Tom Overman has been involved in photography for forty years. First working in the mid 1960s with his father, Jerry Overman, Tom learned darkroom processing and the basics of commercial and sports photography. Although Tom didn't think so when he was a teenager, Jerry has the eye of a master and the patience of a monk, and has passed this art on to two more generations of Overman photographers. This includes Tomís son Jeremiah, and his nephew Michael.
Tom took up his fatherís art in earnest while living with his family in San Jose, California. A series of trips to San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel and the Big Sur area of the Central California Coast - with several cameras in hand - provide the setting for many of Tom's photographs.
A Commander in the Navy Reserve, Tomís military service has played an integral role in many of the images in this catalog. In the fall of 2001 he, like many other reservists, began an extended period of active duty. His service took him to Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of the military task force supporting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and Washington, D.C.ís suburbs. Tom took time to capture two of the countryís most storied regions on film, including stops in Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches National Parks and Gettysburg, PA.
Some of Tomís most dramatic work was created in September 2002, when Tom was transferred from Maryland to California for a second year of Active Duty service. During the transfer, he drove across the country with his father and his son Benjamin Ė and captured majestic images of Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. The October 2003 images were taken after Tom was demobilized and was on his way home.
This catalog reflects much of the range of Tomís photography portfolio, but is less than 1 percent of the full set of images he has captured. He is available for discussions and reviews of the remainder of his work, as well as for commissioned projects throughout the world. In addition, he expects to expand the body of work through a thorough exploration of the Pacific Northwest over the coming years as he and his wife, Mary Ellen McGillan, settle in Oregon.
Tom has a Bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. He also has a Masters in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.