My Name is Walter Baron. I was born in Chicopee, MA. I started photographing with black and white film in high school, developing my photographs in the darkroom in I built in my father’s basement.
I continued to photograph throughout college, participating in
student shows and photographing for the yearbook. The summer after graduating, in 1970, I lived in Boston, and was a photographer for the Phoenix newspaper. That fall I got married and moved to Wellfleet, where I have lived since. We had 2 children, so
photography took a back seat for while.
In the late ‘80s I started photographing again, working in both black+white and color film. I photographed for the Cape Codder, shot weddings, had photos in various local and national magazines such as Cape Cod Magazine and WoodenBoat, and won a
couple of prizes in local photo shows.
Then came digital photography. This changed a lot of things. Taking a well-focused, well-exposed photograph became less of a skill,
more automatic. I became interested in a different style and aesthetic, sometimes called Lo-Fi, plastic camera, Diana, Holga photography. I bought a couple of Holga plastic lens cameras and continued to shoot film, but had the film scanned and printed digitally. I had a full show and opening of Holga prints in 2008.
In pursuing the Lo-Fi aesthetic, I have recently been using various iPhone apps, and rely on the iPhone camera for all my recent photographic needs.