Photography

Mitch Nelles Photography

Mitch Nelles was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up in New Jersey. It was during his senior year at Rutgers College that he was first introduced to the “magic” of photography. Mitch had completed all of his required course work for his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and signed up for a photography course, which had a print portfolio as a final exam. This class gave him his first (and only) experience in the conventional darkroom.

Upon graduating from college, Mitch moved to Texas to pursue his Ph.D. in BioMedical Sciences and then to Massachusetts for his postdoctoral training. He moved back to New Jersey in 1986 and focused his attention to his growing family and job as a research scientist in the medical diagnostics field. Family and work during those years left little time for photography beyond documenting vacations and family events. Yet, as he entered middle age, he became acutely aware of his need for a creative outlet.

Mitch was in his mid-forties when he made the decision to get back into photography. Content at first to have his film sent out for printing at a local photo lab, he missed the artistic control he remembered from his darkroom experience in college. Fortunately, during this period, digital image technology had become readily available and affordable for non-professionals. It became clear to Mitch that the digital darkroom was the way to go. Film scanners, inkjet printers, Photoshop, and digital SLRs provided him with all the tools and control needed to produce high quality prints that met his creative and artistic expectations.

Mitch is self-trained and credits a wide variety of contemporary photographers for helping to shape his photographic vision and literacy. Chip Forelli, Cole Thompson, Roman Loranc, Clyde Butcher, William Neill, and David Fokos have had a significant impact on his approach to photography.

Mitch lives in Half Moon Bay, California with his wife Janet. His images are available for purchase by contacting him at mitchnelles@gmail.com

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