Houston-based photographer Kenneth Hudson makes every effort to digitally remaster the world around him. "I'm somewhat obsessed with transforming the commonplace into eye-catching digital images," says Hudson about his current work. This is a radical departure from his past life as a successful commercial/industrial photographer in the 1980s. Hudson learned photography in the old school days of Kodachrome, negatives, darkrooms and toxic chemicals.
Later, Hudson held photographic staff positions at the Texas Medical Center and Brown & Root, Inc. At that time, B&R was the largest engineering and construction company in the world. Eventually, Hudson started his own photography and video production business, which lasted for eight exciting years. In the early '90s, at the advent of the digital age, Hudson jumped ship and switched careers, working in advertising, marketing and public relations for over a decade.
Having earned his BS in Communications from the University of Texas, Hudson landed his first job with NASA as an assistant cinematographer. "I was first exposed to the concept of digital photography in 1977, while
reviewing digital photographs from Mars," Hudson recalls. Back then, it was hard to imagine that digital photography would ever be a feasible medium for the average person.
Ironically, it was Hudson's interest in Internet marketing that sparked a renewed interest in photography by means of the digital format. "Now that I fully embrace digital photography, I feel like I've come full circle!" says Hudson. "Actually, processing images on my computer is analogous to the old school darkroom techniques of the great master photographers."
Digital photography offers unlimited potential for creating dazzling images in black and white or color. Of course, the big difference is the use of color. "One of the biggest challenges is holding back and not over-processing the image," confesses Hudson. "Emphasizing reality -- is the goal."
Lt. Uhura - NASA Film
Offshore in the 1980s
Jarre in Houston