Bill Sargent has been a photographer all his life. He began in the age of emulsions on film and traditional darkroom techniques, but has enthusiastically embraced the world of digital imaging. He is excited by the new range and depth of expression that the new technologies bring to photography. "At the end of the 19th century," he says, "the Impressionists began looking beyond painting as a representative medium and thinking about the nature of painting itself. This new outlook changed everything. The whole universe of modern, post modern, and contemporary art starts right there.
Digital technology has brought photography to a similar threshold: today's photographer has such intricate control of all aspects of the image that he or she can take that image wherever intellect and aesthetic sense lead. Already the growth of new ways of making photographic images has caused an explosion of new forms of photographic art. Some retain the documentation role that has always been photography's great strength. Some have taken on a painterly look, finding new ways to explore places the great masters have previously been. Some are entirely new, made possible by the recent fusion of optics and digital electronics. Who knows where photography will go next. When art and technology come together, old limits fall away. For photographers, these are exciting times indeed."