Fred McBride is a free lance photographer who moved to Huntsville after spending most of his life in the Washington, DC, area. He spent 37 years in the Federal government after receiving his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute and his master’s degree from George Washington University. Always interested in photography, Fred enrolled in the Fine Arts department at the Northern Virginia Community College. He also studied photography at the Smithsonian Institution and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Fred’s work has been accepted into juried shows at the Capitol Hill Art League and the Washington Center for Photography. He has done commission work for several corporations, and was on the board of directors of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop where he also taught an introductory course in photography.
Photography is the medium I have chosen to use as a way to express how I look at the physical world in which we live. It enables me to capture a mood or a movement that might last only for the time it takes the shutter to open and close. I am equally at ease with photographing people or places, although I must admit a bias towards landscapes, especially those with a bit of mystery about them. I also believe that while Nature cannot be improved, images of her wonders aren’t sacrosanct: reds can be made redder, and blues bluer, which all leads to my personal interpretation of reality.