Photography has been a part of my life since I can remember. My father and my Grandfather were both very big photo enthusiasts'. I grew up around camera's thanks to my Father's passion for photography. Up until the time that I first held a camera in my hand I was already active with several forms of creative art... from writing, to painting, to drawing. Art was at the core of a need to tell stories through creative expression. But it wasn't until I looked through the lens of one of my Father's camera's and clicked the shutter, that I discovered a whole new world of possibilities for creative expression.
My father purchased his first camera after serving in the military. He spent time shooting with his father, John G. Houser, who was also an avid photographer. Some of my father's early works which ranged from Nature to still life were placed on display at Martin Luther King Library in Washington, DC. Both my father, and Grandfather spent time out shooting together and were both avid photographers. In the same way my Father shared his passion for photography with me - handing me one of his Canon SLR's when I was about 11 years old. He taught me how to develop film, and showed me the in's and out's of how to use the camera. Weekends were spent shooting Nature scenes at the park, and then developing the film back home in the darkroom.
Watching the images fade into view on photographic paper placed into developer trays was magical, and sparked within me a new sense of creativity and self-expression. As an artist stories have always been at the forefront of every piece of art I've done since childhood, whether it be poetry, a painting, or a drawing. Now stories could take on a new form through still images.
Everett Houser photography is not just about my current work, but also the work and inspiration of my Father, and my Grandfather. It is an inclusion, and celebration of their work, and an ongoing tradition and passion for the art of photography.