Artist Charlie Hochberg
The MacCallum House is pleased to introduce our featured artist, the photographer Charlie Hochberg. Those of you who have stayed with us before may have enjoyed his atmospheric landscapes in one of our guest rooms or when they were showing in the Café and Grey Whale Bar or the upstairs Sitting Room of the Main House. Or perhaps you have seen them featured in the Dining Room up at the MacCallum House Suites on Palette Drive. Charlies' images of Mendocino and Anderson Valley are currently adding a beautiful touch of local color and scenery to several of our guest rooms on the Main Property: the Redwood Cottage, the Abbey Blair, the Greenhouse, the William Otis Kelly, the North Barn, and the Upper Barn Suite.
Charlie's work is also available on-line at charliehochbergphotography.com.
About Charlie Hochberg
Charlie Hochberg's interest in photography began years ago, when he processed his first roll of Ektachrome color-reversal film back in 1956-57 at his suburban Philadelphia junior high. He shot high school sports for the local papers, was a yearbook photographer in high school and college, ran a darkroom workshop in college, and shot weddings and family portraits. After graduating with a Studio Arts major, Charlie took graduate courses at San Jose State in photo-journalism. While doing his alternative service in the San Francisco Bay area in the mid-sixties he worked in that field, but by the early seventies he had become tired of the many hours spent in a small darkroom with its toxic chemicals. He sold his color darkroom and left photography.
Then, several years ago, some friends gave Charlie a digital camera. Little did they know what they were getting him into. The software opened up a whole new world for the photographer, who says "Imagine! A dry darkroom in a box that you can work in at in full light! This, combined with a good scanner, allows me to use film images as well. It might not be exaggerating too much to say that it changed my life; certainly, I’m an avid photographer again! I can do everything on a computer that I could in a darkroom, as well as “stitch” consecutive images together to create both horizontal and vertical panoramas."
Charlie makes all his own prints on acid free paper with a H.P.1220C printer, and the colors, according to the engineers at HP - though water-soluble - should be at least as resistant to U.V. fading as standard color photographic emulsions. Charlie's panoramic shots of local scenes all have a wonderful mood to them that evoke the soft light and wonderful landforms and forests of Mendocino county. Not only does he shoot the dramatic and rugged coast, but he offers us beautiful imagery through the seasons, especially at the magical hours of dawn and dusk, from his mountaintop home amongst the vineyards and hills of the pastoral Anderson Valley.