ABOUT CHIP

Photographer • Photojournalist • Artist • Axe Murderer

Chip Frenette has been a photographer for over 30 years. There have been some lapses in the timeline but the passion has always been present within him. In 2004, at the dawn of the digital revolution of photography, he acquired his first digital SLR while shopping for a new film model. From that moment the passion was completely revived and a new world of experimentation and learning were awakened. Since that time Chip has gone into the world of photojournalism and always continuing his education. As a full time student at Temple University, as well as working for a couple of media outlets in Philadelphia, there is always exposure to new methods and technologies of digital photography.
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Staying on top of the advancements can yield fabulous results. Rather than sticking with what has worked in the past, the idea is to always progress forward. Sure, there are a lot of gadgets and junk out there, and he has wasted some time and money on them, but the stuff that is new and works — works great! There is no way of knowing what level of failure or success you can have with something until you try it and push all of its technologies to their limits.
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Stepping outside of the comfort zone and melding what has worked with new ideas can provide fresh results that keep the photographer focused (no pun) on the art. Photography is an art no matter it be documenting a baseball game, a child’s portrait or a president giving a speech. The way one photographer shoots will be completely different from another, and the knowledge of the camera and technique can only further that difference and result.
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Keeping with the modern methods of digital photography doesn’t mean that the old traditional methods of photography have been forgotten. It is not out of place to see Chip with a medium format film camera peering in through the waist level view finder or winding a roll of film. The darkroom can be a wonderful place and there are elements that one cannot capture in digital that one can on film and visa versa.
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