An Artist's Perspective: Dooms' Approach to Art is Original

Jul 20, 2016

Chechen Rebel Piano Recital
Credit Chuck Dooms

Chuck Dooms and his cell phone camera are to photography what the 4-track recorder is to rock-and-roll. 

Failed 4H Project
Credit Chuck Dooms

But, a low-budget approach in the hands of an artist can often equal a completely original, howling, needed, primal approach to art making.

Using his own photos or employing photo collage techniques--all self-taught, Mr. Dooms pushes, pulls, and pounds images to fit his mold.

He then attacks his images with colors pulled out of what might be a B-movie documentary on Timothy Leary.

Clint Eastwood Does Rome
Credit Chuck Dooms

The end result is a fresh and alive photo confection,  complete with a title like "Failed 4-H Project,” "Chechen Rebel Piano Recital,” or "Beauty Lobotomy." 

Mr. Dooms told me that when he works with an image, he hears a loud voice in his head that tells him to "stay out of the way." He then totally ignores the subject matter in order to tell a different story through the digital colors he applies.

When I told Mr. Dooms I wanted to report on his work, he humbly said that if I "change my mind and opt for someone a little more conventional," he would understand.

Beauty Lobotomy
Credit Chuck Dooms

To actually know Mr. Dooms is to know Hunter S. Thompson, but without a drop of aggression.

I call him a "rock and roll photographer."

Seeing Mr. Dooms’ photos will make you think of album covers.

Any Dooms image would work famously on a John Spencer or Stephen Malkmus album cover.

And Mr. Dooms doesn't seem to care much for the dollar bills. He only charges $25.00 for a print. The 57-year-old cat just wants to drink coffee, eat pastry, and make some art.

 You can see Chuck’s work at: www.chuckdooms.com.

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