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HOLD STILL by Andrea Waxler
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S'MORE STUPOR by Andrea Waxler
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TOO MUCH SUGAR by Andrea Waxler
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Andrea Waxler's work, 'Dream State'. Waxler says of her work, "Children typically are on the move-busy, active and full of energy.  But occasionally one can catch the moments they drift into a dreamy state of reverie. Their eyes slip out of focus, their bodies become restful and slack, their faces relaxed.
 
When one views these images, the child is far away, in some meditative state and it leaves the viewer to imagine what they are thinking about.  The energy portrayed is serene, magical and soft and presents the viewer with a rare, still, thoughtful portrayal of children."

Ms. Waxler started her career in the areas of painting, sculpting and pottery. She was the founder and Director of the Art Studio at New Hampshire College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Graduating from University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Fine Art, interest in photography led to coursework at New Hampshire Institute of Art and New England School of Photography. Additional coursework has been completed at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the School for The Digital Arts.
Waxler's works have been shown, awarded and sold at multiple juried gallery exhibits including the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Griffin Museum of Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery, LA Curator Gallery, The Cape Cod Art Association, The Darkroom Gallery, The Moose Hill Gallery, Gallery25N and the Plymouth Center for the Arts.    She is a Russell Gallery Juried Artist (the gallery is located in Plymouth, MA) an Exhibiting Member of the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT and a Juried Member of the New Hampshire Art Association.  She was presented with the prestigious, International 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee for three of her images.

Additionally, her photos have been published in both print and online media in magazines such as "Chronicle of the Horse" and the Smokey Blue Literary and Arts Magazine.  

Her work embraces a visual esthetic that demonstrates energy and intensity, organic, abstract shapes and vibrant colors with a twist of humor and mystery.  

For more info go to:

www.andreawaxler.com
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REMODELING by Anne-Emmanuelle Menguestu
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ALL ABOUT COLOR by Anne-Emmanuelle Menguestu
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INSTRUCTIONS MISSING by Anne-Emmanuelle Menguestu
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Anne-Emmanuelle Menguestu says of her work, "I’m currently working on a photobook to show life through my son’s eyes who was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum when we moved to New York three years ago. I’m showing the way I believe he sees, approaches and comprehends the world around him. I want to reveal the elegance of his personality through the photographs we compose together as well as through the pictures he and I take alone. I want to show his childhood.

His vision is, like everyone else’s unique, and perhaps because of his age -he is now six years old- and the ways we have tried to protect him, there is a distinctly abstract, poetic nature to that vision. There is a music to his gestures, in the way he holds his head, turns his body, gathers his attention. That music, depending on the circumstances, plays louder or softer in comparison to a neurotypical child like his brother, and often, after even a brief moment with him, it’s impossible not to feel touched, pushed to some mysterious emotional edge.

I’m representing that seemingly ineffable, mysterious quality that Gabriel provokes through his gestures and gaze with photographs that are conceptual, abstract, and also realistic in their depiction. When a highly regarded speech therapist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan concluded last year that “Gabriel doesn’t process language..” I understood that the limits of language ran both ways. There was, perhaps, only so much that Gabriel could understand through language, but it was equally true that there was only so much that language could do to express Gabriel’s unique way of experiencing and transforming reality.

Everyday I ask Gabriel: “Gabriel, do you know how much I love you ?”
And everyday he will answer: “Good.”
“Come on Gabriel, I don’t love you good, how much do I love you?”
“Five.”
“What ? Five? So why not ten?”
“Eh .. I mean Up to the sky!”
 
“Up to the Sky” is one of the working titles for this photobook I’m trying to finish.
 
Anne-Emmanuelle Robicquet was born in Bordeaux in 1972. After accomplishing her master in Chinese Literature in Shanghai, she settled in Paris and worked for more than a decade to the Publisher Albin Michel. She moved to New York in 2012, with her husband Dinaw Mengestu and their two children. In class at the International Center of Photography, she is working on a Photobook about her son diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum when he turned 3 years old.
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BOX FORT by Breanna Peterson
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FIRST PLACE WINNER: MUD PUDDLES by Breanna Peterson
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UNHAPPY by Breanna Peterson
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Breanna Peterson says of her work, "Photographs have enthralled me for as long as I remember. It was as a child I unknowingly developed my connection with photography. I formally, and begrudgingly, picked up a camera in high school, and quickly became passionate about creating images. Time came and went and so did my relationship with photography. Once I had children, it resurfaced passionately, as a tool to preserve our everyday, organized chaos. I incorporate environmental and documentary portraiture to create images that tell stories of the ordinary day. My goal is to share with viewers the beauty that we sometimes lose sight of, as we go about our regular routines, as well as preserve our stories."

Peterson's work has been shown in the following galleries (2016):
-Rarefied Light, Alaska Photographic Center, Anchorage, AK, curated by Amy Arbus
-Childhood Everyday, Feature Shoot, curated by Alison Zavos, online
-West Side Stories, temporary exhibit in the Baranov Museum, Kodiak, Alaska

(2015)
-Juror's Choice Exhibition, Alaska Photographic Center, Anchorage, AK, selected by Susan Burnstine
-Rarefied Light, (three selected) Alaska Photographic Center, Anchorage, AK, curated by Susan Burnstine
-The Voice Collection, finalist in the Daily Life category
 
Accolades:
-ClickIn Walk, Second Place, Best All-Around Photo, 2016
-Honorable Mention, Rarefied Light, curated by Susan Burnstine, 2015
-Juror’s Choice Exhibition, two-person show, selected by curator Susan Burnstine, 2015
-“100 Photographer’s to Watch in 2015,” Clickin Moms, 2015
-The Voice Collection selection, 2015
National Geographic Daily Dozen, (multiple selections), 2015
-National Geographic “Someday,” curated by Monica Corcoran, 2015
-Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center mural, multiple images selected, 2015 
 
Published (in-print):
-The Long Way Home, Cover Image, November/December issue, 2015
-Click Magazine, July/August issue, 2015
-Pacific Fishing Magazine, July issue, 2015
 
Collections:
-Baranov Museum
-The Voice Collection
-Providence Kodiak Island Medical
 
Community Work:
-West Side Stories exhibit, Baranov Museum, committee member, 2015-2016
-Artist-in-Residence, 1st grade guest artist, Peterson Elementary, 2016, 2014
-Artist-in-Residence organizer, Peterson Elementary, 2015-2016
-Peterson Elementary yearbook, photographs & assembly, 2013-2016
-Artist-in-Residence curator, Peterson Elementary, 2015
 
Formal Education:
-2013 Masters of Education, Counseling, University of Alaska Fairbanks
-2010 Bachelors of Arts, History, cum laude, University of Alaska Anchorage
 
Membership:
-Alaska Photographic Center (APC)
PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
-CmPro (Clickin Moms Professional)
 
For more info about Peterson go to:
www.breannapeterson.com
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DREAMING by Carla Tabora
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MEDITATION by Carla Tabora
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Carla Tabora says of this particular work, "Following with my camera the childhood of my daughter, trying to catch her dreams and the beauty of her thoughts."
Carla Tabora, an artist whose life has been spent in a variety of lands and languages, has produced a body of work that is like a dialogue between landscape and body, both physically and textual. Through photography and painting has constructed a narrative subtlety, rhythm and light, similar to that of a poem. The central metaphor of the poem is the tree representation of life. Words reverberate around this, the mestizo multilingual text, echoing through the naturalness of all these images soundly structured.

Tabora has exhibited in galleries and online at the following venues:
Galeria Aragon 232, Beijing international art fair, China
Galería Desig(n) Andorra La vella, Andorra
2014 Solo Exposition TOBE gallery, Budapest
2nd prize L.A. PHOTO CURATOR international competition “women and beauty” curator Barbara Pickles
http://www.laphotocurator.com/women-and-beauty-curator-barbara-pickles/second-place-click-

For more info about Tabora go to:

www.carlatabora.com
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PLAYING DISGUISE by Carla Tabora
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AT THE BEACH by Cetywa Powell
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BLOWING UP BALLOONS by Cetywa Powell
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LOSING BASEBALL by Cetywa Powell
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Cetywa Powell is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. As a photographer, Cetywa's recognitions include a 2016 finalist in the Shoot the Frame portrait contest, an Honorable Mention in the 2015 International Photography Awards, a 2013 National Geographic Daily Dozen selection and a 2014 National Geographic Editor's Favorite Pick. Four photographs have been selected for sale by the Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA (through their YourDailyPhotograph.com site).

Cetywa has also been part of exhibitions at galleries in France, New York, Los Angeles, Maryland, Virginia, Hungary, Florida, the Trieste airport in Italy, Vermont and Texas.
 
EXHIBITIONS/RECOGNITIONS include:
2016 - A FINALIST IN THE MAY "SHOOT THE FRAME" Portrait Contest
2016 - TERRABELLAMEDIA "HUMAN HAND" PHOTO CONTEST Winning Entry
2016 - THE DROWNING GULL LITERARY JOURNAL, MAY ISSUE 2 photos
2016 - SHADOW & LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, JAN ISSUE
The Art of Burlesque photos
2016 - MONOVISIONS B&W PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, JAN 14TH
The Art of Burlesque photos

2015 - DIGITAL PHOTO MAGAZINE Travel and Scenics Photo Contest Finalist
2015 - INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, HONORABLE MENTION: Category: Children
2015 - PHOTO SELECTED FOR SALE 8/29: by the Duncan Miller Gallery via YourDailyPhotograph.com
2015 - PHOTO SELECTED FOR SALE 7/29: by the Duncan Miller Gallery via YourDailyPhotograph.com
2015 - F-STOP MAGAZINE, JUNE-JULY ISSUE: Humans vs. Nature issue. (See photo).
2015 - "WET WEATHER" ONLINE EXHIBITION - Don't take pictures magazine May 27th 2015 - Aug 25, 2015
2015 - PHOTO SELECTED FOR SALE 4/15: by the Duncan Miller Gallery via YourDailyPhotograph.com
2015 - JURIED EXHIBITION, TEXAS - A. Smith Gallery, Texas May 22 to June 28, 2015
2015 - JURIED EXHIBITION, VERMONT - Darkroom Gallery Feb 26th - Mar 22nd, 2015 - TRIESTE AIRPORT, ITALY - "City Under Water" photo; group exhibition Jan 2015 - Feb 2015

2014 - "CITY LIFE" SELECTION - Don't take pictures online magazine Nov 2014 2014 - JURIED EXHIBITION, FLORIDA - Vargas Gallery October, 2014
2014 - F-STOP MAGAZINE, AUGUST ISSUE: On the Road Gallery.  
2014 - JURIED EXHIBITION, POLAND + HUNGARY (via dotART) Summer, 2014
2014 - JURIED EXHIBITION, MARYLAND Annmarie Garden, "BeachComber Art Exhibit" 6/20 - 8/24/2014
2014 - F-STOP MAGAZINE, APRIL ISSUE: Natural World Gallery
2014 - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC "EDITORS FAVORITES" PICK: Love Snaps assignment
2014 - PUBLISHED: Two photos, www.spontaneity.org journal (Feb issue)
2014 - PUBLISHED: Gallery of photos, www.projekt30.com: the sex issue, Vol. 9 (Valentine's Day special issue)
2014 - PHOTO SELECTED FOR SALE by the Duncan Miller Gallery via YourDailyPhotograph.com
2014 - PUBLISHED: Gravel Magazine, Feb 2014 issue
2014 - JURIED EXHIBITION, VIRGINIA 1 lb. Gallery, "It's the little things" Feb 5th - March 4th 2014

2013 - JURIED EXHIBITION, LOS ANGELES: 1650 Gallery, "Flower Exhibition": December, 2013
2013 - GROUP EXHIBITION, LOS ANGELES: "Off the Wall", Blick Pop-Up Gallery: Nov 2013 - Jan 31st, 2014
2013 - PUBLISHED: "Architectural Curves" photo in myp-magazine, issue #12
2013 - PHOTO SELECTED for the Peace Project Group Exhibition, exhibiting in LA, San Francisco, Dallas and NY
2013 - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Daily Dozen selection, June 19, 2013
2013 - NEW YORK GROUP EXHIBITION, July 29th 2013 - Sep 10th, 2013
2013 - 2014 - INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITION: Grenoble, France: "Femmes", 2013
 
www.ten8photography.com
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FORESHADOW by Cyane Tornatzky
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IN THE CLOVER by Cyane Tornatzky
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SECRET by Cyane Tornatzky
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Cyane Tornatzky says of her work, "While I often use my photographs as source material for my digital work, my original images are usually changed beyond recognition. We often take so many images that the minutia of our lives slips away from us without our noticing. Photography helps us to remember these days.

For this call I was compelled to return to photography as a way of preserving the fleeting days of summer, as well as the fleeting childhood of my only child."

I currently live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my husband, son and four chickens.

Tornatzky holds a MFA San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA and also a BA College of Wooster, Wooster, OH.

For more info about Tornatzky go to:
www.cyanerollinstornatzky.com
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BOYHOOD IN SILHOUETTE, KAHULUI AIRPORT, 2014 by Deb Achak
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Deb Achak says of her work, "My photography is an extended love letter to my family.  It began as a simple desire to document my children as they grew, and evolved into a love of visual storytelling and environmental portraiture.   Through the medium of photography I have found that the simple and mundane can be eloquent and poetic.  Photography for me as become a path toward mindfulness and gratitude. I am self-taught and always learning.  I live in Seattle, WA with my husband and two sons.

Motherhood is a messy business. It can be loud, stressful, and exhausting. And yet, with my camera in hand I have become a magician of sorts. I can extract all the noisy, smelly bits of motherhood and freeze tiny moments of quiet and beauty. When I do this, I highlight the gratitude I feel to have my children in my life. I rarely direct my children other than asking them to hold still or repeat a gesture. I focus on clean, uncomplicated composition in my portraits.

In Boyhood in Silhouette I paired the gorgeous Maui cloudscape with a fun toy my eldest son loved playing with. In Pikachu my youngest son is framed by bath water just before his Halloween face paint was washed away. And in The Brothers I capture a rare moment of calm as the boys play a video game in a sea of white sheets."

For more info about Achak go to:

www.debachakphotography.com
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PIKACHU, SEATTLE, WA 2015 by Deb Achak
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THE BROTHERS, SEATTLE, WA 2015 by Deb Achak
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FLOAT by Diane Nicholette Jeon
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SPRINT by Diana Nicholette Jeon
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TREAD by Diane Nicholette Jeon
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Diane Nicholette Jeon says of her work, "Most of my artwork takes a critical view of social, political and/or cultural issues. I use my work to process my emotions about a specific event or series of events, and to give voice to those emotions so that others may “hear” them, too. I often use beauty as a conceit to entice a viewer to look at an ugly truth they may not wish to see. Via my work, I have addressed women's issues, politics issues such as war, and issues surrounding tourism stemming from living in a island paradise suffering from how others romanticize the islands and our peoples.
 
I work in multiple kinds of media. I believe that materials have mana, so, whenever possible, I use the media that I feel lends the most meani [Text Box: Diana Nicholette Jeon] [Text Box: Diana Nicholette Jeon Fine Art 2714 Kahoaloha Lane PH7 Honolulu, HI 96826 USA 808-349-9529 diananicholettejeonfineart@gmail.com http://diananicholettejeon.com] ng to any given project. Though there is not always material similarities between the different projects, they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. My methodology is consistent. Process is always an integral part of the work and the statement of the work; In the age of digital photography, mass production of images is easy and yet perhaps unsatisfying to both artist and viewer, each looking for something novel and special in art: really the reason that art is created. I believe the most interesting space in photography today is where the artist can combine digital techniques with hand-worked processes to produce one-of-a-kind works."

Honolulu, HI-based artist Diana Nicholette Jeon spent 10 years working in high tech before returning to school to pursue her first love, art. Perhaps due to her experiences working in California's Silicon Valley, she fell in love with Photoshop when she first encountered it in 1994. In school, she gravitated immediately to digital tools, while still pursuing training in traditional media. She attended the University of Hawaii where she received a BA in Studio Art, then dragged her husband and toddler all the way to Maryland, to pursue graduate work. Jeon was awarded her MFA in Imaging and Digital Art from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County in 2006. Afterward, she and her family happily scampered home to Hawaii, where she spent seven years teaching digital imaging and motion graphics at the college level. In 2013, she decided to plunge into producing her art on a full-time basis.
 
Jeon's work has been exhibited extensively, venues include the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the San Diego Art Institute, and the Tethys Gallery in Florence, Italy. She has received multiple awards for her work; recent awards include two recognition purchase awards from The Hawaii State Foundation of Art and Culture, a First Place and five Honorable Mentions from the 5th Mobile Photo Awards, and being named a Most Wanted Visionary at the Florence International Photo Awards. Jeon’s art has been featured in a wide array of publications, including the Huffington Post, Lens Culture, Binfeng Space Art/Culture magazine, PhotoPhore, Corriere della Sera and L’arena. Her works are in many public and private collections, including the permanent collection of the State of Hawaii Art in Public Places program, the International Printing Museum, the Albert O. Kuhn Library Special Collections Department at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Cambiano, Florence, Italy.

For more info about Jeon go to: diananicholettejeon.com
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CRUSH by Harry Longstreet
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ART CRITIC by Harry Longstreet
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STAGE FRIGHT by Harry Longstreet
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Harry Longstreet says of his work, "No one just takes up space. The human condition is an entire canvas of thoughts, emotions and reactions to circumstances.

In my photography I try to capture the truth about diverse people and how they live… and how they reflect their respective spaces.

My subjects never know they’ve been photographed. I don’t set-up or pose any shot and never employ anything but available light."

Longstreet has been published widely and exhibited internationally. Here is a list of some of his publication work and awards:
-Creative Quarterly-100 Best Annual Edition 2015
-Franke Tobey Jones Art Center-Third Place Photography-October 2015
-Creative Quarterly 41-Winner Professional Photography-Winter Edition 2015
Creative Quarterly-100 Best Annual Edition
-2014
-Focus at the Delaplaine-Juried Exhibit-Third Place-November 2014
-Art Ascent-Distinguished Artist-October 2014
-Creative Quarterly 37-Winner-Professional Photography-Fall-Winter 2014
-Best of Show-Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition-January 2014
-Creative Quarterly33-Winner-Professional Photography-Winter Edition 2014
-6th International Photographic Salon Varna-Gold FIAP Medal (Monochrome Photography)-June 2013
Howard Arts Center-Merit Award-June 2013
Associated Arts of Ocean Shores-Honorable Mention-April 2013
Baker Arts Center-Second Place/Photography-April 2012
Color Magazine-Single Image Merit Award-March 2012
Black & White Magazine-Single Image Merit Award-February 2012
CVG Show 2012-Third Place Photo/Digital Arts-January 2012
Kitsap 2012 Arts Festival-Best of Show-First Place Photography-July 2011
Baker Arts Center-Merit Award, Photography-April 2011
Creative Quarterly23 Winner-Professional Photography Summer 2011

Exhibitions (2016):
 
-June-1650 Gallery-“Girls, Girls, Girls”-juried exhibition-Los Angeles, CA
-June-Blank Wall Gallery-“Portraits”-juried exhibition-Athens, GREECE
-June-September Howard Arts Center-59th National Multi-Media Juried Exhibition-Rocky Mount, NC
-May-June-Peninsula Fine Arts Center-Biennial 2016-Newport News, VA
-April-May-A Smith Gallery-juried exhibition-“Red”-Johnson City, TX
-March-June-Masur Museum-juried-Monroe, LA
-March-April-PhotoSpiva 2016-juried exhibition-Joplin, MO
-March-Darkroom Gallery-juried exhibition-juror, Peter Henley-Essex Junction, VT
-March-City of Auburn Gallery-Solo Exhibition-Auburn, WA
-February-March-A Smith Gallery-“Childhood” juried competition-Johnson City, TX
-January-February-CVG Gallery-Annual Washington State Juried Competition-Bremerton, WA

For more info about Longstreet go to:
www.harrylongstreet.com
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SECOND PLACE WINNER: 5 AND 6 by Holly Donovan
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KINDERGARDEN PORTRAIT LAST DAY by Holly Donovan
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PLAYGROUND by Holly Donovan
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Holly Donovan says of her work, "My work is centered around the universal and fleeting qualities of childhood, often inspired by memories of my own. My intention is to reveal a combination of authenticity, spontaneity, and curiosity while revealing the moment. My approach is photojournalistic; storytelling
is at the root of my vision. I record my childrens memories while recreating some of my own. Some, purely out of the desire to want to experience them again after the loss of my brother in 2011.
 
My work is deeply personal, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to relate to their own memory or existence, be it childhood or something else. I am particularly drawn to faces, curious about the complexities beneath an expression, while attempting to record the spirit."

Holly Donovan resides in Chicago with her husband and four children, working two full time jobs: one as a stay at home mother, and the other behind the camera exploring personal and commissioned work. Most of her adult education has its roots in horticulture- she’s spent most of her professional career working in that field, and photography always remained a creative outlet. It wasn’t until having a family that she began using photography on a more purposeful level in order to document daily life as a mother, and photojournaling her children’s life experiences. Holly’s background and education in photography began in college and has continued recently in the last five years, studying with mentors, experimenting with different techniques and concentrating on learning light, composition and storytelling. Her love of street and documentary photography carries over into her vision and approach to how she photographs both her own children and client work.

www.hollydonovan.com
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MIFAMILIA CURTAIN by Megan Jacobs
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MIFAMILIA REACH by Megan Jacobs
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HONORABLE MENTION: MIFAMILIA TIGHTS by Megan Jacobs
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Megan Jacobs says of her work, "The series, Mi Familia, explores the vulnerability, intimacy and joy of motherhood and childhood.  The work uses personal and universal perspectives to convey the complexities of these pivotal experiences. Joyous, and at times melancholic, the photographs explore fleeting and momentous moments as well as the detritus of childhood: a forgotten half-eaten ice cream cone or the weightless feeling of being outside on a summer day.  The work at times explores “off moments” those that normally wouldn’t be included in a family photo album such as images that explore how we translate and remember pain. The work explores kinesthetic experiences that tie us to place experiences that are rooted in childhood and yet often dormant in adulthood: the feeling of fresh snow on one’s tongue or the dancing shadows on new powdered snow. The work hopes to pay tribute to the astute ways that children observe and see the world and investigates various stages of childhood as framed by family rituals and seasonal changes such as saving a locket of hair or observing the elongated shadows of summer.
 
The work seeks to create empathy, illicit nostalgia and honor the sanctity of childhood through the creation of moments filled with the magic of play, the captivating aspects of nature, yet overlaid with the inevitable fleetingness of it all.  Aesthetically, the work seeks to create an ethereal beauty that rests on “love’s wings”. "

Megan Jacobs is an artist based in New Mexico.  She is an Honors College Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico and is the Vice-Chair of the Society for Photographic Education-Southwest Region. She earned an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico and a BA from Smith College. Her work explores delicate relationships--our existence as material and concept, the interweaving of two partners in love and the bond of parent and child. The materials that she works with: photographs, video projections, time-based media, glass, and ice, function metaphorically to illustrate the ambiguity of the body and the mutability of memory and identity. Jacobs' lectures and exhibitions have been included at Saatchi Gallery [online], Photo Eye Gallery, Museum of New Art (MONA), Chinese International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea, and Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

For more info about Jacobs go to: www.meganjacobs.com
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DAY DREAMING by Judi Iranyi
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MICHAEL by Judi Iranyi
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PLAYING DRESS UP by Judi Iranyi
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Judi Iranyi says of her work, "Photography has been an integral part of my life since the birth of my son Michael .

Now in my seventies  I reflect on my memories. Issues of mortality, aging and identity become very important.

I photograph to remember both the people and the places that I have seen.

I have been seeking simplicity, directness, and purity in my photographs by attempting to capture the dignity and substance of ordinary people in their natural environment. 

I am very interested in the way the world looks and everywhere I look seems to have something interesting to photograph.

Photography for me is an act of distilling reality into my personal vision. A photograph becomes a way of communicating information about other people, places and cultures.

My life passions are traveling, literature, and photography. This has allowed me to broaden my view of the world and appreciate different cultures.  I hope my photographs resonate with viewers."

Judi Iranyi was born in Hungary at the close of World War II.  Later she emigrated to Venezuela with her family.  She was educated there and in Trinidad, and Barbados through high school. After that, she moved to Germany where she lived for four years.In 1965, Ms Iranyi came to the United States, living first on the East Coast and then moving to San Francisco in 1971.
 
She graduated from City College of San Francisco’s photography program and then earned a BA degree in Art/Photography from San Francisco State University.  Later she received an MA degree in Visual Design from U.C. Berkeley, and completed a master’s level museum studies program at John F. Kennedy University.
She also earned an MA degree in Social Work at San Francisco State University.  She worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker until her retirement.
 
Now that she is retired, Ms. Iranyi is dedicating her time to her photography.

www.judiiranyi.com 
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SUPER HERO by Kathy Curtis Cahill
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TEDDY by Kathy Curtis Cahill
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TRICK OR TREAT! by Kathy Curtis Cahill
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Kathy Curtis Cahill says of this work, "'Childhood Matters', Childhood is a very fragile and important time in the development of every person.
Everything that happens in early childhood matters.  The combination of good and bad experiences all help form the child into the adult they become.
 
Children depend on adults from birth until they are themselves adults. Neglect and abuse at the early developmental stage is can be the greatest harm a child suffers.
Even a single message of rejection or a lone episode of emotional abuse can have an impact on the psyche of a child.  Many adults still carry the scars of their childhood, which prevents them from leading happy, healthy and productive lives.
 
Coping mechanisms for young children often involve role play. From a very early age young children play all day. This is how they start to make sense of the world around them.  When they are having fun, learning is natural and easy. Play-based learning frequently means pretending and role-playing.  Using props and costumes, they explore real life or imaginary worlds.  This imaginative play aids not only intellectual development, but fosters empathy and social skills.  They can safely try on other identities, and feel what it is like to be someone else --  mom and dad, everyday figures like police officers, and superheroes and princesses.  Pretending helps them explore the unknown and offers a safety net, allowing them to take risks.  Many abused children go through role-play therapy in their recovery process, allowing them to feel less like a victim by giving them a sense of control over their lives.
 
Playing with dolls and teddy bears allows children to form an attachment that is an extension of themselves.  It is often the first attachment after the one they have with their mother.  To children, these objects are real, and they learn to negotiate with a “being” that has different thoughts and feelings from themselves.  Many adults still have these early toys, so real and important are they that getting rid of them would be like killing a trusted friend.
 
When adults reminisce about their childhood, it is often a combination of these two polar opposite experiences that stand out most clearly.  Dressing up in a costume and pretending to be a superhero, or playing with a treasured toy received as a birthday or Christmas gift, are often their happiest memories.  Any traumatic experience, whether at home or school, is often the painful, embarrassing memory, still fresh after many years. There may not leave physical scars, but the internal ones are surely there.
 
My photographs capture these moments, both good and bad, that make up everyone’s childhood memories. Even dire circumstances, like poverty and abuse, do not stop children from escaping into an imaginary world of play."
  
Cahill grew up in a working class family in upstate New York, and like most photographers, has always been interested in the magic of the medium. She majored in art in high school as well as college, where, fortunately, photography was part of the curriculum. Although earning degree in art education, Kathy became involved in the entertainment industry after moving to Los Angeles. She settled into the Art Department as a Set Decorator, and worked for over 30 years in this capacity, in commercials, music videos, independent  films, and eventually, television series. She garnered  an Emmy Nomination in 2001 for her work on the CBS series “Judging Amy”, and finished her career by retiring from ABC’s “Criminal Minds”. Kathy began using her own photographs as set dressing, and learned to photograph many different subjects. After building a large collection of stock of photographs, she started a business to license her images to other television and film productions. Since retiring in 2011, Kathy has pursued photography full time. She has had two solo shows as well as participating in many group shows.
 
Cahill considers 'Childhood Matters' to be her most significant work to date and continues to add to the collection of images in order to further explore this very important topic.
 
Cahill has extensive gallery exhibition experience including the following:

-Gallery 825 Los Angeles juried show “Out There” June10-18 2016
-Rolling Hills Estates CC juried show currently showing  through June 21
-Solo Show AC Gallery  Los Angeles April 2016
-A Smith Gallery Johnson City TX Juried Show  RED (April-May 2016)
-Solo Show  AC Gallery Los Angeles(April 2016)
-Oddville Gallery Los Angeles Juried Show (April 2016)
-Solo Show “Memories and Demons”- Artists Corner Gallery-Los Angeles,Ca, (July 11-August 8, 2015)
-Featured Emerging Artist -Your Daily Photograph-Duncan Miller on line Gallery (May 15, 2015)
-Photo Independent- Los Angeles Ca. (May 1-3, 2015)
-Photo LA - group show-Artists Corner Booth -Los Angeles,Ca. (January 21-23, 2015)
-Left Coast Juried Show- Sanchez Art Center- Pacifica, Ca. (April 2014)
-Las Laguna’s Gallery- group show -Laguna Beach, Ca. (April  2014)
-Women’s Works 2014 Annual Show- group show- Woodstock, IL (March 2014)
-Solo Show “Night Echoes” Calumet Gallery, Loos Angeles Ca. (January 2014)
-Featured Emerging Artist-Your Daily Photograph-Ducan Miller on line Gallery  (January 10, 2014)
 
She has been published in the following online publications:
-L’Oeil de la Photographie portfolio of the Weekend May 7-8 2016
-Blog Writer 550 April 28 2016
-L’Oeil de la Photographie featured artist in article Jan 27 2016
-Diversions LA Featured Artist http://diversionsla.com/?p=1729 (Dec 6, 2015)
-Diversions LA Review http://diversionsla.com/?p=67 (July 28, 2015)
-Art Week LA http://artweek.la/issue/july-6/articlekathy-curtis-cahill-memories-and-demons
-Fabrik.la http://fabrik.la/kathy-curtis-cahill-memories-and-demons/ (June 26, 2015)
Artist Outreach -http://shoeboxpr.com/2015/07/01/an-interview-with-artist-kathy-curtis-cahill/
f8pasadenasalon.weeblly.com A Talk With Kathy Curtis Cahill (August 8, 2015
Bob Killen Art Photography Blog Interview- Kathy Curtis Cahill (August, 2015)
Bob Killen Art Photography Blog Review -“Night Echoes” (January, 2014)
Women In Photography International Women’s Exhibit (March 2014, 2015)
Photography Masterclass Magazine (November 2014 Issue)
 
 For more info about Cahill go to:
 
www.KathyCurtisCahillFineArtPhotography.com
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GRANDPA SY AND RY 1976 by Kim Gottlieb-Walker
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SEMELE BLUE FAIRY by Kim Gottlieb-Walker
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HONORABLE MENTION: SEMELE BLUE WITH MAMA by Kim Gottlieb-Walker
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Kim Gottlieb-Walker (b. 1947 Philadelphia, PA) is an American photographer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past 45 years, she has built a distinctive portfolio that includes some of the most notable musicians and personalities of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her mother, an assistant to a portrait photographer, gave Kim her first 35mm camera and taught Kim the basics of light and photography from early on.

A graduate of UCLA with honors in Motion Picture Production, Kim worked as a teaching assistant in the film department and began photographing at concerts while her professor, Bill Kerby, conducted interviews. This led to her classic portrait of Jimi Hendrix during Kerby’s 1967 interview with him, a photo Kim took when she was only twenty years old. 

Kim worked as a photo editor in the LA underground scene of the early ‘70s, accompanying journalists on assignments and often shooting at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge where she photographed Andy Warhol and author Howard Fast.

She moved to London for a year, perfecting her skill of shooting live performances on stage during the early1970’s including Joni Mitchell at the Isle of Wight music festival and Pink Floyd in the recording studio. She shot the last photos of Gram Parsons jamming with his new discovery, Emmylou Harris, before his untimely death in 1973.
 
Kim’s ability to photograph candidly in natural light has produced some of her most iconic photographs in Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, her first book which documents many never-before-seen photographs of reggae legends including Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Peter Tosh with commentary from Cameron Crowe, Roger Steffens and former Island Records head of Publicity, Jeff Walker.  

She went on to shoot film stills for John Carpenter’s Halloween, The Fog, Christine and Escape from New York and also worked at Paramount as unit photographer for Cheers and Family Ties.
 In 1980, Kim was one of the first women admitted to the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600 and has served as an elected representative for still photographers on their National Executive Board for nearly three decades. 

Currently, she devotes much of her time to assisting photographers in the Guild by organizing seminars in new digital technologies. 

Kim Gottlieb Walker’s work has been exhibited at the Jamaican Consulate in New York, Proud Gallery in Camden and The Cinematographers’ Guild exhibit at PHOTO LA. 

Her first USA solo show based on her book "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae"  was entitled I and Eye: The Photos of Kim Gottlieb-Walker, 1975-1976 was at KM Fine Arts in Los Angeles, CA. in 2014. She has been published in MOJO, Rolling Stone, Time, People, The Free Press, LA Weekly, Time Out, Feature Magazine, Music World and Crawdaddy.  Her photos have appeared in several books including "Classic Hendrix" published by Genesis Press. Kim’s High Times cover photo of Bob Marley remains the magazine’s most popular cover to date. Her latest book "On Set with John Carpenter" has generated rave reviews.

For more info about Gottlieb-Walker, go to:
www.lenswoman.com
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EVERY KID LOVES TO WEAR ICE CREAM by Larry Horowitz
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MODERN BOYS, MODERN TOYS by Larry Horowitz
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STREET BALL by Larry Horowitz
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Larry Horowitz says of this work, "This was fairly simple. Find kids. Focus. Wait. A shot will always materialize."

I have been a photographer for 50 years, always shooting people.  Though photography has never been a significant source of income, I have over the years worked for national magazines and corporate sponsors of concert and sporting events. 

Today I shoot with my Iphone, Nikon D100, Sony Cyber-Shot.  I was away from photography for a number of years due to my eye sight.  I could no longer focus a clear shot.  Digital and auto focus rescued me.   While I do not understand all of the technical aspects of today’s cameras.  I have learned over 50 years, what, when and why to shoot the picture.

Photography is three disciplines:
A challenge to go out and bring back a good picture. An art form that can bring forth emotions. A record of a moment that will never be again. For me, photography is never an obsession.  Always a pleasure."
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BEST FRIENDS by Mara Zaslove
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ROAD TRIP by Mara Zaslove
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WATER FIGHT by Mara Zaslove
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Mara Zaslove says of her work, "These 3 images highlighting ‘Childhood’ represent spontaneous moments in a child’s life.  Two of the images are of a two year old who is enamored with her Teddy Bear.  She is a delightful child with an energetic personality but who also allows herself to be comforted by her stuffed animal.  The two boys captured in black and white, were so engrossed in their play that they didn’t notice me taking pictures of them.  When photographing, I often strive to capture candid images such as those submitted.  They encapsulate memories of childhood that are so often fleeting."

Mara Zaslove is a Southern California fine art photographer who focuses on a variety of motifs.   Her passion for photography has allowed her to express herself in a visual conversation and has interwoven her view of the world with her life experiences. Her involvement as staff photographer for the international dance company, Diavolo, afforded her the opportunity to create a solo study of one of their dancers. Similarly, on many occasions, her love for children has allowed her to introduce them to photography, often pursuing it in a therapeutic environment.
 
Primarily, Mara’s process tends to be spontaneous.  She has a curiosity about her immediate environment and expresses this by photographing subjects that capture her fascination.  It can be the mundane, atypical or traditional but she seeks to document a uniqueness particular to each subject.

Zaslove's recent exhibitions have included the following:
 
-10 of my photographic images were curated into the 2016 second annual Art Classic exhibition “Oasis” at the Los Angeles County Fair in the front gallery of the Millard Sheets Art Center.
 -My image, “Ancient Lines,” was juried into the Los Angeles Art Association's 2016 auction.
- 8 images were juried into “Monstr Reality” exhibition at bG/bGart Galleries at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California, May 2016.
 -My image, “Outside,” was juried into 'Out There,” a very special exhibition during West Hollywood's Pride Month 2016 festivities at LAAA/Gallery 825.

Her work is part of the Fine Art Auction to benefit the Hold You Foundation at The Loft at Liz's, May 2016 and several of her images were selected to be part of “Open Desert” a music and photographic arts showcase at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

For more info about Zaslove go to:
marazaslove.com
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HEART OF THE FOREST by Nadia Stone
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LOST BOYS by Nadia Stone
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MAGIC GARDEN by Nadia Stone
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Nadia Stone is a French lifestyle photographer who lives with her husband and her three children in the South West of France. Her love for the lens began with an education in the technical side of the cinema industry. Living embedded in nature, the forest and the beach provides the perfect setting for shooting her favorite models (her kids). Using natural lighting and creating a timeless feeling are the focus of her shots. She loves to capture the mood with her black and white processing, searching for new depths in the absence of color.

For more info about Stone find her at these social websites:

www.nadiastonephotography.com 
 
www.facebook.com/nadiastonephotography

www.instagram.com/nadia_stone_photography
 
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OWEN'S CARS by Nancy Roberts
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OWEN JUMPING by Nancy Roberts
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SUMMER BOY by Nancy Roberts
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Nancy Roberts says of her work, "I have always been interested in recording my life.  At nine, I started keeping a diary after seeing the movie “Diary of Anne Frank.”  When I began photographing,  I turned increasingly to making images as a visual diary.  I took my first self-portrait more than thirty years ago, and I have continued to place myself in front of my camera ever since as subject, symbol, or human presence.  When a husband, dog, and two children entered my life, I continued to photograph myself, (pregnancy was a terrific photo opportunity), but I also documented my life, my journey through motherhood, and my children's
journey through their childhoods."

Nancy Roberts was born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1951, and after being educated in the east at Yale University, she escaped to the west coast for ten years of new experiences in the 70's.  She worked as a designer and photographer for the Small Farmer's Journal, and continued to pursue her passion for photography which began when she was sixteen. At thirty she went to graduate school for an MFA at Ohio University. Then, gradually as a husband, two children, and three dogs, entered her life, she continued to photograph and also teach photography at several schools.  She now lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  She has been a member of the Umbrella Community Arts Center for twenty-eight years.  She is the photographer for the Concord Art Association, teaches at the Middlesex Summer Arts Camp, and continues to photograph herself, her family, and her life.  

Roberts has exhibited extensively and received the following grants and prizes:
 
2013     Julia Margaret Cameron Nominee
2010     Santa Fe Photographic Workshops,  “Family” contest, second place.
1997    New England Foundation for the Arts, Award winner.
1991    Artists Foundation, Massachusetts Artists Fellowship. Finalist award.
1987    Massachusetts Arts Council. Grant to create: Remarkable Women
 
 Roberts work experience includes the following:
 
2013                 Milton Academy,  Milton, MA, Photography Teacher
2012-present   Middlesex Summer Arts Program, Concord, MA Photography Teacher
2006-present   Concord-Carlisle High School,  Concord, MA. Substitute Photography Teacher
1985-91            Milton Academy, Milton, MA, Photography Teacher
1983-89            Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, Photography Instructor
1987-88            Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA, Photography Teacher
1984                 Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME, Summer Photography Teacher
1978-81            Small Farmer’s Journal, Junction City, OR,  Photographer and Graphic Designer
1976-77            Lane County Youth and Children’s Services, Eugene, OR,  Book Project Supervisor
 
For more about Roberts go to:
www.nancyrobertsphotography.com
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PRESCHOOL BALLERINA WITH PINK SNEAKERS by Paisley Callow
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THE YOUNG BOY & THE SEA by Paisley Callow
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WIDE EYED CHILD by Paisley Callow
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US/UK artist Paisley Callow draws upon her multicultural childhood spanning four continents as a diplomat's child, her study of World Arts & Cultures and her experience as an early childhood educator to visually explore diverse subjects within the broad spectrum of human experience from the freewheeling emotions of childhood to the multivalent complexities of contemporary Islamic fundamentalist politics. For Paisley, each new artistic idea lends itself to a specific medium of expression. For example, the energy of a child’s wild movement & expression might best be captured in a digital color photograph whereas the indigenous Beduin history of earthenware clay renders it ideal for representing Arabian ceramic satire. Paisley has explored many media including thermal imagery and Xray photography on a quest to express with creative accuracy what inspires her about the world to viewers of all ages.

Callow graduated, cum laude with a BA in fine arts from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and earned her art teaching certification in California and Florida. She has taught painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, art history, and world cultures for 12 years in a wide range of educational contexts including galleries, museums and schools across America. Paisley created her unique World Arts & Cultures curriculum www.colorfulcultures.org from a lifetime traveling the world and studying art internationally during her formative years in Asia and the Middle East. She has worked as a fine art, school, nature, event, rappelling and thermal photographer.
 
For more info about Callow go to:
www.paisley.carbonmade.com
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LIGHT by Paula Rae Gibson
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WHEN WILL I FIND MY LIFE Paula Rae Gibson
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SIENNA Paula Rae Gibson
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Paula Rae Gibson says of her work, "I like to take photos which have no sense of time, which make us lose ourselves, inside ourselves... the space between our thoughts. I aim to put as much emotion as possible into my work, hoping to communicate with others on the deepest level- with depth comes real connection, comes making something positive out of whatever happens to us."

From the UK, Paula Rae Gibson lives in the Netherlands with her daughter, who is captured in these images.

Gibson was a 2015 a finalist award for the Julia Margaret Cameron Woman's Photography Prize, for fine art category, and portrait and childrens portrait.

In 2016 her image 'LATE HUSBAND' was selected by Roger Ballen as a Melbourne Photo Award finalist 2016

For more info about Gibson go to:

www.paularaegibson.com
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OPPORTUNITY by Renee Akana
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Renee Akana says of her work, "I never conceived my own children. I remember some years ago bragging that my memory receded as far back as the baby stroller, remembering the hood of the carriage, sensations and discomfort.  My mother spoke up and said, “Then you remember the accident.”  Within a flash, vivid images raced across my brain of a woman whose car was hit by a train when I was in my stroller.  My mother added that she had a difficult time wheeling me across the railroad tracks after that.  Later on, she and I would relive the experience again when my father was hit by a train.  This time, she screamed when we went over the railroad tracks.
 
If there is a format for childhood, a rule book, then some of it must have been printed in a different language.  I know, it sounds like a dark perception, but in a real world childhood may have more involvement in destiny than fantasy.  Or maybe it is a crap shot.  Yet, we all start out exactly the same way.
 
The first aspect of childhood is conception within the womb where you build your first relationship in life.  This is where your spirit takes up residence. You are innocent, vulnerable, maybe lucky to be born to good fortune, but when the doctor ties off your belly button, the remains of the umbilical cord follow you forever.  You can’t see it.  You don’t talk about it.  More than likely we all ignore it. 
 
When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I knew it immediately and when I remember her, my memory goes all the way back to the stroller.  I will always be that child."
  
Renee Akana is a formally trained photographer and painter from Los Angeles, California, currently living between Charlottesville, Virginia and Central New York. 

As a painter, Renee relied on inner vision which translated to canvas. As a photographer, an outer image creates a stimulus to the imagination or provokes a memory.

Renee lived in Los Angeles for 45 years, surrounded by city structure and interfaced with millions of people as a daily experience. Moving away from it is a different experience, but she remains connected to Los Angeles. Living no farther than four miles from the beach, surrounded by mountains and desert, she escaped when she could, but she has a true love of L.A. and the opportunities it presents for documentary photography.

Commercially, Renee has worked as an architectural and real estate photographer. An extensive background in portrait and event photography has helped her understand lighting, proportion, distortion and documentation.  She continues to work in portraiture and performing arts photography.  Her fine art background in painting gives her a basis for content and composition.

In her youth, she worked for the architectural firm, R. Duell & Associates in Santa Monica, California. Randal Duell came out of MGM Studios and designed most of the major amusement parks in the world.

She was married to and involved with the work of a real estate development consultant who worked on major international projects. Her in-laws managed Ansel Adams' career. Six degrees of separation and lots of creative stimulation have been a fortunate aspect of her life.

Akana has exhibited nationally including the following shows:

-2013 MOPLA Pin Up Show, Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA
-2012 Pico Artist Coalition 
-2010 / 2009  5x7 shows, Blue 7 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
-2009 Water Show, Santa Monica College Exhibit, Santa Monica, CA
-2008 Exhibit for Pico Blvd / Pico Improvement Organization, Santa Monica, CA
-2008 National Geographic Bioblitz, Santa Monica Mountains, CA, contributing photographer

She has also received the following awards:

- IPA 2012 - Honorable Mention - Special : Digitally Enhanced Category
 -IPA 2012 - Honorable Mention - Fine Art : Other_FA Category
-IPA 2011 - Honorable Mention - People : Lifestyle Category

To find out more about Akana go to:
www.28moons.com

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PROTECTION by Renee Akana
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TRUTH by Renee Akana
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FIRST HOME by Romina Mandrini
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HONORABLE MENTION: SAFE PLACE by Romina Mandrini
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THE PARTING by Romina Mandrini
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I have been photographing my children since 2012, when photography took a hold of me. At first I was simply documenting our family life and striving to make beautiful portraits. With time, however, I found the images went on to reveal my children’s vulnerabilities, their strength and their fears, and the secrets of growing and changing that even they themselves were not always aware of.
 
And then came another discovery: in my children’s innocent gestures and in the awkward, in-between moments, I began to see glimpses of my own childhood and the pivotal experiences that I had not understood then, but could see with new eyes now – the uncomfortable unfolding of my growing up.
 
Minor White once said that “all photographs are self-portraits”. In this way my images have been playing a healing role, helping me to process the long-forgotten “stuff” of childhood, the mysteries I didn’t know I knew, which, for better or for worse, have shaped who I am today. 
 
Romina Mandrini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to Sydney, Australia at the age of nine, where she currently resides with her husband and four children. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Linguistics from the University of New South Wales, she went on to work in publishing as a children’s book editor. In 2012, following the birth of her fourth child, she discovered photography and has been gripped by it ever since. She is proud to have had her work exhibited at PhotoPlace Gallery in the US and PH21 Gallery in Hungary.
 
For more info about Mandrini go to:
www.facebook.com/rominamandriniphotographer
www.instagram.com/rominamandrini
 
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CONVALESCENCE by Susanne Maude
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HIDING BEHIND YELLOW by Susanne Maude
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LOST IN THE HOTEL by Susanne Maude
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Susanne Maude says of her work, "I am originally from a small Finnish town Turku, but currently living in the US close to New York City with my husband and two daughters. My background is in Political Science and Communications, and I only started taking photographs after my first child was born. I shot to document, to remember the moments, the first steps, first everything. Those were the kind of pictures I wanted to have when I couldn’t sleep and was afraid I wouldn’t remember any of it. My documenting grew into a passion when we moved abroad, first to Poland, then to the States.
I am a member of Grryo. My self portrait is part of Photolucida’s group exhibition, The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror, exhibited at LightBox Photographic Gallery (Oregon) and at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Massachusetts).
 
I collect memories, light and shadows, separate frames from life around me using my daughters and myself as characters. My children are my muses, and photography is my way of studying and documenting how they grow up, their continual metamorphosis into young adults, how I am aging at the same time, the emotions the processes evoke. 
Photography makes room for magic. My girls stand and act in my frames as themselves but also as fictional characters. They are full of wonder, living in a world that is not restricted by the rules and schedules of our everyday life. A world that still has magic in it.
Photography lets me imagine how it would feel to be a little girl in a big hotel, talking with the afternoon sun. Or a girl who hides behind the curtains and decides to stay there, in a world of all yellow. It reminds me how it felt to be small and sick and stay at home with my mother, how she fed me frozen lemonade with a spoon, sat next to me on a couch.

Photography allows me to play, to be more like a child again."

Contact Maude at: susanne.maude@gmail.com
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DISHONEST by Taly Oehler
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Taly Oehler says of her work, "Monkey Story explores the ways in which childhood is influenced by its immediate culture; the things that surround the child are the things that become the child. I use children’s toys to play up the connection between the innocence of a child’s forming brain and our constant influence on the development of their ideologies and understanding of the world around them. Unconsciously, the child incorporates our definitions of what is normal and acceptable. Ultimately, the process of being raised is one of monkey see, monkey doesn't really understand, but does anyway. So what are we, as a culture, instilling in our children?"

Using her background in psychology, Taly Oehler (ay ' ler) works with visual art to cultivate a questioning environment in which we are free to challenge status quo definitions of reality. Taly Oehler uses her camera to continually answer the question of how can she, honestly and respectfully, encapsulate a moment?
 
Taly Oehler is a photographer and writer. She obtained a Masters of Science in Psychology from Cal State University, Los Angeles, CA. Her images have been exhibited in various group shows throughout Los Angeles, CA, including the Duncan Miller Gallery, XIX Studios, Zen Studios, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, and LA Music Center. Her artwork has also been awarded the Director’s Honorable Mention at the Center of Fine Art Photography, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Taly Oehler’s art and writings have been published in various online and print magazines, including LensCulture, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, The Tolucan Times, Prompt Literary Magazine, and Half Baked Journal. 
 
For more info about Oehler go to:
www.talyoehler.com
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SINCERITY by Taly Oehler
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WOMAN by Taly Oehler
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BEAUTIFUL BETTY by Trix Rosen
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DOLL NIGHT LIGHT by Trix Rosen
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THOUGHTFUL EYES FANCIFUL DREAMS by Trix Rosen
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Rosen says of her work, "‘Thoughtful Eyes, Fanciful Dreams’ suggests the narrative arc of childhood -- capturing past, recording present and projecting into the future. The young girl, cocoon-wrapped in a feathered cape, appears like a chrysalis emerging in the moment of becoming. Her wide-eye gaze draws the viewer into the enigma of childhood dreams.  ‘Thoughtful Eyes, Fanciful Dreams’ reflects not just the fleetingness of memory, but the evanescence of childhood itself."

Born in Brooklyn New York, Trix Rosen is a photojournalist and fine art photographer whose work is driven by a life-long desire to make a difference through projects that address vital social justice issues and have a positive and transformative effect on the world. 

During 2014-2015 her photographs have been represented in national and international exhibitions including the5th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece; the Hebrew Union College - JIR Museum, the Ceres Gallery and the NAWA Gallery in New York City; the Reece Museum in TN; the Sherwin Miller Museum in OK and the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University in NJ. In 2012 and 2013 her work was featured in thirteen group exhibitions  and two museum shows, including the Hebrew Union College Museum in NYC and the Kepco Gallery Museum in Seoul, Korea. 

In the eighteen years that she has been photographing the French performance artist, Fréderic Koenig, she’s produced documentary and fictional images that explore a gender fluid, queer identity and the possibility that we each hold a myriad of alternative selves within us. The images in her HE/SHE portfolio blur the boundaries dividing humanity into male and female sexes based solely on anatomy, hormones or chromosomal attributes and redefine the concept of masculinity, femininity and ambiguous gender identity.

Portraits of her female friends chronicle the birth of the gay liberation movement in New York City, and redefine the representation of women. In 1883 Rosen photographed women bodybuilders working out in gyms and in her studio, and published the collection along with her text in ‘Strong and Sexy, the New Body Beautiful,’ (Delilah 1982) one of the first books to chronicle the emerging wave of women bodybuilders.
After leaving her job photographing stories that were aired as photo-essays on WNBC-TV Live at Five and News4NY in New York City, Rosen travelled to many countries in Asia. She focused on assignments in the Philippines, where she lived and worked between 1984 and 2013. She wrote a feature story about her work JOURNEYS THROUGH TIME, A Kalinga Village Through the Lens of a Photojournalist 1986-2013, that was published in BluPrint DesignMagazine, Dec ember 2013. Her photo-essays have been featured in many international magazines including a 10-page spread in ASIAWEEK. One of the highlights of her photojournalist career was photographing Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1994 when she was briefly released from house arrest in Burma. Urban Stories, a 30-minute documentary produced by Documentary Japan Inc. in 1997, profiled Rosen’s life and art, and was broadcast in Asia.

Her New York/ New Jersey- based company, Trix Rosen Photography Ltd, specializes in photographing architectural restoration and historic preservation projects for the Library of Congress, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), city agencies and architectural firms.

After working as a senior trainer, editor and international advisor to the award-winning In SIGHT OUT! Creative Workshop and Cultural Exchange Program based in Bangkok, Thailand, Rosen brought the program to US in 2009.  She developed the INSIGHT OUT! Digital Storytelling Workshops (www.insightout-digital-storytelling-workshops.com) and recently taught an environmental workshop to teens in Jersey City, culminating in two gallery shows: Through an Open Gate: JC Reservoir #3. She has also taught the photography storytelling project to teenagers in the Bronx NY at the Next Generation Center, to gay, lesbian and transgender participant s at the Hudson Pride Connections Center in Jersey City NJ, and to indigenous youth in the northern Philippines.

For more info about Rosen go to:
www.trixrosen.com
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CHILDSCAPES by Troy Colby
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Troy was born and raised in a small rural farming community. Living in rural America has been the backdrop and setting that have helped Troy refine his vision.  In the past few years he has chosen to work with his son in creating handcrafted worlds. Together they have found a love of recreating dreams and haunting emotions.

Troy holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is currently working on his MFA. His work has been seen in Black and White Magazine, Plates to Pixels, F-Stop, Adore Noir Magazine and is a 2015 Critical Mass finalist; along with galleries from Miami to Portland.

He has received the following awards:
2015, Critical Mass, Finalist
2014, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury VT. Directors Choice
2014, PhotoSynthesis, Gallery 136 1/5 Manchester, CT.  3rd Place
2014, NYC4P New York, NY. 3rd Place
2014, Mpls Photo Center-Minneapolis, MN. Honorable Mention
2013, Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Honorable Mention
2011, Black & White Color Magazine. Bronze Award
2011 Ron Howards Imagination Project, , Semi Finalist
2011, RoHo Gallery Cincinnati, OH. 1st prize
2011, Point of View 2011, RoHo Gallery. Merit Award
 
For more info about Colby go to:
www.TroyColby.com
 
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THAT MOMENT by Troy Colby
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WORN by Troy Colby
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