Twenty-five years ago, Ted Nemitz decided he wanted to take photographs instead of snapshots. He began reading, learning, practicing, watching, doing all he could to gain mastery of his art. He’d always been interested in photos, though not just for art’s sake.
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It was sixth grade before anyone knew he was illiterate. He slid by in school and life by studying pictures, spending hours in the library scanning Life and Look, learning about the world through images. Eventually, he did learn to read, but it is still through images that he experiences the world.
Not everyone notices the things Ted does. He gravitates toward what he calls the “what is that?” photo – close-ups of simple things that at first look completely abstract. He sees the geometry, texture and colors that evoke mood, even in the most mundane objects.
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