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Chaucer Wells Photography

Seattle, Washington 98134

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Chaucer Wells Photography located near Seattle,Washington,98134
I started using my camera to earn money when I was in high school, shooting sporting events and working in the local newspaper's darkroom. In those days I carried an Exakta Varex SLR camera with a brilliant 50mm Zeiss lens. The Exakta was completely manual, with no light meter and no batteries. I surrendered my Exacta when it's pentaprism cracked for unknown reasons, and since then I have used a range of cameras made by Mamiya, Yashica, Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and Fujifilm.

After college I pursued a career in business and finance but continued to do photography projects on the side. Sometimes I worked for pay, sometimes not. I made the transition from film to digital in the first years of the new century, which was about the same time that digital SLR's were killing off lines of film cameras left and right. (Anyone remember Contax? How about Bronica?) My switch to digital slashed my film expenses, but I continued to carry a secondary film camera loaded with Ilford XP film for artistic and low light shots. Several years after my digital transition I begrudgingly sold off my beloved film cameras one by one. The last to go was my wonderful Nikon F100. Sniff.

After many years on the corporate hamster-wheel it became obvious that the non-stop stress was doing unpleasant things to my health. So in 2011 I left corporate-land and switched to photography as a full-time job. I moved to Seattle shortly thereafter. I felt drawn to the Northwest's natural beauty and diverse artistic heritage, so relocating here was one of the easier decisions that I've ever made.

The name Chaucer Wells is a pseudonym that I invented for my artistic pursuits more than a decade ago. It is taken from the names of two literary giants, Geoffrey Chaucer and H.G. Wells. My given name is Patrick.

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111 South Lander St., Seattle, 98134, WA