MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementWith my first digital camera and without the expense of film I was free to shoot randomly all the odd scenes in the city that I had been enjoying quietly for decades. I began to take trips in the city to seek out all the hidden beauty, full bold colors, gritty textures and gorgeous graphic shapes. In October of 2003 I vowed to post one of these little gems daily on a photo log at a site on the Internet. At the time that was Fotolog.com. Today and since April 2005 I have posted daily on Flickr.com. I refer to this area of study my FreeForm work. I
Doug Hansen first found photography as a 20-year-old when asked to send pictures home while in the Navy in 1970. Returning home, he enrolled in all available photography classes and eventually graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He then spent three years as a photojournalist for a group of weekly newspapers. He developed his own business, Doug Hansen Photography, which offered commercial, public relations and portrait photography. More interested in photography than all the trappings of running a business he became a medical photographer for Johns Hopkins Hospital. Currently he is contracted to the National Institute of Drug Abuse through Johns Hopkins, Bayview doing bio-medical photography. Artists who have influenced Doug are painter Edward Hopper, and photographers, John Gossage ,Aaron Suskind, Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz. Doug has exhibited and sold works at the Maryland Art Place. In 2005 and in 2006 Doug’s photographs won a local contest and were shown at Artscape. Then those photographs were shipped to China and Israel respectively, to represent Baltimore in a Sister City offering. The Maryland States Arts Council awarded Doug with a Grant in 2006. Fairly new to abstracts and yet with 30 years of photography experience, Doug Hansen’s work stands on its own and cannot be compared to other emerging artists.