C. Doug Van De Zande was born in Hampton, Virginia and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. Starting with photography in high school, he went on to work in a very well regarded portrait studio for most of the next four years.
With the desire to make a career out of this medium, Doug moved to Santa Barbara, California. He attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and focused on commercial advertising. After graduating, Doug preferred the pace and project variety of a smaller market and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Doug has been experimenting with a way to express his own vision in the world of black and white photography. With a firm understanding that one must bring an exceptional voice to the art market, Doug has experimented with various processes with his sepia toned, silver gelatin prints. The process that yields his signature results was discovered accidentally through a chemical and physical manipulation of the print. No two of the archival quality photographs are ever the same, though each one bears the subtle textures and tonal nuances that are the hallmark of C. Doug Van De Zande’s unique photographic vision.
As a photographer for more than 30 years, I have always preferred working in black and white. I wanted, however, to develop a technique for printing that expressed my impressions of images, landscapes and still lifes in a more unique and intimate style than standard printing could. For years, I have worked in the darkroom mixing new chemical recipes and playing with various paper and chemical combinations. I started looking to the subject matter I photographed and paid attention to what subjects lent them selves to creating a mood. This experimentation resulted in the work you see here, photographs that seem as much like etchings or charcoal drawings as photos. My aim is to create photos that express the mood of the subjects and elicit an emotional response from the viewer.