Photography begins not in the camera but in the mind and the eye.
The real work is one of noticing and appreciating, seeing things
clearly and differently, and sharing that vision with others.
I have developed my vision and my photographic craft in order to
bring the beauty of nature to light in a fresh way that can inspire
and nourish people.
At the age of ten, Atkinson was given a subscription to
“Arizona Highways” magazine. He cut out several nature
photographs, displayed them on his bedroom wall and
found that he was nourished and inspired by them.
Thus began Atkinson's lifelong journey – exploring and
Atkinson has spent more than forty years refining his vision
as a photographer – hiking through forests and deserts;
lugging camera gear through rain, mud and snow; seeking
out the special light that reveals hidden beauty. Through
intimate landscapes and close-up details, Atkinson's
photographs highlight and celebrate the wonders of nature.
By developing his skills as a photographer and a fine art
printmaker, Atkinson has been able to create expressive and
archival photographs that faithfully share his experiences.
As a pioneer of digital printing technologies, he teaches
workshops in fine-art printmaking and has shared his
expertise with over three hundred photographers.
As a member of the original Macintosh team at Apple
Computer, Atkinson designed much of the initial Macintosh
user interface and wrote the original QuickDraw, MacPaint
and HyperCard software. After years of designing software
tools to empower other creative people, Atkinson is now
empowered in his own art by the accuracy and creative
control made possible by the digital printing process.
In recent years, Atkinson has explored the miniature
landscapes hidden within stones. By photographing cut
and polished rocks he has created an extensive collection of
evocative images that look more like abstract paintings than
photographs. These photographs are featured in Atkinson's
photography book, “Within the Stone.”
Read anecdotes about the development of the Mac
Hear interview with Bill
Bill at Work
Below are a few snapshots of Bill at work, thanks to his friend and colleague, Charlie Cramer.