Jiabao Sun

"I enjoy the silence and appreciate the rich thoughts that being alone brings to me. At the same time, I deal with ambiguous and incomprehensible darkness hidden deep in my heart. The project aims to visualize my inner dialogues and thoughts, which are sensitive, fragile, and dark."

Until We Meet Again - Poetry 8.3 x 5.8 in.

Jiabao (Bonnie) Sun was born in Hangzhou, China, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Master of Fine Arts degree recipient in photography from Savannah College of Arts and Design in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jiabao’s works often explore time and self-development using photography and poetry. She also works in diverse mediums, including alternative photographic processes, collage, and painting. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and was recently nominated by the 7th Fine Art Photography Awards. 

Two Flowers - Photograph 33 x 22 in.
Feeling Lost - Photograph 4.5 x 3 in.
Peak II - Photograph 33 x 22 in.
Melting Away - Photograph 15 x 12 in.

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Reflective Photography

"I see my work with reflections as a study of motion and light. My goal is to capture a feeling of a moment in time, communicating universal aspects of humanness and to bring a little light and peace into a rather complicated world."

Whispers - Digital photograph

"In 1995 I had the opportunity to study in Ireland for a year. Of course, I took a camera, but only with the intention of memorializing my adventure. It was a basic camera, one I would not miss if it ever got lost or stolen, but I soon found myself fully dependent upon its presence and longing for it whenever I left it behind. I began experimenting with composition, as well as exposure times and lighting. I became more and more adventurous with not only the style of photography but also the means to get “the shot”. It was an amazing experience and I returned home with a newfound passion. From that time forward, I have worked to master the art of image taking and discover my voice."

Hosta Bloom - Digital photograph
Yellow Pansies - Digital photograph
Yellow Water Iris - Digital photograph
Purple Hydrangeas - Digital photograph

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Kate Turning

"I aspire to incite a sense of awe in my work. To portray that transformational moment when the energy all around us is magnified, and our world becomes larger than life. To celebrate the archetype of The Hero in all its myriad forms."

Ancient and Still - Photographic print on ash birch panel 40 x 48 in.

Among Kate's major influences have been her deep love of painting in all its forms from the Old Masters to Pop Surrealism and the works of Joseph Campbell and his idea of 'The Hero.' She looks to incite a transformational moment in directing her subjects and strives to magnify the larger-than-life aspects whenever directing motion or creating individual images. Kate Turning is a hands-on creator and a fantastic collaborator with a great sense of humor; and believes that visual artists have a huge responsibility to create positive symbols that carry our human spirit forward.

Assignments and fine art projects have taken Kate as far afield as Tahiti, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Europe and Saudi Arabia. She has created unique and lyrical imagery for clients from pop stars to major consumer ad campaigns. Kate is a graduate of Art Center College of Design. She presently divides her time between New York, Los Angeles and her fortress of solitude deep in Mexico.

A Beautiful Day - Photographic print on birch panel 32 x 40 in.
Shards of Time - Photographic print on birch panel 32 x 40 in.
Romance - Photographic print on birch panel 32 x 40 in.
Secret World - Photographic print on birch panel 32 x 40 in.

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Kirstine Mengel

Photography and space are opposites. Representing a three-dimensional space in two-dimensional photography – for the sake of the space – is mind-bending. When you think about it. And that is exactly what triggers Kirstine Mengel as a photographer and artist.

Stairs of wonder 03

Kirstine Mengel, born in 1873, is an award-winning Danish architectural photographer specializing in creating space and capturing the lines in architecture, art and design.

"My photographic style is influenced by visual calmness and purity, light and minimalism. I tell a visual story through the space I create in my photos; striving to generate visual calmness and sense of space. My eye for minimalism makes me perpetually strive for calmness in each image."

Stairs of wonder 05
Stairs of wonder 01
Stairs of wonder 04
Stairs of wonder 02

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Mildred

Born 1957, Hong Kong

Lives in: Hong Kong

Describe your art in 3 words: Moody, Fusion, Freestyle

Dancer

"Photography is about deduction, so my work is about simplicity without boundaries. My contemporary photography is to create with modern ideas and methods with the latest tools."

What themes does your work involve?
Nature, freestyle, creativity
Describe your creative process.
Identify the theme first, then decide the locations. Visit each location and start creating. That may take months or years. Further editing and color processing before sharing the works to public.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Viewing other people works can inspire my creation. I enjoy the process of creating arts no matter it is sellable or not.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Simple but meaningful, inspiring thoughts. Represents the characteristics of the artist.
What is the role of the artist today?
Not only inspiring creativity but also enable harmony and peaceful mind.

 


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Jeremy Bach

"Photography allows me to bring my artistic vision to life quicker than some of my other endeavors such as painting. A photograph is a tangible record of my imagination, it's like looking at a snapshot of my dreams. This is what keeps me coming back to photography over and over again."

Dinner Guest - Digital photograph 16 x 20 in.

“In the last several years, I've exhibited at such galleries as PH21 in Budapest Hungary, Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece and the former Los Angeles center for digital art in the United States. Have placed in numerous international competitions with some of the most recent being the Monovisions Awards 2020 and the Fine Art Photography Awards for 2020."

Pulling Away - Digital photograph 16 x 20 in.
The Window - Digital photograph 16 x 20 in.
Broken Down - Digital photograph 16 x 20 in.
Walking Away - Digital photograph 16 x 20 in.

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Dan McCormack

"I earned my MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1969. My thesis was on photographic Grids of nudes that were based on mathematical Set Theory. I have continued for over fifty years exploring various cameras, techniques and processes while continuing with the nude."

Lenoir_R_06-25-2020--958 - Cell phone camera - 20 x 16 in.

Dan McCormack studied Photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago Next, he earned an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began photographing the nude with Wendy, his wife while in graduate school. Then for over fifty years, he explored various techniques and processes while photographing the nude as a central theme. In 1982, Dan McCormack won an NYSCA-CAPS Photography Fellowship with a series of infrared nude images made of Wendy. With that series, he produced a monograph, "BODY LIGHT-Passages in a Relationship" in 1989.   

In 1998 Dan began to work with pinhole camera photography. In 2009, he won the Ultimate Eye Foundation’s grant for Figurative Photography and had his work featured in an exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, CA.

In January 2010, Dan McCormack had a solo show at the Photography Center of the Capitol District in Troy, NY. He showed over fifty images from ten diverse series made from 1990 to 2010. I

Dan was one of the three founders of the Center for Photography in Woodstock in 1975 and in 1989 he was a founding member of Gallery 3 in Philadelphia, PA.

Helen_W_03-04-16--07 - Pinhole Camera 20 x 16 in.

GRID-SHADOWS-FINGERS_Lenoir_R_11-20-20 - Cell phone camera - 3 x 3 Grid

Lenoir_R_01-09-20--5235 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.

Lenoir_R_06-28-20--3814 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_05-21-21--3644 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_02-12-21--4441 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_01-15-21--3230 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
GRID-Pearls-Shadows_Lenoir_R_02-21-20 - Cell Phone camera -4 x 3 Grid
Vera_J_3-11-16--01AB - Pinhole Camera 20 x 16 in.
Lenoir+R+10-26-19--0638 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_12-06-19--3903 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_10-26-19--1744 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_07-11-19--5252 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.
Lenoir_R_07-11-19--4847 - Cell phone photo 11,2 x 8,40 in.

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Aga Szydlik

Aga is a documentary photographer based in the USA whose work focuses mainly on cultural and environmental conservation, heritage sites, indigenous tribes, and rituals. She is passionate about exploring the world and immersing herself in diverse cultural settings.

Namibian Portraits | Himba Tribe - Photograph

Aga is a documentary photographer based in the USA, and her work focuses mainly on documentary photojournalism, conservation, exploration of heritage sites, indigenous tribes, and their rituals. She actively supports human rights and conservation efforts.

Aga’s professional journey begun with fight photography during the time she lived in Thailand. Muay Thai was one of her many passions, and when she was presented with the opportunity to cover Muay Thai fights, she didn’t think twice about it and had the best time of her life doing it. During her life in SE Asia, Aga traveled extensively, had many adventures, and met many fascinating people. Eventually, a few years later, her journey took her to Indonesia and South Africa. Aga’s passion for photography and travel is shared with her passion for science, as she spends most of her time trying to cure people and the planet.

Aga actively supports human rights movements, environmental protection, and various conservation efforts. Aga’s assignments involve both freelance work and collaborations with various NGOs. She believes that photography should be evocative and revolutionary, an artistic expression free of conventions. She aims to portray people she photographs in the most powerful and meaningful way she can achieve while making a difference in the communities she continues to work with.

Namibian Portraits | Himba Tribe - Photograph
Namibian Portraits | Himba Tribe - Photograph
Namibian Portraits | Himba Tribe - Photograph
Namibian Portraits | Himba Tribe - Photograph

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Carlos Abraham

Carlos Abraham studied Photography at the CIF Inauguración Puebla Mex, HCP and ICP, USA. He is in the permanent collection of the National Photo Library of the INAH at the City of Pachuca Mexico and has participated in events in 2017 such as September Photo and 3rd CMUCH Biennial inauguración Mexico.

Love and Friendship - Photograph 16 x 16 in.

Carlos Abraham's work was exhibited in 2017 at the September Photo and 3rd CMUCH Biennial in Mexico and published in APERO Art Catalog April 2021. He received an Honorable Mention in ArtRoom Gallery online "Botanicals" and "Nature" and Merit Award "Animals", Spectrum Brooklyn, New York art fair with artistic excellence in 2021.

Carlos has exhibited at the Chopo University Museum in Mexico City in 2005, where he participated with photographs in cyanotype. He also participated in the Instituto Cultural Arte AC, in the city of Monterrey, and several galleries and museums in Mexico as well as in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of Santiago de Querétaro, in the Instituto Cultural Arte AC of the City of Monterrey, in the CIF of the City of Puebla, and in the National Photo Library of the INAH at the City of Pachuca. In addition, Carlos Abraham has studied at the Houston Center for Photography in Texas, and The International Center of Photography in New York in the United States.

Mourir en rouge - Photograph 16 x 20 in.
The King David - Photograph 16 x 20 in.
Red - Photograph 16 x 20 in.
King of hearts - Photograph 16 x 20 in.

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Walter Hisey

"I have a set of five prophetic cloud photographs that have not been altered in any way. The clouds did not dissipate before I was blessed to get photographs of them. It is now my God-given mission to display them."

Michael Defeats the Dragon - Photograph 11 x 14 in.

“My name Walter "Butch" Hisey. I am an outdoorsman and very aware of my surroundings which makes my photography unique. My father was an artist and I inherited his eye for beauty. I am retired and found photography to be an enriching pastime. I recently started taking photographs of clouds. To my amazement, I saw biblical scenes and characters and found them to be prophetic. I was guided to circle-arts on the internet; this was absolutely God's timing. What better way to share the photos God had given me?

I know it is for his glory, not mine that they be seen by all  I have been into photography a little less than 6 years, with my work being exhibited at the following shows in Virginia; The Shenandoah County Government Building and the Shenandoah County Art Show, SHEN MoCA, 7 East Gallery as Artist of the month, and the Government Art Show in McLean, VA. Competitions outside Virginia to include,: I was a finalist in the Art Room Gallery "Skies Art Exhibition"., and recently received a Certificate of Excellence from Circle Arts for Spectrum/Brooklyn Art Fair contest."

Harvest Angel-The Rapture - Photograph 11 x 14 in.
Father Time - Photograph 11 x 14 in.
Jesus will appear in clouds - Photograph 11 x 14 in.
Woman Clothed With Sunlight - Photograph 11 x 14 in.

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