Lloyd Birdwell

I wanted to expand artistic horizons...to take photography away from having to be in standard size formats of 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20, and 20 x 24; away from having to be either in color or black and white; and away from having to be either square or rectangular in form. I wasn't influenced by anyone or any process, although a friend did suggest that I take black and white photographs of Christo's Gates for him to later hand color.

Taking a photograph is one step, making a print of the photograph is another step, coloring or gilding the photograph is another step, and making an installation of various sizes of multiple images is another step. The images of Christo's Gates are not particularly interesting simply as black and white photographs. Nor would they be very interesting as color photographs. However, coloring the Gates in an otherwise black and white photograph, makes the image come alive. Christo's monumental installation in Central Park was one thing, these hand colored photographs are another.

35 mm Leica camera...film...because of their size, the silver prints of the Gates are printed by Hanks Photo in Mt. Vernon, New York then hand colored by Janet Rogers and me in Kansas City. Palmer Brown in Austin, Texas gilds each moon, ripple, and egg. Michael Spillers in Kansas City prints the ink jet prints.

Dale O'Dell was born in Dallas, Texas in 1959. He was given his first camera at the age of 13 and at that moment he knew what he wanted to do in life. As a teen, photography was the perfect blend of art and science and Dale immersed himself in the aesthetics and chemistry of the photographic process. In 1982 he received a BS in Photography from Sam Houston State University. After a series of irritating Corporate Jobs (including a year-long stint as a computer artist ---in 1983, no less) he realized that, in the corporate world at least, he was unemployable and opened his own studio in 1986.

During his early years, Dale became familiar with virtually every photographic process and used them all at one time or another. As one of the early adopters of digital technology, one of Dales’ early digital images made history in 1983 when it became the first wholly computer-generated image published in advertising.

In 1994 Dale moved to the mountains of Central Arizona and shifted his concentration from commercial photography to fine-art. His first book, "Human/Nature," a monograph of 50 black and white darkroom (not digital) composites of the figure and landscape was published in 1997.

Since transitioning from analog photography to digital art Dale’s artworks have been extensively exhibited and published world-wide. In 2008 his second book was published, The Surreal Landscape: Woodlands.

Dale is also a motorcyclist and musician.