Randall Lewter is a seasoned photographer and image restorationist functioning out of Substantial Cotton Arts. He has been an artist at HCA due to the fact the studio opened.
Lewter captures attractive pics of all-but-overlooked sites all through Alabama and encompassing states, preserving the historic integrity of landmarks and structures quickly to be misplaced to time.
“I have always been fascinated in historical past and previous landmarks,” mentioned Lewter. “I really like obtaining on the highway and driving until I discover something exciting. There are so several intriguing structures along the backroads of Alabama, and you just have to get out there and locate them.”
For Lewter, pictures is not only artwork, but a science. A photographer has to possess an understanding of mild and how to use it to make an graphic.
“Photography is a science and at times, if you are blessed, an art,” said Lewter. “A photographer utilizes light and mirrors to seize an graphic of a particular person, developing, landscape, or whichever. Understanding the way light-weight falls on a subject matter and how to use that light is what would make images a science.”
Lewter went on to reveal, “sometimes a particular person may well capture an impression that can be viewed as art. That is what I hope to do.”
When he’s not out capturing photographs of ghost towns, deserted church buildings, and other pieces of Southern background, he can be uncovered in his studio at HCA restoring pictures.
According to Lewter, roughly 15 p.c of the perform he does in photography now is restoring outdated pics.
“I appreciate doing this,” stated Lewter. “Everybody has old photos or picture albums they would like to see restored and introduced back again to daily life.”
Lewter discussed a lull in foot targeted visitors at HCA and the influence it has on the studio artists.
“For me, this is a secondary profits. I’m marketing some prints on line and as a result of preceding contacts, but we are not going through as substantially foot visitors right now at High Cotton,” said Lewter. “We have not been able to have the functions that we would typically have the last few of several years, and it has impacted how several men and women we see arrive into the studio.”
He hopes that as folks start getting out a lot more once more and far more functions are held, HCA will commence viewing a bigger quantity of foot targeted visitors once more.
Unique photographic prints of local and regional landmarks, nature pictures, and a range of other topics can be considered and obtained at Substantial Cotton Arts.
For inquiries with regards to photograph restoration, Lewter can be contacted at [email protected] or (256)-233-4465.