Who Is This GerenM, Anyway?

GerenM — Blogger, Musician, Photographer

I’ve been a musician and sound engineer for quite a few years. I started by playing clarinet and piano in elementary school — first classical, then jazz, and then a little rock. And then I injured my right hand, and stopped playing. But I never gave up on live sound and recording. It was anticipated that my hand would never heal correctly, but I eventually found that I could use it completely normally. I figured — correctly — that I’d be able to play keyboards again, and immediately purchased a used Yamaha CP-35 from a friend. I’ve not looked back! Over the years, I’ve had a number of wonderful keyboards, and a wide variety of musical gear, some of which I wish I still owned. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found it best to reduce the amount of gear I keep and carry, at least for live performances. If you’re curious, you can read about my Music Gear. You can also listen to some of my various musical escapades by visiting the Band Music or UgotaWanit pages.

I’ve also been a photographer for most of my life, beginning my photographic “career” by using my father’s Baby Rolleiflex 4×4 twin lens reflex camera. Over the years, I’ve used a variety of cameras, both film and digital, from (in no particular order) Rolleiflex, Polaroid, Mamiya, Yashica, Konica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Minolta, Sony, and Fujifilm. Now, I use a Sony mirrorless compact digital camera, along with a Sony RX100 mkIII, and a Fujifilm X10 to capture my digital images. If you’re interested you can see my complete list of photo gear, and some of my photography has been grouped into various galleries here on the site.

While my influences are wide and varied, I’ve been most recently inspired by photographic artists Tony Sweet, Karen Messick, and Rick Sammon, as well as past masters such as Irving Penn, Edward Weston, and William Mortensen (no relation). Much of the newer work on this site reflects this inspiration. The various galleries feature collections of my favorite photographs, and will be updated periodically.

The Blog, which has existed in some form or another since sometime in the ’90s, contains some of my most recent writings — pretty much anything not directly relating to photography or music. Photo- and Music-related content can be found under the appropriate tabs above. Some of the content from previous iterations of gerenm.net, especially the posts and pages that related specifically to photography and music, remain, but most of the old general posts have be long since deleted. Some of these old posts will appear almost exactly as they did originally, while others will be edited or abridged, and some may be missing links to pictures.

I welcome all kinds of visually interesting photographic assignments, including creative, environmental, glamour, and boudoir portraiture; music, dance and performance photography; real estate photography; traditional commercial, event, and product photography; and imagery for museum and gallery displays. You can click over to the Contact page, where there’s a nice little form, for any inquiries, comments, or suggestions.