Photography

Photographer Information

JOSEPH DOMINGUEZ

Joe started out as a child, growing-up in Santa Barbara, playing in the endless avocado and citrus orchards, most of which are no longer there. As a teenager he discovered two things that changed his life: Surfing and images. Since about that time his work has been a powerful mix of both photography and design. He became aware of the power of the visual medium during his sophomore year at San Marcos High School in Mrs. Measley's Mass Media class. She revealed to him that every medium carries a message, and every message has a purpose. Joe has been fascinated with image-crafting ever since.

Working as an art director and designer for more than 2 decades, photography has always been part of his creative exploration, whether for clients or personally. In 2005 he began marketing his photography skills specializing in personal portraits and commercial assignments. In every image there is clear evidence of his honed design vernacular and his search for the perfect composition. He started JOSEPH DOMINGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY in 2006.

Inspiration can come at any moment from anywhere. Things like a found scrap of paper on the street, historical photos, old films, nature, surfing, books, thrift stores and just old-fashioned imagination. There is never a substitute for the great images of the world and those who make them. The standouts are heros/friends/mentors like Mark Gordon, Barry Goyette, Patrick Demarchelier and Richard Avedon. These guys have added untold measures of knowledge and inspiration to the work of Joseph Dominguez.

Formal education comes from Cal Poly. The Cal Poly Art and Design Program was crucial to his foundation as a visual artist and the intense work load of the program primed him to manage his very demanding professional calendar. Joe graduated with an applied art and design degree.

TOM LOTT

Tom Lott has lived on the Central Coast for nearly 20 years. Professionally he is an engineer at a local power plant, and he takes landscape photos of the coast in his spare time. Tom has been an active community volunteer working for food pantries and serving on the United Way of SLO County Board of Directors. He was recognized in 2009 United Way's Give, Advocate and Volunteer award for community service. Tom's latest project is photographing cats and kittens at local animal shelters to help facilitate adoptions.

You can read more about Tom, his backroad adventures, furry felines and photography at http://catalottonthego.blogspot.com.

STEVE HAMILL

A Central Coast native, born in Santa Barbara, lived on the Central Coast for the past 30+ years, I have really grown to love it here. Doesn't think there is a better place to live, or visit. As a tour guide at Hearst Castle for over twenty years a frequent question from his visitors from all over the world was; "...after living here, where do you go for vacation??"

Pretty darn true! Steve has always used his camera to record and remember the special places here in San Luis Obispo County. Several years ago, thanks to the introduction of digital cameras, he began to fiddle with his images on the computer. Eventually, he began transferring his favorite images onto ceramic and glass tiles. Now he finances his hobby by displaying and selling his tiles at various locations on the Coast.

A graduate of Cal Poly, Steve has an MS in Recreation and Leisure Studies from San Jose State University. "For the better part of six years I studied 'Play'" He lives near his two children in Los Osos. Enjoys cooking, swimming, working in his garden, walks and drives around SLO County. Always with at least one camera in tow. And where does he go on vacation? "Well, at least once a year I find myself wingin' it to the beaches, mountains, and beauty of Kauai."

PATTI ROWE

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Patrice began visiting the Central Coast in the late fifties, making the area her home in 1999. Her interest in photography began in high school and simply never ended. She took specialized courses at UCLA and Otis Art Institute. Her walls are filled with her photos reflecting her extensive travels through Europe, French Polynesia and the United States - particularly the Southwest. Her photographs have appeared in the Arizona Republic, the San Luis Obispo Tribune and the Central Coast Natural History Association calendar.

Patrice enjoys photography as a creative pursuit, focusing on the natural landscapes and abundant wildlife on the Central Coast. Professionally, she works as a California State Parks guide at Hearst Castle. She is currently researching and photographing to publish a book about the history of Highway 1 along the central coast.

BLAKE ANDREWS

Born & raised in San Luis Obispo, my great-great grandfather built the Jack House in downtown SLO and my family has been here ever since. I've been taking pictures for 10 years