"Right here," he said, tapping his temple.
"I rarely go out to shoot anything until I have in my mind what I want to do. Otherwise, you've got a snapshot and anyone can take a snapshot. You put ten people in front of the same place with a camera and nine of them will produce a snapshot. That's not what I'm after. It's knowing how to edit and how to print and how to manage color," Green said.
Green has shared some unique viewpoints through the lens of a camera. He has used his talents, skills and insights to produce everything from fine art to souvenirs and medical information.
These days, he shares the beauty of the world at his T. Green Images booth at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market.
Vibrant images, including folklorico dancers, weathered adobes, desert scenes and his most popular work, an iconic shot of the
"His work is excellent. Very colorful. Very nice," said
"It's beautiful work. Very vintage," said
"I like the way he places the colors," said
"I'd say 94 percent of my works are landscapes or still lifes. I'm not a portrait photographer," Green said.
Most of his offerings would fall into the category of fine art photography, carefully printed on wrapped canvas or archival materials. But he does offer some of his most popular images, along with vintage photos he's discovered online, on utilitarian items like mousepads, T-shirts and aprons.
"I got my first camera in 1969 when I was serving with the
"As soon as digital cameras were available, I was in. I started working with Photoshop and the rest is history. There's a lot more flexibility; you can do a lot more with a computer than you can do with a darkroom," he said.
"I came here to open a pants store, Pants West. It was all Levis."
Green, who holds a bachelor of science degree in biology, also found some unique applications for his photography skills in the medical field.
"I got a nursing degree and worked in wound care and home-care services for 17 years. I provided wound-care photographs to doctors. You can see a wound better with a photograph than with the naked eye," he explained.
He considers himself largely self-taught and devotes a lot of time to studies of digital photography and printing techniques.
For Green, photography is a thoughtful medium and anything but a snap.
"I do everything in raw file format. You have to work to get it where you want it from that format that captures all that information. You get it on a computer, and there it is," he said.
He has amassed a lot of materials in his travels and studies and is now content to work with his considerable inventory.
"I don't travel that much any more. I've got so much stuff, and you can do so much in printing and production," he said.
Some of the most striking of his offerings are black and white prints, often with surprising pops of color: richly-textured adobes in shades of gray, for instance, with a vivid gate of turquoise blue and a bright red ristra.
"I go to gray and then bring the color back in. If I know a color shot well enough, I can conjure it in my brain."
He currently offers his work exclusively Saturdays at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market, where he has offered his creations for the past decade with the help of his wife, Linda. For information, visit him there or online at tgreenimages.fotomerchant.com.
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