My name is Jeff Baldock. A native of Indiana, I have lived along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast for 47 years. I have seen the beauty of our Coast as well as the destruction that Mother Nature can unleash. Though I consider myself a number-oriented person, I have always realized that pictures have an important story to tell. The photos that we take capture our history, our families, our emotions and our special moments.
I received my first camera, a Kodak 110, at the age of 8. Most of my early photography experiences came from shooting family pictures and travels. Over the years, I have taken many photos of our three children and ten grandchildren as they have grown. I have photographed the many travels that my wife, Margaret, and I have made over the years. In 2014, before I retired after 40 years in the chemical industry, I decided that it was time to step it up a notch and purchase my first DSLR. Seeing some of the photography that others were doing, I became intrigued with High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography as well as long exposure and landscape photography. I began asking lots of questions from photographers; to learn more before I took that initial step of purchasing my first DSLR camera... a Canon T3i. In addition, I wanted to step right off into manual settings on my camera. Having zero experience, I spent many evenings watching YouTube videos and asking other photographers specific questions so that I was somewhat prepared to start shooting in manual.
Having come from a family where many family members were artistically inclined, things like composition just came naturally. I still spend several hours each week learning something new about photography; honing my photography techniques. I now tell folks that I am a graduate of YouTube University!
I have since upgraded to a Canon 6D full-frame camera body as well as a Canon 5D Mark III camera body as I continue this photographic journey. Like many of my peers, my camera is usually along for the ride in case that special moment or scene is there to be captured.
I have seen where I started and how I have grown as a photographer. Over the last four years I have made it a point to go out and shoot somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on a weekly basis. In those ventures, I have met many people along the way, including photographers from other areas. I have a passion for photographing landscapes, as well as the many shrimp boat fleets from Pascagoula to Pass Christian. Many times, I can be found in the early morning or late evening somewhere on the Coast shooting “the boats”.
What started out as a little back road venture on the way to the hunting camp in 2015 has turned into a state-wide venture. While on the way, I stopped in Waynesboro, Mississippi. I found their old downtown quite intriguing and photographed it. Needless to say, once I posted the images on Facebook, I gained several hundred new friends.
My current “mission” is to capture most, if not all, of our old historic Mississippi downtown areas at night…when the sidewalks are rolled up, cars are gone and the downtown void of people. This allows the viewer to see their towns in a new light. In fact, I have heard that comment many times as I share my photography on-line and at festivals.
Some of my favorite shots are of the old soda fountains and barber shops along the way. Because I never use a flash, if they leave their lights on, I will do a “through the window shot” with startling results! I have since visited more than 130 of Mississippi’s towns throughout the state in my travels and hope to wrap up shooting before Summer is over.
My framed or matted images can be seen and purchased at the River Gallery in Pascagoula, Gallery 782 in Biloxi, the Biloxi Visitor Center, The Bookstore on the Corner in Laurel, MS, Estate Sales and Treasures in Lucedale, MS as well as the many festivals that we will be participating in this year.
As I progress further into the photographic world, I realize that I have so much yet to learn and plenty of opportunity to share the beauty that sometimes we take for granted. I am very appreciative of you stopping by and viewing a sampling of my photographic images here today!