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TERRA INCOGNITA XXXXI by Will Nourse
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Will Nourse says, "The opportunity to spend time in wild places is increasingly precious in our modern society.

Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, witnessing the power of a storm at the beach, meditating on a sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world take the time to, and are able to, experience.  

While there are an ever-increasing number of photographers, there are far fewer landscape artists who express themselves through photography. As Galen Rowell wrote 'Well-executed photos of familiar scenes predictably fill up months of Sierra Club and Audubon calendar and put bread on the table of the chosen photographer, but the question a dedicated nature photographer should be asking is, “Do I want to be a content provider or a visual artist?”  

Traveling to the wild and returning with images that capture the essence of a place and the emotion that it evokes is what I do as a visual artist. This may be a grand landscape in the mountains, a storm-wracked shore or a peaceful sunset over a lake, but in each image distilling that essence and communicating it to the viewer is my objective. I am often drawn as well, to strong, graphic elements in natural images, capturing line, color or texture in natural scenes – this may be in the fractal nature of mountain shapes, newly formed ice on a puddle or contrasting light and shadow on a dune. 

The dunes of the Gobi desert provided a perfect landscape to play with line, value and texture and to experiment with different kinds of images. There are an endless variety of compositions, ranging from the abstract to the dramatic and I was lucky to spend some time there in November 2017. Although I only had a few days to explore, I was amazed by the variety of images that I could create.  Similarly, three trips to Iceland between July 2017 and September 2018 gave me an opportunity to get to know the landscape well, going beyond the iconic shots and seeking out different perspectives of otherwise familiar places.

Part of the challenge and reward of photography is capturing that ephemeral moment and sharing the experience with the viewer. In landscape and nature photography, that might be first light on a mountainside, the patterns of foam on water or the layering of clouds over a landscape, but the intent is the same as that of a portrait or even a travel snapshot: ‘this is what I saw and how I felt – experience it with me."

Will Nourse is a landscape photographer known for his use of color and texture to bring his outdoor experiences to life.

He has been an avid photographer for almost twenty years, and his work reflects a lifetime of hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing and sailing, all of which have given him a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. 

He was recently a featured artist in the exhibition ‘Expeditions: From Iceland to the Gobi’ at the Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport, MA.

He has exhibited in juried shows at the Cambridge Art Association, the Newburyport Art Association (NAA), 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and various online galleries. 

Recently, he exhibited in the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show (2017), his image ‘Seljalandsfoss #2’ was selected as Best in Show for Photography in the NAA’s 20th Annual Regional Juried Show (2017) and his photo ‘Vestrahorn #1’ won the Newburyport Development Award for Work in Photography in the NAA’s 2016 Fall Member’s Juried Show Part II.

Career Highlights:

Started showing work in January 2014.  Work has appeared in more than 30 juried shows and competitions since then.

First solo exhibition in July 2017 - 'Moods and Motion: Exploring the Icelandic Landscape'

Featured artist in the exhibition 'Expeditions: From Iceland to the Gobi' - Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport, MA (February 2018).

He currently resides in Amesbury, MA with his wife, daughter, two Wheaten Terriers and two cats.

His work can be found online at www.willnourse.photography and at Instagram.com/wnourse.photo
 
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TERRA INCOGNITA VII by Will Nourse
HONORABLE MENTION
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ICELANDIC ZEN by Will Nourse
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UNTITLED 001 by Vincent Doria
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The selected images are from the series "Pathos" by Vincent D'Oria. This body of work explores the artists struggle with depression and anxiety. 

Recent life changes and the passing of his father have challenged Vincent to find peace with his self. The poetic imagery found in nature allows for an exploration of inner peace and serenity. All images Untitled from the series "Pathos"
    
The prints are made using the gum bichromate process, where each color is printed separately with an emulsion made of watercolor pigments, gum arabic and a bichromate sensitizer. This speaks to the artists constant need to de-construct and re-construct.

Vincent grew up in Queens, NY. An evident artist from an early age, Vincent started exploring photography in High School where he participated as the photo editor for the school newspaper. Vincent currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

www.vincentdoria.com
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UNTITLED 002 by Vincent Doria
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UNTITLED 003 by Vincent Doria
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VERDANT by Tara McDermott
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Tara McDermott says, "Tara McDermott’s work stems from a love and obsession with the natural world.

Using film-based medium-format cameras, her images are a response to her environment; when photographing she wanders and lets the landscape speak. The underlying themes of her work are bright, vibrant colors paired with simple and spare compositions. She loves finding the beauty and romance in simple things and quiet places.

She uses the camera to isolate particular details and to heighten their importance while exploring ideas of beauty and fantasy in the natural world."

Tara McDermott holds a BFA in photography from the University of Washington and exhibits at the Columbia City Gallery in South Seattle. Originally born in Long Island, NY, she has lived more than half her life in Seattle, trading one coastline for another.

After a 5-year hiatus, she returned with a renewed dedication to art making in 2014. She has since transitioned from straight photography to incorporating encaustic and other media and by using layered film collaged imagery. Her practice moved to Seattle's historic Inscape Arts Building in 2016. She describes her work as an attempt to create emotive portraits of places, both real and imaginary.

Tara has been photographing almost exclusively with the same camera and lens for the last 15 years, a vintage film-based Hasselblad medium-format camera and a wide-angle lens.

Career Highlights include: Solo and group exhibitions including the Koch Gallery (Vashon Island, WA), Moses Lake Art Museum (Moses Lake, WA), Globe Gallery (Seattle, WA), and most recently at the Chase Gallery (Spokane, WA). She was a finalist in Critical Mass 2007. Her public art can be seen on several King County Metro Bus Shelters and is included in the collections of Swedish Hospital and Group Health.

www.taramcdermott.com
Instagram: @tazarat

McDermott says of her image, 'VERDANT', "This image is from my 'Coenosium' series, where I re-imagine how plants interact with each other. If they could choose to connect on a conscious level, rather than on instinct, what would that look like? What would they yearn for? How would they relate to one another?"



 
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POPPY CAPSULES by Tara McDermott
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McDermott says of 'POPPY CAPSULES' - This image is from my 'Botanicals' series, taken while rambling around Seattle. While it was originally intended as raw material for a series of collaged and manipulated photo encaustic mixed media pieces, I found that some images were so strong they needed to stand alone. I've included the edge of the frame to help define and contain it."
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PHORMIUM 'FLAMINGO' by Tara McDermott
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McDermott says of her Image: PHORMIUM 'FLAMINGO'- "This image is from my 'Botanicals' series, taken while rambling around Seattle. While it was originally intended as raw material for a series of collaged and manipulated photo encaustic mixed media pieces, I found that some images were so strong they needed to stand alone. I've included the edge of the frame to help define and contain it."
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SALIX ALAXENSIS by Sarah Manriquez
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Sarah Manriquez says, "A good friend once told me that every flower must break through layers upon layers of dirt before it can bloom.

In the North, we spend a great deal of the winter months in darkness. The reemergence of sunlight as we make our way out of winter months and move forward towards summer is a big deal. I made these images during the winter in Alaska as a way to help me deal with my mother's diagnosis of lymphoma. 

“Bloom” is about the journey of courage, strength and persistence even through the darkest of times.  

I was interested in working with the body as a canvas and creating the illusion that the body had images painted or projected onto the skin.

The poses showcase the upward movement of energy, similar to a flower breaking through the ground in the spring. Each image is titled with the Latin name of the flower or plant that is encasing the body, many of which are native to or were photographed in Alaska.

This series is ongoing."

Sarah is an art major with a concentration in photography and is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Born in Carson City, NV and raised in Honduras on the island of Roatán- traveling, culture and language have been a large part of  her life.

www.sarahmanriquez.com/
 
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MERTENSIA OBLONGIFOLIA by Sarah Manriquez
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ACHILEA BOREALIS by Sarah Manriquez
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THE RENDEZVOUS by SameSource
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SameSource is a photographic artist with over two decades of professional experience recording images. 

SameSource fine art photography spans both landscape and bodyscape, often exploring human sexuality and its relationship with art.  With recent showings from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, to Art Basel, Miami Beach, SameSource was recognized in the international Lumiere Award for 2017.  

Coagula Gallery in Los Angeles included SameSource in its Ten Top Artists exhibition for 2016 in a show curated by Tulsa Kinney of Artillery Magazine.  SameSource work has been featured in The Huffington Post and American Photo magazine, and SameSource has twice been profiled by Silvershotz International Magazine of Contemporary Photography for the Apples and Apples Reinterpreted series, and is one of 25 international artists featured in the magazine’s 2017 Folio of Fine Art Photography (ISBN: 9781642049985).  

SameSource was one of thirty international photographers in the Los Angeles Festival of Photography’s 2017 exhibition on street photography at Fathom Gallery.  In addition to being featured in numerous photography books, SameSource is the author of four fine art photography books, Objects of Ruin (ISBN: 9781320134194), Apples (ISBN: 9781366155986), Apples Reinterpreted (ISBN: 9781366155856), and The Green Dress (ISBN: 9781388795016).  SameSource has origins in the rural Midwest. 

After studying music and philosophy in a liberal arts education, the artist went to Italy and became immersed in the works of the Renaissance.

A return to the US brought the pursuit of graduate work in music and cinema, with an eventual arrival on the west coast via the USC film school. In addition to the full-time pursuit of photographic fine art, SameSource output has included notable works as a recording artist, writer, and filmmaker. 

SameSource is represented by Fabrik Projects. 

For art inquiries, visit FabrikProjects.com.

Learn more at SameSourceFineArt.com and follow SameSource on Facebook, Instagram, & Vero; SameSourcePhoto on Twitter.
 
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BLUE WINDOW by SameSource
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AFTERTHOUGHTS by SameSource
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WINTER ARRIVES by Rich Vogel
West Parish Pond, Andover, Massachusetts
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HONORABLE MENTION

Rich Vogel says, "To find inner peace, I look outward. 

Making photographs of nature and landscapes takes me out of myself and helps me focus on things that are bigger than me. 

I can stare at the landscape and not worry about whether it will object or what it thinks of me.  I stop being conscious of myself and become conscious of the world around me. 

I try to capture things like the stillness of the first ice and snow of winter, how water can appear black and reflect the light, and the way a very large array of giant dishes on an even larger plain below a magnificent big sky suggests the unimaginable expanses in time and space through which they listen.  For me, such images suggest a sense of time beyond my life, and I find peace in that.

I use mostly black and white film in medium and large format to take my time and capture detail and to concentrate on variations and balance of tone, contrast and composition. 

I develop and print the negatives using traditional darkroom processes, partly to concentrate more on the images and tones, but mostly because I’m tired of sitting in front of a computer and enjoy the process, working with my hands.

Travel for work and the iPhone revived my interest in photography.  After a brief fling with digital photography, I fell in love with film and darkroom processes. 

After retiring from a career in software, I TA at the New England School of Photography, struggle in the darkroom, wander the woods north of Boston and travel under the big skies out West every summer."

www.flickr.com/people/rmlvogel/
Rmlv42@gmail.com
 
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DEPTH OF FIELD by Rich Vogel
Very Large Array, New Mexico
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DARK WATER by Rich Vogel
Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida
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OUT OF THE FOG by Phillipa Bloom
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Phillipa Bloom says, "Once asked to sum up my photographic practice, I offered ‘You see how I feel’, which goes some way to ascribing the emotional and intellectual response I have when making my images.

Primarily focussed on people and place, the work - whilst made in the spirit of the documentary tradition - is also somewhat other-worldly and conceptual with an oblique eye on the quiet moments of interaction between society and our environments. 

More than this, however, lies the history of a peripatetic childhood moving often from one exotic location to another across Africa and Asia which has left me with a nomad’s desire both to arrive and to depart, constantly seeking and bringing new meaning to the concept of home. It is this dichotomy which sits at the core of my photographic practice. 

The three images included here, perhaps more than most, personify my desire for a sense of comfort, stability and groundedness. And yet at the same time also my conflicting need to unsettle, release and escape. Without these equal and opposite notions, I believe, true Serenity is unattainable."

Phillipa is a journalist turned photographer living and working in Hong Kong. She is self-taught and continues to work across the globe with whatever camera she has to hand. 

As well as commercial work on lifestyle, interiors and art gallery projects, Phillipa continues to grow her personal photography practice.

She successfully sells her photographs worldwide and exhibits in Hong Kong. She was recently included in the Don’t Smile online exhibition curated by Davida Carta; and has been shortlisted for the Royal Academy Of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018. This year she plans to start her MA in Photography. 

Highlights: 
Inclusion in the Don’t Smile Photo online Exhibition 2018 ; short-listed for the Royal Academy Of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018 

www.phillipabloomphotographs.com

www.instagram.com/phillipa.bloom
 
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HOME by Phillipa Bloom
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BONDI BOULDER by Phillipa Bloom
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LAKE MALAREN by Missy Gaido Allen
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Missy Gaido Allen says, "I live an incredibly chaotic life--I have moved cross-country or internationally 12 times in 15 years--and it creates an tremendous amount of disruption and stress every time.

So, what I do in order to have a modicum of control and sense of peace my life, is photograph the place where I currently reside.

While living in Stockholm, I spent my days walking, walking, walking as much and as many of the 25000 islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago as possible. When my kids started school, we were told on the first day that “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” I took this to heart and went out in all weather to photograph.

My use of selective focus is two-fold: first, I wish for the viewer to slow down and spend time with the work. I used a Hasselblad 501 C as a handheld camera to create these works, fitted with a 40 mm lens and a digital back (which, coincidentally, broke at the completion of this series--apparently it chose to die in Sweden), so these images were time-consuming and difficult to create.

I hope to engage interest by not giving a complete set of instructions for the visual experience, creating a puzzle for the viewer's brain to solve. Second is more physiological--I have limited vision in one eye, so I literally see the world differently than someone with two equally functioning eyes. My visual cues for depth in particular are probably quite different from "normal."

I am looking for peace and calm in my images, as well as an understanding of whatever place I find myself in. I do not have it in my life, so I need to have it in my art. I am interested in creating a sense of peace and conveying calm with this series.

These images are from a series titled “Islands of Stability,” and they were shot during the time that I lived with my family in Stockholm, Sweden."

Born in Houston, Texas in 1968, Allen studied Studio Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and at Trinity College in Rome, Italy. She also attended the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Alfred C. Glassell School for photography. Allen earned a Master’s in Art History from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa. Her work can be found at Koelsch Gallery in Houston, Texas, Photo-eye Gallery's online Art Photo Index, and at www.argusgallery.com. She was an Artist-in-Residence for the National Parks Service in 2012. Allen’s photography has been displayed in conjunction with FotoFest ‘98, FotoFest 2000, and FotoFest 2016, and select images have been licensed by Kodak, Sony, and Hasselblad. 

After 20 years of being a nomad, living (multiple times) in Iowa, New Mexico and Sweden, Allen currently lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not out shooting pictures, she manages an online ophthalmology education website and volunteers as a Master Gardener.

www.argusgallery.com
 
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HELLASGARDEN by Missy Gaido Allen
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BATHER by Missy Gaido Allen
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MOMENT OF CLARITY by Michael S. Cohen
HONORABLE MENTION
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Michael S Cohen says, "I have always been drawn to moments of serenity. 

I find that a place and moment of serenity can instantly transport me away from any and all of the stressors of daily living and, while it seems trite to say it, I safeguard those moments for myself and those I love.  Still photography is the perfect medium for those moments of, well, stillness. 

Even the act of appreciating a moment and the methodical process of setting up the tripod and framing the image is contributory to the serenity I have encountered and seek to capture.  And, while serenity is not always quiet, it quiets the mind as nothing else can."

Michael was born and raised in the Boston area and still lives there…some of the time. 

His camera has taken him to some of the most photogenic spots on the globe and he is as likely to be found in an airport lounge as his living room. 

Michael’s first real photographic experience was through the lens of a Minolta SRT-101 where he learned photography as a journalist and a darkroom rat.  That early work of capturing a moment influences his style today.  His images have won numerous awards, are shown in galleries and hang in homes across
the country. 

In the advertising world for 35 years, his work is now making images and doting on grandchildren. 

Michael enjoys imparting what he’s learned to others.  He conducts workshops and seminars in photographic technique and has been told he can make the exposure triangle actually understandable.

He enjoys photographing with others as the creative energies are strengthened through shared experiences.

He says, “The bottom line is, I love to shoot.  Whether it’s around the corner or around the world there are photographs to be made everywhere.  The camera is a great introduction to the people I meet and it breaks down any language barrier almost instantly. 

Beautiful scenes of nature can be captured; precious moments frozen in time.  We all move through our space in the world so fast that we miss some of the most miraculous moment around us. 
The camera slows me down.  It encourages observation.  And when I’m lucky, I get to be in the right place at the right time to capture that sliver of a moment through the lens.  For me, photography is the never ending search for those slivers.”

A highlight of my career happens every time one of my images resonates with a viewer.  I seek nothing more than that connection.

www.MSCPix.com

Image: 'MOMENT OF CLARITY'-

Late in the day after cruising up the Damariscotta River in Maine, with the anchor firmly set and afternoon light ebbing, the fog began to emerge obscuring the horizon forming an infinity view of the water and matched only by the quiet that only the approaching fog can create.
 
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SAND RIVER SOLITARY by Michael S. Cohen
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Image: 'SAND RIVER SOLITARY'-

In Africa, sundown is a special time when the land comes alive with color and life.  But as the heat of the afternoon fades, there is a solitary moment of suspended activity.  For that interlude, the only motion was a solitary fisherman heading home.
 
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