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Jim Hanks:Quiet Distinguished Man-Top Award Winning Photographer
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Photo by Jim Hanks
One of Jim Hanks wildlife shots, taken from his own frontyard, and turned into a greeting card.
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Jim Hanks displays the winning photo that earned him the title of Southern Colorado Photography Society 2018 Photographer of the Year.
Photo by David Hayden
David Hayden labels this picture he took of fellow photographer Jim Hanks, "A Master at Work"
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Best of Show, First Place, Photographer of the Year, Honorable Mention are all terms photographer Jim Hanks has been more than familiar with for many years, but you probably won't learn that from him. This quiet distinguished man is easy to talk to, but much more likely to be discussing community events or the welfare of the world than bragging on himself. It is only after you discover his passion for photography that you get a peek at the many ribbons and awards he has accumulated.

Hanks has been experimenting with photography for nearly 40 years, getting started when he received a 35 millimeter camera for his birthday one year in the late 70's. He started out taking pictures of his children playing in sports events. Then focusing on black and white photography, he began to win awards, including Best of Show in the first contest he entered. Since that time, Hanks has captured on film nearly any type of subject that you can imagine, learned the tricks of lighting, darkroom work, different types and styles of cameras, computer programs such as Lightroom, black and white vs. color, mixing color on an enlarger, and moving into the digital camera era. Hanks' work has been displayed in galleries in many different states, including California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and New York.

Some of Hanks' inspiration was sparked by one of many visits to Yosemite National Park where he saw Ansel Adams' photography and went to his gallery there. That led to Hanks' participating in two workshops led by John Sexton, one of Adam's last assistants.

Hanks reminisced, "On the last day of the first workshop, Sexton herded us all into a van and took us to meet Ansel Adams at his home. We were given a tour of his darkroom and got to talk with him. Adams passed away a little over a month later."

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