Drips, drops, droplets and ripples are all part of this photographer’s day. The divine art of the splash has been one of Portland resident Martin Waugh’s favorite pastimes since 2002. He claims he’s obsessed with creating high-speed photographs of drops and splashes, and is constantly exploring and inventing new techniques to wow viewers.
When, in 1941, the ill-fated fighter pilot/poet John Gillespie Magee wrote, High Flight, his familiar ode to the joys of flight (“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…”), he was clearly on a different page than another celebrated airborne artist who would follow some 50 years later.
Most of Huntington Witherill’s formal photographic education came through participation in workshops. In looking at his inventive fine art work, it’s clear that Witherill has drawn on a plethora of influences and valuable insights from established, well known and respected practitioners of the art.
Mitch Dobrowner had his, as he describes it, Woody Allen moment at Photo LA. In Allen’s movie Annie Hall, upon hearing a pseudo-intellectual discuss filmmakers, Allen breaks the fourth wall and talks to the audience directly. While Dobrowner’s work was being displayed at Photo LA, he overheard a couple discussing one of his photographs and describing the Photoshop work involved in the final composite.
Sitting across the table in a muted Hawaiian shirt, close-trimmed beard
and wire-rimmed glasses, Kevin Osborn looks like a quirky high school
science teacher. The vibrant crystalline structures in his most recent
series of photographs, “Crystal Melts,” where Osborn used meticulous
scientific methods to create stunning imagery, more than reinforces
this impression, as does the way his eyes light up as he starts to
discuss his love of the natural world, photography and education.
By the age of 18, with his first Leica camera, Constantine Manos
photographed the life of the residents on Daufuskie
Island, off the
coast of South Carolina. They were descendants of slaves. He also
traveled to Montgomery, AL, to photograph the historic bus boycott
organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and photographed the Ku Klux Klan
burning crosses in a cotton field at night.
Jimmy Williams is a fine art and assignment photographer based in Raleigh, NC. He studied visual design at North Carolina State University, and shortly thereafter, opened an independent studio where he established himself as a successful advertising photographer. Now, more than 30 years later, Jimmy devotes much of his time to personal photography endeavors.
1930s America—The stock market crash of 1929 had spun the country into
a death spiral and 25 percent of the work force was unemployed.
Millions were homeless. Rural areas were decimated as severe droughts
spawned dust storms that ravaged the land. Baked out, blown out and
broke, people drifted aimlessly from place to place, looking for
whatever work they could find, desperate just to stay alive.