NORMAN PILUKE. Artist. Sheet Metal Contractor. Farmer. Photographer. Darkroom Printer. Digital Printer. Framer. Traveller. That is his story.
Norman Piluke, 1930 - 2018
Norman Piluke was born in Toronto, Canada. (October 14, 1930 - June 6, 2018). He began his working life in the sheet metal industry with his father. He studied Sheet Metal at Ryerson Polytechnic College (Ryerson University). Subsequently, he proceeded to manage his own successful contracting business. At the same time, Norman, the artist, was satisfying his artistic cravings in, painting and photography.
In 1980, photography and darkroom printing became a serious venture. He exhibited in art shows around Ontario and in the Toronto Camera Club. And in 1987, Norman Piluke married Dionisia (Joanie) Casao and they formally established the Norman Piluke Photo Gallery at the DSM Photographic studios in Toronto.
Initially, Norman traveled extensively across Canada and internationally using all systems from 35 mm SLR to large format view film cameras including 8x10. The subjects he captured seemed as limitless as his artistic talent and technical knowledge. Norman's photographic portfolio encompassed a wide range of subjects from aerial photography, nature landscape, nautical, national to international travel and wildlife. In this short period, he became a published photographer in Canada and worldwide.
"A reality exists in the ablity to see it."
The quality and technical marvel of Norman's photographs were produced for twenty years in his darkroom lab using five enlargers and a 40" Kreonite processor. He became a master of creating photographic art using traditional darkroom printing methods. Every image that he produced, whether it was format size or murals contained great compositions, color and sharpness.
By year 2000, Norman jumped into digital photography after a six year self study in Adobe Photoshop. He was one of the first professional photographers who switched over totally to digital photography including digital fine art printing. He used the latest professional 35 DSLR Canon cameras and large format Fine Art Epson printers.
These Fine Art Photographs by Norman Piluke can be found in many homes around the world.