Many people aspire to be actors/actresses and have a successful career in the entertainment industry.
They even give up other professional choices to do so. In the instance of Barret Spencer Oliver, however, the opposite is true.
Despite beginning his career as a child artist, he eventually left the performing business to seek a new career path.
Oliver is a Photographer
Following his exit from the entertainment sector in 1989, Oliver began to study photography.
Stephen Berkman taught him the 19th-century Wet-Plate process, and he trained with photographers such as Cole Weston and George Tice.
After years of practice, the former actor eventually became a master of vintage photographic processes.
He investigated the intersections of several nineteenth-century photography styles by employing diverse historic/pre-industrial technology.
During his exploration, he executed a Wet-Plate technique in Ireland and Romania for a Guinness commercial and the Cold Mountain motion picture.
The multi-talented artist participated in classes and demonstrations as well as wrote articles about photography.
He also worked at the Getty Conservation Institute, chronicling nineteenth-century printing technologies through re-creation and scientific examination. His effort resulted in the first-ever documenting of some obscure and major advances in graphic technology.
His print works have appeared in several gallery/museum exhibitions, periodicals, and motion movies.
Oliver even wrote a book called ‘A History of the Woodburytype,’ which is the sole scholarly examination of a significant printing method and the photomechanical industry.
Utilizes Antique Photographic Processes
Oliver specializes in hand-made prints based on vintage photographic methods. During an interview with Photoculture, he explained that he chose to print images using nineteenth-century processes owing to their scarcity.
The photographer also stated that he grew interested in the art after learning that it will be nearly impossible to obtain good printing materials in the future. This was approximately 2005 when the digital era hadn’t yet caught up. As a result of the demand for greater printing quality, he developed collodion film.
Since then, the Neverending Story actor has worked as a picture printer, photographer, and photographic technology historian.
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Oliver’s Brief Career in the Entertainment Industry
The current artist began his performing career as a kid actor. In 1981, he made his television debut in The Incredible Hulk. The next year, he played Q.P. Circle in the TV movie The Circle Family. He proceeded to appear in films and TV shows such as Love, Sidney, Highway to Heaven, and Frankenweenie.
In 1984, he landed his first major role as Bastian in The Neverending Story.
The following year was a major year for him because he was in three projects: D.A.R.Y.L, Cocoon, and Tall Tales & Legends. After that, he appeared in The Twilight Zone, The Secret Garden, Hooperman, and Cocoon: The Return.
In 1989, he made his final appearance in the entertainment sector.
In the comedic film Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, he played Willie Saravian.