Name: Bill Silliman
Business Name: Bill Silliman Photography
Art Media: photography
Art Form: Photography
Artist History: Bill Silliman was raised on his fathers farm in the middle of North Dakota. His first camera was a Kodak Brownie when he was in high school. Growing up in an area where ducks, geese and whooping cranes flew over the farm, he has always been interested in the outdoors. As a child he remembers chasing the small Killdeer birds around the fields. When you were too close to a nest, the birds would go into their broken wing act and lead us away from the nest. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a BS in Pharmacy. When he was in college, his brother-in-law, Ozzie, gave him one of his cameras. It was a Ricoh which he still has. His first pharmacy position was in Manassas, Virginia where he met a photographer who enrolled him in The Famous Photographers School, whose guiding faculty included, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Bert Stern, Philippe Halsman and more. He continued taking photography courses and creating many photographs which he later sold in Laguna Beach, CA when he was juried into Art-A-Fair. His early photographs were shot with two Canon A-1 cameras and several L Series lenses mostly on Kodachrom 64 transparency film or his medium format Hasselblad C-500 which he still uses occasionally. Since then he has transferred to the digital era. An avid skier, he retired from being a pharmacist and moved to Park City, Utah from Irvine, CA in 2007 so he could be closer to the mountains and his favorite sport of skiing. He has been able to heli ski in Alaska for four weeks a year for the past nine years at Points North Heli Adventures which is located in Cordova, AK. He has many photographs of the heli skiers skiing The Chugatch Range.
Artist Statement: Most of his photographs are wildlife photos which have been taken with a 21 mega pixel Canon 1Ds Mark III camera and are taken with various L Series lenses depending on the situation. He has recently gotten into macro photography for flowers and insects. Make sure you look at his Monarch butterfly photos.
Name: Bill Silliman