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About W P Harris

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W.P. Harris Bio

“What a Long, Strange Trip it's Been”

At the age of 14, Mr. Harris learned the fundamentals of film processing from his father, who picked up the skill serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Processing his own film enabled Warren to utilize more creative techniques in the creation of his images. While living in the Los Angeles area he enrolled in a photography correspondence course, picking up some valuable film processing, printing, composition and exposure techniques. He bought his first 35mm SLR camera, a Praktica IV-F, in 1970, graduating to Nikkormat cameras in 1973. After the 1971 earthquake that brought Southern California to a standstill, the widespread loss of power (and insomnia brought about by abundant aftershocks), encouraged Mr. Harris to explore time-exposure photography.

Working as a Studio Engineer for Motown Records and having friends in the entertainment industry opened the doors to live performance photography. His exposure at an early age to the psychedelic music scene in San Francisco during the mid-60s, combined with being a guitarist since the age of 14 - and a roadie with The Grateful Dead in 1968, (hence the quote at the beginning of this bio) proved to be a perfect training ground for Rock 'n Roll photography. He has photographed Sly Stone, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Ted Nugent, Randy Travis and 3 Doors Down, to name a just a few.

At the behest of Sly Stone in 1975, Mr. Harris relocated his family to Marin County and began his career as a Recording Engineer, while continuing to photograph performances and promo materials, further honing his photographic skills. In

1981, Mr. Harris, as he puts it “hung up his cameras” to pursue a more lucrative career in the technical field, opening AudioCraft Engineering. Needing a change of environment, he joined Symantec Corporation as a Technical Marketing Specialist before opening his own computer consulting firm in 1994, which he relocated to Plano, Texas in 1999.

Mr. Harris credits an art class in 1992 with vastly improving his art appreciation and composition, while confirming his long-held belief in an inability to draw anything recognizable.

An epiphany in 2006, caused him to re-embrace his first love, acquire new digital equipment, and attack the art form with a vengeance, determined to make up for what he feels is “lost time”. Never without a camera, Warren captures new images on a daily basis and has embraced digital manipulation to create his frequently dark and other-worldly images. In spite of being advised by a many friends and relatives that “There is nothing to see in Texas.”, Warren pursues the obscure and rustic beauty he finds across the Lone Star State. Content to ride his Harley for hours at a time down endless 2-lane highways, exploring the myriad small towns that pepper the Texas landscape, he finds gems of Texas history everywhere he looks.

A love of cemeteries causes him to explore any necropolis he passes in his travels. Warren has made a concerted effort to explore, photograph and document obscure and historic graveyards that dot the Texas (and world) landscape. www.necropoliscreep.net features this collection.

In 2007, a photographer evaluating Warren's portfolio pointed out “you have an interesting desolation theme going there.” which was curious to Mr. Harris, as he had not consciously pursued this style. This statement triggered an awareness of his love for abandoned buildings, vehicles and the like. www.desolationimages.com is dedicated to this theme.

In 2010, Mr. Harris sold his computer consulting firm to dedicate more time to photography. Relocating his studio closer to home in Frisco, Texas, it is perfect for product photography, fashion and glamour shoots and a creative outlet for his own projects. He is putting his newfound free time to good use traveling with his wife, while collecting new images. In development are several coffee table books, the first of which, “Texas As I See It”, was published by Brown Books in November 2011.

He has freelanced for local newspapers and magazines as well as international publications over the years. Warren shoots for local businesses and government offices, participates in art shows and has found a new love of High School sports through his coverage of the games for local newspapers. His work is on permanent display in City buildings, Frisco Square, Ebby Halliday offices and in the homes of local collectors across the Metroplex.

Referred to as a “Renaissance Man” on more than a few occasions, Mr. Harris loves cabinet making, welding, playing guitar, creating various projects (his wife has a lighted shoe closet to prove it) and is as comfortable with electricity and electronics as he is with woodworking, construction and plastic fabrication. Warren was an accomplished calligrapher, a skill taught to him by a close friend in 1969. He has done some acting for commercials, local productions and a Korean Mini-Series, and enjoyed a minor career in the Voiceover field.

In a departure from photography, Mr. Harris has been exploring the creation of abstract digital art, some of which can be found at pixelmusings.com

Mr. Harris was also part of the team that created the first computerized house in 1983, interfacing the computer systems, security and optical light collection devices. While freelancing for StereoGraphics, he prototyped the first digital 3D goggles. He designed and built numerous recording studios across Northern California, including MC Hammer's studio and custom home. His clientele included MC Hammer, Felton Pilate, Boz Skaggs, Randy Jackson and Ray Lynch as well as members of Huey Lewis and the News and Journey. He engineered studio projects as well as live performances at every major Bay Area venue from 1975 to 1992, when it “was time for a change” and he left the entertainment scene for the last time.

A vegetarian since 1969, Warren is an avid target shooter (but clearly not a hunter), a Licensed Texas Investigator, performing data recovery and computer forensics for numerous court cases every year, and possesses a wide-ranging creative style as diverse as his background and interests.

Warren sleeps less than 5 hours a night, proclaiming “There's plenty of time to sleep when you're dead.” He loves to prowl the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex in the wee hours past midnight in pursuit of dramatic nocturnal cityscapes. www.nocturnalvisions.net is dedicated to his Cities@Night Project. His wife has often suggested he open up a donut shop - or get a newspaper route to fill his abundant pre-dawn free time.

News of Note

January 2012
City of Addison Art Exhibit
The Art and Photography of W.P. Harris on display at the Addison Conference Center. Show includes large canvas prints and three of the new Vortex series in the first ever public showing of this collection.

 

 

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