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Craig Burrows uses UV light to create fluorescent flowers series


June 2019 issue News

What color will a flower be when it’s photographed under ultraviolet light? That’s part of the intrigue of Craig Burrows’ fluorescent flowers photos series, which is as much a scientific as a photographic endeavor.To make the photos, Burrows first gets the flower into a dark environment—typically a dark room during nighttime hours. “The trick is to remove as much visible light as possible,” he says. “Just like when a white T-shirt lights up blue under a black light, if you use... Continue Reading >

Michael Schwan documents the beauty of dilapidated buildings


May 2019 issue News

For Freiberg, Germany-based photographer Michael Schwan,  exploring abandoned homes and buildings is like searching for hidden treasure. His personal project and series “The Beauty of Decay” chronicles the lovely chaos of lost structures. Finding abandoned places: It’s not so easy, he says. He gets tips from colleagues and lucks upon places through Google, newspapers, old postcards, and books. Sometimes he spots an abandoned place coincidentally. “Keep your eyes open when driving and... Continue Reading >

Tawny Chatmon finds fulfillment in driving cultural change


April 2019 issue Profiles

Change Agent“My heart wasn’t in it anymore.” That’s how Tawny Chatmon remembers feeling about her commercial photography career after her father died. Sitting in her spacious studio, the basement  of her Upper Marlboro, Maryland, home, she chokes back a tear as she remembers the self-selected assignment that changed her life.“After my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he and my mother moved in with us here while he was being treated. I decided to chronicle his treatment... Continue Reading >

John and Coleen Graybill revisit an ancestor’s passion project


April 2019 issue Profiles

Mary Lou Slaughter was a schoolgirl in Seattle when her teacher mentioned a photograph of Mary Lou and her Native American grandmother that was displayed at the county fair. Learning of her heritage, classmates of Mary Lou subjected her to name-calling, spittle, and bullying for being a “dirty old Indian.” Slaughter shunned her heritage until, at 50, she witnessed her son’s talent for wood carving. Embracing her indigenous background, Slaughter became a master basket weaver. Now 80 years... Continue Reading >

Pete McBride’s epic photographic journeys


December 2018 issue Profiles

Documenting the Colorado River and the Grand CanyonLike most people who grew up in the Western United States, native Coloradan Pete McBride is acutely aware of water. From Colorado to California, life and lifestyle have been shaped by this ever-diminishing resource that provides the lifeblood to communities carved out of the desert, nourishment for farms bullied up from the arid ground, and catalyst for legal disputes between cities, states, and nations. Yet water remains something most... Continue Reading >

Photo series captures beauty of fragments


11.25.2018 News

The secret to Kristen Meyer’s graphically pleasing work? “I am really meticulous,” she says. “Many of my pictures could come together much quicker, but I spend a great deal of time refining the details.” To establish clean lines, she often draws a light pencil guideline, which she later erases. She and her husband, Colin, work together on the images: She styles the look, he shoots with a Nikon D700, and they both edit. They prefer natural light, occasionally with fill, and use... Continue Reading >

Mirrored: Photo series reveals contrasting views


11.25.2018 News

“No cheating,” says Sebastian Magnani of his series “Reflections,” in which the same round mirror is positioned in various environments to reflect different views. What was reflected in real life is what was captured in the photo, he notes—no editing. “I was many times overwhelmed,” he says.INSPIRATION: The concept for the series sprang to mind when Magnani’s girlfriend was holding a mirror. “I was so impressed by the big contrast between the reflecting light (the sky from... Continue Reading >
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