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    My Style

    I believe there is profound, and yet often overlooked beauty in the world around us. My photography is an attempt to capture and expose the beauty that I encounter. For me, these photographs serve as a physical reminder of life’s evanescent moments.

    My Camera

    For most of my photography, I use an early production model of the Leica M6 from 1985 that shoots 35mm film. The M6 is a special camera because of its compact size, quiet shutter, and because it is a rangefinder.

    Rangefinders, unlike traditional SLR cameras, do not show you the world as the lens sees it. Instead, you see white frame lines that approximate the final image and allow you to see objects moving in and out of the frame. There is no preview, and you have to use your feet to zoom.

    Shooting Film

    In a world that is obsessed with over produced, fanciful, magazine style images, I stick with film as a way to say, real life is textured, messy, and beautiful. I get the film developed at a local camera store before scanning the negatives into the computer.


    While most people may use the words interchangeably I believe there is an important difference between an image, a picture, and a photograph. To me an image is created or combined using a program like Photoshop, while a picture is taken with a camera and can only be called photograph once it has been printed. In an age where social media constantly bombards us with forgettable images, it’s refreshing to take a step back and take in the beauty of a printed photograph.

    I have a few photographs for sale. They are 24×16 and printed on canvas. I love the way this material has a texture which feels similar to the grain in film. They look absolutely beautiful and will liven up any room.


    Occasionally I get asked to shoot a wedding or other event. Generally speaking, this is not something I do, but if you are still interested in working with me please read my event photography page.

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    My name is Nelson de Witt, but I was born Roberto Coto. Separated from my birth family during El Salvador’s civil war, by death and adoption, I was reunited with them at the age of 16.

    I’m a jack of all trades that has done everything from business process design to video production to server administration to film photography. I’ve run, consulted on, and wrote a book about Crowdfunding campaigns. I’ve taught myself everything from Ruby on Rails to narrative story structure.

    What do all these things have in common?

    I’m a skilled problem solver who can tackle complex issues and find solutions that combine art with outcomes.

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