Biography


Hal Work has been teaching digital darkroom techniques for years at the Eureka Photoshop Users Group. He’s an award-winning photographer who’s chosen to make Humboldt County his home and working environment.

After having worked for 30 years in Silicon Valley, Hal began his own photography and fine art printing business, Lucid Works, in 2003. He also does website development for artists and photographers.

Hal’s photographs have been on display at the Morris Graves Museum, Redwood Art Association exhibits, various Arts Alive! and Arts Arcata venues, and local businesses. His photographs are on display in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Even an international rock star bought one! Some of Hal’s work can be seen at the Center for Fine Art Photography’s website.

If you are in need of wide format fine art printing, short runs of beautiful business or travel cards, or something lovely to put on that wall over the couch, please contact Hal Work.

His images are on display at the Old Town Art Gallery in Eureka.
You can see more of his work at these websites:
Eureka Photoshop Users Group
Old Town Art Gallery in Eureka
1953
Hal's Aunt Marian gave him his first camera. His first photo was at twilight of a lineman working at the top of a pole. After the flash, he heard words that he had never heard before ... but too often since.

High School and College Years
Influenced by Kurt Vonnegut, Frederic Brown, Anthony Boucher, Richard Matheson, Alfred Hitchcock, and Robert Sheckley.

Attained degrees in business administration and mathematics as well as a secondary teaching certificate.

Became proficient with a Canon SLR.

1971 - 1974
Started using a Leica rangefinder.

Photographer for Austin School in Austin, Nevada on the “Loneliest Highway in America” while being the math department and half the science, history, and english departments.

1976
Saw real Vermeers at the Mauritshuis and Rijksmuseum ... and was changed.

Built a Vector Graphics microcomputer and attended Homebrew Computer Club meetings at the Stanford Linear Accelerator auditorium with the likes of Lee Felsenstein, Gordon French, Steve Wozniak, and Steve Jobs.

1977
Joined the R&D team at Cromemco Microcomputers. Wrote technical manuals and rewrote their BASIC database management system.

1979 - 1999
Silicon Valley senior programmer analyst, senior systems administrator, operating system and database internals expert.

1999
Moved to Fieldbrook as a telecommuter working for Hewlett-Packard.

Started using a Nikon digital camera.
2009
Was again selected for the Redwood Art Association spring juried show at the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka

Attended the advanced track of the Epson Print Academy in San Francisco

Conducted the second Vernal Equinox Photoshop Competition for the Eureka Photoshop Users Group

Participated in North Coast Open Studios

Helped to create the first fine art photography exhibit for the Redwood Art Association

Placed second in category at the Humboldt Photography Exhibition

Selected for the Humboldt Arts Council members juried show

2010
Selected for the Spring RAA juried show

Participated in North Coast Open Studios

Won Best of Show at the Humboldt Photography Exhibition

Won Honorable Mention at the RAA Fall show

2011
One of Hal's images was accepted to Images of Water show

Won the Edith Lobe Memorial photography award at the Spring RAA juried show
2003

Started company Lucid Works specializing in giclée prints and greeting cards.

2004
Joined the Ink People and the Redwood Art Association.

Took first place in professional digital photography category at Humboldt County Fair.

First outdoor booth at the Fieldbrook Art & Wine Festival.

2005
A Lucid Works print was selected for the Redwood Art Association spring juried show at the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka

After using a digital camera for six years, went back to using his Leica film camera.

Took over the leadership of the Eureka Photoshop Users Group.

Had booths at the North Country Fair and the Fieldbrook Art & Wine Festival

2006
Joined the Old Town Art Gallery in Eureka.

2007
After two years of back working with film, went back to using a Canon SLR ... this time digital.

Attended the advanced track of the Epson Print Academy in San Francisco

Had a booth at the Humboldt Artisans Craft & Music Festival

2008
Conducted the Vernal Equinox Photoshop Competition for the Eureka Photoshop Users Group

Moved to McKinleyville
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