Once again, Bombay’s Bar and Grill turned hip underground art scene for
one night only to host the annual RAW: Natural Born Artist competition,
touted as the biggest indie art show in the world and by far one of our
favorite events of the year. Nine winners represent Ventura County and
the surrounding areas in the Visual Art, Photography, Accessories,
Fashion, Music, Film, Hair, Make-up and Performing Arts categories. We
interviewed some of the winners...
Winner/Photography: Cliff Montgomery
beauty and adventure in photography
How would you
describe your style and how it might stand out from others?
CM- My style is
a form of what’s called HDR or High Dynamic Range. HDR is multiple
photographs stacked on top of each other to capture the range of light.
The camera can only capture a quarter of what the eye can so I take
images of the same spot at different exposures. I try to make it so you
might see as you would from the human eye. I’m not only taking the HDR
photos to get that effect but taking that and turning it into a
panoramic. I don’t see a lot of people doing that right now. I’m sure
they are but I just don’t see a lot of it.
What are some of
the events or moments in your life that led you down your artistic path?
CM- I started
photography back in high school but it’s really difficult to set up a
dark room in your house. I got into digital photography when I moved to
Ventura. Digital is much more cost effective and I don’t have to mix
chemicals. I try to get out and photograph as much as I can, at least
once a week.
photographers that have inspired you?
CM-I’m a huge
fan of Peter Lik. He does these large beautiful forms. I really do feel
like he’s the Ansel Adams of modern times. I also love all kinds of art.
In looking at
your own work, what are some of your favorite pieces?
CM- I just got
back from Europe with a bunch of my friends and we went to Prague. I
took a picture of Charles Bridge and that’s probably my favorite right
When your fans
look at your photos what would you like then to know about you? CM- My art is
not really a representation of me. I think art is beautiful and I love
adventure of it. Every picture has a story behind it. I have a picture
of the Golden Gate Bridge. My friend and I were sitting out there for
3-1/2 hours and it was like 40-degrees. The next thing you know we’re
turning around and about to leave because we got it and then something
changed and we stayed to shoot it some more. It’s an adventure. That’s
the thing about photography, it’s not about the photo but
finding that perfect shot and all the things that happen in between.
That’s why I fell in love with it.
Where do you see
yourself in the next few years?
CM- I’d love to
get my pictures in a gallery. I’ve never shown in an official gallery.
I’m really just starting to try to push my photography. I think I have
enough pieces now. Ten years from now, I’m just hoping I have a gallery
that will show my stuff.
If we want to
see your pieces now, where would we go?
CM- Right now,
I have a website www.cliffpics.com
and I have a Face Book page. Every now and then someone one will hang a
piece in town. I post that on Face Book.
you moved to Ventura. Where did you grow up?
CM- I grew up
in Culver City and my aunt lived in Ventura. I moved out here with my
mom and my brother. I’ve been in Ventura for a long time now. I love
Ventura. It’s beautiful with a nice community feel but has enough so
you don’t feel like you’re missing out. There are a lot of great
artists in Ventura. Ventura College has some great artists and
teachers. The art community downtown is very helpful. Ventura’s great.