About Geren W. Mortensen, Jr., and this web site...
I’ve 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) Mamiya, Yashica, Konica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Minolta and Sony. Now, I use Fujifilm X-series digital cameras, a Bronica SQ-A medium-format camera, and the Google Pixel 2 camera, to capture my images. If you're interested you can read about the specifics of my Photo Gear.
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.
I've also 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. 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 Music page.
The Blog contains my most recent writings, one-off photo pages, musical musings, mini-reviews, etc. -- everything from about November 26, 2015 forward. Most will be related to photography or music in one way or another, or the creative process in general. Much of the content from my old site, gerenm.net, especially the posts and pages that related specifically to photography, have been included within the blog. Some posts will appear almost exactly as they did originally, while others will be edited or abridged, and there may be missing links to pictures. Some of the old content has been committed to the digital round-file, a.k.a., the "bit bucket."
I welcome all kinds of visually interesting photographic assignments, including creative, 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.