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Contributing Photographer
Cliff Wassmann


What sets Wassmann's photography apart is not only the spectacular locations that he chooses to shoot but his keen eye for using composition and color to lure the viewer into the scene. Years of studying painting have given him a different perspective on the photographic process. "Talk about f-stops and shutter speeds make my eyes glaze over, says the artist. I'm only interested in the final image as seen by the viewer. I use only the most basic techniques to create my images. This attitude is not surprising when you learn that his training was as a painter, not a photographer, when in school at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. "It was my search for spectacular compositions for my paintings that led me to learn photography".

Wassmann has been privileged to sail on several of the tall ships that frequent California waters including the Swift of Ipswich, the Californian, and the Pilgrim of Newport. He also served about the Brig Pilgrim in a memorable trip to the Channel Islands. Read about it in his article "One week before the Mast."

His growing collection of tall ship photography has led to the creation of the Romance of the Sea series of Limited Edition prints celebrating the tall ships and the great age of sail.

Wassmann Web Sites:

Main Photography Site

Romance of the Sea Collection
Mysterious Places
Oil Paintings


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