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STATEMENT AND BIOGRAPHYStephen Buckman graduated Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a major in Film Scoring and Piano. In his music as well as his photography, he strives for a sense of space that emphasizes openness and avoids clutter. He explains, "Just as the musical score sets the mood for a movie, color composition can set the mood in landscape photography. Some of the most interesting scores are made by the intertwining of the simplest of melodies. Some of the most interesting photographs are made by intertwining of the simplest elements in nature."
Stephen is a self-taught landscape photographer who works in the Eastern Massachusetts area. The majority of his photos are from these surrounding areas because of the scenic opportunities presented by the many orchards, rivers, woods, and ponds.
His work is very simple and peaceful. He likes scenes that have an abundance of color. Going back to the same places at different times of the day and seasons is quite important in getting the photo he wants. There is always something new to photograph each time. Timing and patience are the most critical parts of landscape photography. Nature is always changing, minute to minute.
Stephen's interest in Film Music started when he was about twelve years old. He currently owns about 250 soundtrack LP's and nearly 1,100 CD soundtracks.
He has scored two local films: an Independent Horror/Slasher titled, "Eamon's Road" and a documentary titled, "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus." (Father of Andre Dubus III who wrote "The House of Sand and Fog")
Stephen started landscape photography in March of 1997. This was due in part because of Comet Hale-Bopp. Hale-Bopp was his inspiratation. With it's bright head and tail juxtapose over landscapes, it made for some great photography.
His photo exhibitions include three solo shows, one at The John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, The Newton Public Library in Newton, MA, and the Minuteman Airport Cafe in Stow, MA. His group shows include two at the All About Arts Center in Roslindale, MA, and one with the Boston Camera Club at the Hynes Convention Center. He has won contests on the Internet and at the Boston Camera Club where he was public relations director. He has also sold his work in the annual Massachusetts College of Art auction several times.