Project Description

July 8th – August 21st, 2021

SUPERFICIAL IMPRESSIONS

Curator

Sophie Bonet

Artistic Advisory Panel

m. denise simmons  |  tabatha mudra

Opening Reception

Thursday, July 15th | 7pm – 9pm

PLEASE RSVP

July 8th – August 21st, 2021

SUPERFICIAL IMPRESSIONS

Curator

Sophie Bonet

Artistic Advisory Panel

m. denise simmons  |  tabatha mudra

Opening Reception

Thursday, July 15th | 7pm – 9pm

PLEASE RSVP

Over the years, we have seen genres and subgenres of photography emerge and innovate, even before being legitimized as an art form. From daguerreotypes to digital, numerous ways of capturing images have been developed, reanalyzed, and redefined. But there is always a further spin to photography as a creative tool to discover and question.

This exhibition aims to promote contemporary works of art from South Florida photographers; thematic or retrospective, in black and white or color, documentary, conceptual or experimental, and overlapping genres, advancing the dialogue about the extensive possibilities of contemporary photography, as well as the role of the artist throughout creative and production processes.

Artists

This body of work showcases individual moments in nature. Moments that showcase the beauty of our world. Each image takes the viewer to a different place, a unique perspective. Inspiring us all to unplug and reconnect to the natural world. 

About the Artist    

Andrew describes his process as relaxing his attention out into the world and capturing what he sees: a moment, a person, a place… Life through his lens, opening up the world and capturing the unexpected. Imbuing the viewer with a sense of appreciation for the natural world and our shared human experience. 

Andrew is a South Florida native. He was inspired to buy a camera after a trip to Yosemite National Park in 2018. He enjoys expressing himself creatively through both photography and poetry. You can often find him on a beach, rising with the sun, embracing the optimism of the new day through his lens. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Anthony Timiraos currently resides in South Florida. He began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant and worked in various financial positions in Hartford, Boston, New York City, and South Florida.    

Before retirement in 2016, Anthony co-founded and became the first Chief Executive Officer and President of Our Fund, a community foundation serving the LGBT community.    

His love for photography began in his early college years. Today, Anthony is known for his focus on the male form, which has led to the creation of a captivating body of work displayed in four books. Somehow, the images are far more than skin deep as the pose and mood he elicits let us glimpse the inner person.    

Currently, Anthony is experimenting with manipulating the subject as the object in startling juxtaposition. Furthermore, his exquisite photographs of people from global travels also bespeak a truly perceptive eye for ambiance and character.    

A man with a cigar in Cuba or a woman with a sari in India looks out at us in universal recognition. He is always striving to capture that moment in time that describes his life, views, and heart in hopes that the viewer feels the same emotion he felt when the photograph was taken.  

About the Artist    

The overly tanned elderly man (The Harpist) with thick white curly hair and facial lines that defines his life experiences embraces his harp on the streets of Quebec, Canada to produce angelic sounds that force the public to stop and stare.  

Chaos in a food market in Mumbai, India at 4:30 am (The Market). Vendors struggle to set up their products with minimal light for the public to purchase. A determined laborer.  

These images portray the lack of freedom women have at night.  

We are conditioned as young girls to not go out alone in the dark or we risk becoming victims of violence.    

An act of violence stays with us our entire lives. We don’t experience the same sense of security men feel at night. There are many nighttime opportunities to photograph and I resort to shooting from the safety inside my car or depend on someone to go with me for security.  

I photographed (never alone) a mannequin that portrays the vulnerable female to create this body of work.  

Some images show the juxtaposition of a woman who may seem to appear cautiously aware, however, in reality, is feeling the anxiety of a potential attack. 

My imperfect mannequin was rescued from a dumpster in an alley and employed as my model. She was damaged, glued back together, and has no arms. I shopped for her clothes in thrift shops and studied areas that felt unsafe for me to be alone.   

About the Artist      

I earned a degree in Fine Art Photography from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, which I attended on a portfolio scholarship.  

I have worked as a professional photographer and exhibited in Ann Arbor, Seattle, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Miami. I have been fortunate to receive numerous awards for my photography and to be published in several magazines and newspapers. During my career, I have been a student of and have been influenced by several notable artists in the industry. 

I differentiate myself from many “point and shoot” photographers by my Fine Arts training, education, and experiences, as well as my technical abilities and critical eye that combine to capture those perfectly composed or candid shots. 

I shoot with Leica equipment and occasionally print in the darkroom. Some prints are then hand-painted with oils and colored pencils.   

I was selected to be a member of the Redmond WA arts commission, a photographer at The Frist Museum of Art in Nashville, TN, and a Fashion and Documentary photographer for Los Angeles Fashion Week. 

Portrait Series 

This series, for me, is about identity. The social structure that we live in, has its standards of beauty and worth. 

Here, I am discussing how the standard of beauty and worth is in hair: its color and texture. The media is filled with several examples of successful and beautiful women.    

They are blond. The desire in wanting to be and look like these models, causes African-American women to change their appearance and negate their natural beauty and unique gifts. 

Even though African-American women try to disguise their true nature, it still comes through. The cornrows symbolize the beauty of the natural texture of African-American hair and are roots of deep and complicated history. They symbolize a path, one that each of us has to make in determining our identity. 

This collection is pulled from two unique series out of Easter Island, Chile, and Angkor Thom, Cambodia. Two epic locations that have been on my radar for personal projects for quite some time which required a great deal of research and planning to accomplish.  

My approach was to invoke a timeless mood with long exposures oftentimes utilizing heavy neutral density filters to slow down my exposure times to 2 minutes during the day.  

This method of shooting forced me to take in these sites and think about my compositions before locking down the camera on a tripod and tripping the shutter.  

These images are just a teaser for my portfolio for these projects.  

About the Artist 

Craig is a professional photographer based in South Florida specializing in architectural and interior photography. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from the University of Albany in New York.  

I choose to see the world differently. 

I have no set parameters for how I choose my subject matter. My subjects find me. I am influenced by the unconventional. My photographs are of everyday items that I encounter throughout my daily life that demand to be captured and seen in a different light.  

They call to me saying, “Look at me! See me.” And then it happens, a thought or emotion will come to mind and a narrative begins to form. Together the two elements start to grow and expand until a fully formed concept is born. There is beauty in everything that surrounds us. My goal is to show people that beauty, and I hope that by doing so they can then see that there are more beautiful and wondrous things in their own life. That life isn’t as hard and the world isn’t as cruel as we’ve been conditioned to believe. That there is joy and wonder in everything. 

My process for creating the final image is pretty straightforward. I capture most of my images with my smartphone as I have it with me at all times and I’ve found that these images come to me at such random times that to carry my camera with me everywhere is just not feasible.  

I will then begin the editing process using basic photo editors that are standard on my phone. I will then move the image over to Lightroom and perform a more detailed edit. Fine-tuning shadows and highlights, deepening the contrast, or adding a blurred line. Very rarely will I use a preset edit. I like to be in control of all aspects of the editing process. Finally, utilizing a social media platform such as Instagram, I will add any final touches I feel are necessary before publishing the final image. 

I believe the purpose of art is to challenge the mind of the viewer to see beyond what they are used to seeing. If I can, through my work, change how just one person sees something then I have done my job as an Artist. 

Searstown Fading (Fort Lauderdale) 

The Sears plaza, locally known as “Searstown” has been in existence since 1955. It’s considered a historical landmark and early on, was dubbed the gateway to Fort Lauderdale. One of the first of its kind, the Sears plaza became the first “strip mall” offering “one-stop” shopping in South Florida.  

Besides Sears, the plaza housed a grocery store, a jewelry shop, a beauty salon, an optometrist, and various other retail stores. The open-air plaza, located at 901 N. Federal Highway is still standing today but lacks the luster and bustle of activity that it once possessed. 

The architectural style of Searstown is considered to be mid-century modern. With particular attention given to the Sears building itself, the plaza is free of ornamentation but is chock full of clean lines, flat planes, and geometric and organic shapes. Since its inception (for the past 66 years), the building’s mid-century modern style has been maintained in its truest form.  

This body of work, titled “Searstown Fading” is a compilation of photos taken over two days in April 2021. All but one photo are elevated perspectives of architectural aspects of the Sears building.  

The photos were taken in the early morning hours, and include blue and golden hours. Before the pandemic, plans had been submitted to convert Searstown into a residential multi-use complex.  

Since the fate of Searstown is currently unknown, I intended to capture the beauty of the Searstown architectural style as it is today.  

  

Erik Boone (°1964, Bridgeport, United States) makes photos and films. Through a radically singular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate, Boone uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you’ve seen them.  

His photos are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of African American middle-class mentality in which recognition plays an important role.  

By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of spiritual experience, he often creates work using creative tactics, but these are never permissive.  

His works are a drawn reflection upon the art of photography itself: thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing, and therefore deeply inscribed in the spirituality and the moment – made present most palpably in the artist’s exploration of some of the most singular parts of life.  

By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of nature, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This person is important as an act of meditation.  

His collected, altered, and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection.  

Erik Boone currently lives and works in Hollywood, Florida. 

This series is the direct result of photo-documenting my two recent separate Transformational Immersive Multimedia Installations created “in situ” for two distinct art exhibitions.  

“Portrait of Ocean Life/Ocean Survival” was created for “Changing Landscapes – Art Interventions for a Planet in Crisis” at Artserve, Fort Lauderdale FL, and “Portrait of My Grandparents Among Courageous Millions was featured in “Diaspora in a Time of Change” at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, in Coral Springs, FL.  

Although the first installation addresses needed ocean conservation for ongoing human/ecological health and the second focuses on immigration by the ocean as a permanent fact in world history – the element in common, namely the Ocean, was created with similar media.  

A wide spectrum of draped, placed textiles including brocade, jacquard, satin, lace, denim, and more, are freely painted with inks, spray paints, and commercial house paints to symbolize the ocean textures, structures, and movements.  

These are carefully placed in folds, puddles, lines, and waves mimicking liquid ocean water. The “Cloth Oceans” installed on floors and walls induce a physical sensation of tidal movement in ocean water, engaging the viewer in visceral and visual experiences.  

Photography is one immediate way to preserve Installation artworks that, by their nature, are physically disassembled at planned conclusions.  

These abstract photographic compositions emerge to become a separate series of organic, abstract ocean images. The aluminum substrate enhances images of luminous reflected light from the clothing ocean surface, as authentic sunlight reflects on rippling ocean water. 

Jill Sneidman first discovered her passion for photography in 1977 while living in San Francisco photographing at the Conservatory of Flowers. Since then Jill has traveled the world photographing incredible scenes along her journey. 

Jill specializes in landscape and nature photography. She has been capturing the life of nature for over 40 years, intending to bring it closer to everyone. “Professional nature photography is a gift; it allows us to bring into a living space an endless moment of peace, light, harmony, beauty, perfection, insight and wisdom.”   

Nature photography is all about the perfect instant, to be there and recognize it as the special moment that can be set in an image. It is to know when a photograph will be worth more than a thousand words because it is portraying life and thus, it comes alive. 

Jill has received many prestigious accolades and merits garnered over the years. She has placed her work in such esteemed places as New York City, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois. She has sold many of her fine art photography pieces to valued collectors over the years. 

Jill continues to chase the elusive “perfect shot” with greater passion than ever before. When asked about her favorite image, Jill replies: 

“I haven’t taken it yet.” 

These images are part of a series called Roentgen’s Dreams. 

Roentgen’s Dreams blend two contradictory, yet traditional imaging techniques used with the human body: reflective photography and penetrative Roentgenology better known as x-rays. 

I am fascinated by the duality of man’s relationship between inner & outer self and have become exceedingly interested in how the human figure interacts with the forms and shapes of Roentgen shadows, and how our polarities are expressed through their visualization. 

Through this exploration, I hope to reconcile such polarities as spiritual/physical; subjective/objective; and life/death. 

Photographer Linsi Taylor explores themes of femininity, sensuality, and womanhood in her work through the use of dramatic studio lighting, vivid colors, and strong textural elements. 

Heavily influenced by films, symbolism, and narrative, her female subjects, and still-life images are presented in a bold and romantic style to give the viewer a sense of nostalgia.  

In her process, she focuses the viewer’s attention on an intimate and balanced framing of the subject to immerse them in the imagery.  

A Stone Cathedral 

“A place where water runs through rocks” is the Dinė, (Navajo) description of Antelope Canyon. 

The Dinė are the caretakers of this sacred land. Their beliefs are based on the link between the soul and the environment. To keep the bond intact, the Dinė have the canyon blessed every four years.  

I stood wondering how I could capture the immensity of this project – its beauty, and holy history. 

I was witnessing the erosion caused by flash flooding over millions of years and realizing that it was so much more. 

Knowing that this was not the beginning nor the end of this ever-evolving natural wonder, I offer a snapshot of what is now. 

About the Artist  

Extensive international travel over the past 10 years has afforded me one-of-a-kind moments when the uniqueness of a place and the right time of day align to present themselves to a watchful eye.                                     

At the same time, a good portion of my work centers around architecture (mostly black and white), using geometry and structure, light and shadow, long exposure, darkening filters, and multipoint perspective to compel the viewer to examine iconic structures as majestic elements of a culture.   

I am largely self-taught and as such bring my perspective to my work. I believe that the photographer is the counterpart to the subject. When both are in sync, the art reveals itself. 

Paul McDermott’s body of work is intended to bring people’s attention away from their thoughts and to connect them with a unique moment. Each image brings your awareness to the time and space continuum and creates an emotional response. You will be captured by what you have not seen; a nuanced detail or place unknown. Perhaps you will see what you know – newly. It’s for you to experience. 

Paul’s work delves into the idea of being present with your experience at any given moment. Just like time, the art’s availability is finite. Each piece is a limited edition of only 10 originals. No more will ever be printed or otherwise recreated. You choose the size and print medium for the image that moves you. 

About the Artist  

Paul depicts the art of the human experience through observation and interaction with the world. He explores the planet to capture simple yet profound moments that leave viewers as if they were there themselves. Transporting the viewer to a specific moment in time provides an opportunity for awareness and presence. 

Paul has been a photographer since the age of 14. His teen years began in photo labs and continued with a pursuit of technical photography skills in college. He has received numerous acknowledgments for his work including the 2020 Silver Award for WPE Photographers International Competition, two National Exhibit Merit Awards from Professional Photographers of America in 2018, two in 2017, two in 2015, and three in 2014.    

He was published internationally in the 2014 Loan Collection Book and earned Two Loan Collection Awards in that competition. Other awards include the 2008 Ocean City Arts Center “Best in Show” award and the 2005 Scholastic Art Awards “Portfolio Gold Key Award.” Paul’s greatest personal artistic honor was replacing Peter Lik’s photography on Lik’s yacht, Stealth after the new owners discovered Paul’s work.  

Paul’s “pandemic pivot” from a successful commercial photography career led to opening a gallery in early 2021. Throughout 2020, while participating in numerous exhibitions, he made the transition to fine art full time and became a resident artist at ArtServe in Ft Lauderdale. In 2021 the Paul is Everywhere Gallery launched within the ArtServe Building. In 2021 Paul has participated in domestic and international exhibitions and has a lineup of shows continuing through the year including a grant project with the Broward County Cultural Division and Miami Spectrum (Miami Art Week with Art Basel). 

I love the sacred opportunity to commune with the divine, transcendent essence of nature. For me, the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness is a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is my passion; photography is my art.  

My approach to photography and life is grounded in my spiritual belief that “we are all one, we are all interconnected.” With each image, it’s always my intent to raise awareness of endangered and threatened species and habitats that we stand to lose in the natural world if we are not careful.  

I desire that viewers are inspired to love, cherish and protect the fragile beauty and wonder that is nature as they reconnect with the soul essence of each of my images.   

About the Artist 

Phoenix established a love of nature as a child during family vacations to national parks. Although she taught film-making and photography early in her career she left them for some twenty years. Returning to photography in the digital age, she developed an exceptional talent and a passion to help protect nature and wildlife.  

Today she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer who is the recipient of two Artist in Residence programs – Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland, two public art grants, eight public art awards, and many prestigious art awards.  

The featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom, her works have been honored in numerous juried exhibits, showcased in 20 solo exhibits, featured in magazines and calendars worldwide, and can be found in private collections internationally.  

Professionally Phoenix is the immediate past president of the National League of American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale Branch, currently serving as the Art and Scholarship Chair, and is a member of the Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale. When not traveling, South Florida’s wetlands and the Everglades, in particular, are her primary photography studio and sanctuary. 

Artistic Approach through art science, and technological 

Painting with moving light is a fascinating experience that explores all the multimedia development processes and much more. (Video, animation, graphics, sculpture, environment, performance, and sound processing, etc.)  

By discovering the surprising effects of the decomposition of light, this phenomenal artistic research of color and light creates a truly moving painting to reproduce all the colors of the solar spectrum. 

About the Artist 

Pierre Pepin (Ph.D.) led a teaching career and International training for educators in visual and media arts in Quebec and abroad through High School, College, and University. Meanwhile, he has given workshops to teachers in art throughout Quebec, at international conferences in the United States in Europe and the Middle East, and recently in India in animation, behind the scenes through his artistic approach. 

Through his research development, He explores diverse techniques: Live drawing, Collage on Silk Paper, Graphic Design, Illustration, Acrylic, Ink, Photography, Virtual Reality Digital Imaging 2D/3D, Animation, Vidéo, Hologram and more… 

His latest scientific approaches combining art science and technology now have merged to sculpt and paint with light. Color is multiplied spontaneously and seized by photography or video with other technical media: design, collage, movement, performance, installation, and technology.  

He has explored the three–dimensional color spectrum through translucency sculptural forms with his digital camera in the movement to animate and create the magic of colors images. With this method, he experiences a very personal way of painting through light.  

“Forgotten Memories” wakes up a strong nostalgia in our minds.   

This nostalgia gives new energy. Then we understand the “New Unknown Movement’s World” exists behind our usual human movements.  

The body is not a tool for expressing a story, the body is a story. Today’s human brain developed through the process of evolution. Our brain keeps memories about all life on earth. So, in our dance movements too, sometimes we can find other strange movements of all life through these memories. 

About the Artists 

Bulent Ince is a photographer who is from Turkey. He studied Painting and Photography in the Fine Arts Department of Dokuz Eylul University. 

Pınar Işık Sinka was born in Izmir, Turkey. She is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the field of Fine Arts and Performance Art in an Avant-Garde base and founder of PI Art Butoh Dance Company. Sinka is a visual artist, curator, Butoh dancer, choreographer.   

Life is Vapor  

“Landscapes In Motherhood” A Photo Journey 

“Life is constantly changing – vapor – if you cling to life —- you’ll be left empty-handed. Step back – watch life rise with the heat —- and it will return to you in the form of rain – and the harvest of life will prevail – like a candle, a flame, to warm hearts and light the way.”  

Motherhood has been an opportunity to reflect, to slow, amid a hurry. To embrace the reality of time, ticking, and find balance. A balance of priorities and values that cultivate healthy growth rather than pursuing perfection. 

I believe parenting reveals the fruit of seeds planted throughout our lives. Words spoken, ideas formed, assumptions made – they form our expectations – as realistic or unrealistic as they may be. 

We take a sequence of steps over our lifetime – often – without a clue as to where they will eventually lead. Relationships, experiences, and thoughts shape us and form who we become and what we achieve. Years later you see “destiny” written all over them and purpose fulfilled.  

“Life’s a Vapor” is inspired by James 4:14 and the book of Ecclesiastes. It is an invitation to remember the fragility of life, and honor each season and breath we are given.  

I began this series of studies before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the photos I am submitting are “Landscapes in Motherhood” where I combine photos of my children in nature, as well as the landscape of motherhood surrounding me – messes, emotions, growing changing, vapor drifting through my hands each day.  

Over some time, I see the growth amid the mess. I see the joy in the midst of the mundane. Pausing, I am challenged to keep perspective as I light a candle, pause, watch the smoke rise, and remember, life is a vapor. 

For more than a year we were forced to become isolated from our friends and family due to the pandemic. Although I continued to work as a home health attendant, I did very little in photography. It did however allow me to go through my extensive collection of work and begin to organize and categorize them. The five photographs I chose for this exhibition reflect the solitude and isolation many of us felt during those difficult times. The one exception is my photograph “Dare to be Different”. This, to me, represents hope for the future as we again begin to socialize and get back to our sense of normalcy. 

About the Artist 

 Richard’s passion for photography started as a young child when he received a Kodak Brownie for Christmas. From Brooklyn, N.Y. his professional photography career has spanned almost 50 years. While attending college in the ’70s, he took a part-time job photographing children & families in their homes. After graduation, he shot for several NY studios before opening his wedding and portrait studio. Then, after 20 successful years, he closed the NY studio & relocated to S. Florida. 

At first, he shot for a few regional magazines, then opened Photo Impression, a gallery/studio on Wilton Drive, which he had for 2 years. Currently, he is a partner in Vision Photography, an exclusive beach portrait business.   

When asked what makes him a good photographer, he responds, “extreme patience, attention to detail, and knowledge of Photoshop”. Although most noted for his portrait work, he has always had a passion for landscape photography. Viola has won numerous awards for his photographs and has had several of his images published. He has been a board member of ArtsUnited for over 4 years and loves to travel. 

Surviving a Spouse and Your Best Friend 

Reclusive, elusive, and being evasive in conversations doesn’t make it simpler when you are the survivor. The one left behind. Was it easier to be the one who has left or the one that has been left behind? 

 There are many questions in life. Those questions no matter how many times they are being asked never seem to have an answer. Like a telephone call when no one is there or a breeze or the feeling of a tap on the shoulder and you realize it was nothing but a leaf falling from a tree as you walked by. 

 The beach, the endless sand, and the perpetuity of the ocean offer an understanding as it only comes through in waves. Waves like the difficulties of life that offer us each our own unique experience yet somewhere in between we find a bit of light and sunshine in the darkness. For without the light the dark would be too much to take.  

 Without the waves and water washing over us, we would never be cleansed yet never forget the grief survivor experiences on the way to acceptance. 

  

“Art elevates us, as we recognize that even during our challenging times, art’s relevance, importance, and transcendent nature. Art sustains and nourishes our spirit and essence. With art we are inspired, without art, we merely exist.”  

I am an Italian-American, a lesbian, a retired NY lawyer, and law librarian professor, and an ovarian cancer survivor, but my calling is that of an artist. I rediscovered my childhood passion for art as an adult, which I call my second coming out. Since then, my journey has taken me to creative expression through different mediums, including photography and digital photographic collage. 

For many years now I have had a studio in Miami. I am active in the tri-county art world and beyond. I am also a board member of ArtsUnited and a member in good standing with the Broward Art Guild, both based in the Fort Lauderdale area and a new member of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc., specifically the Miami chapter.   

As for philosophy, I believe any expression of art, including the wonderful medium of photography and digital photographic collage, is not just about “pretty pictures.” The role of artists, regardless of their medium, should also be on the edge and push the societal bar, and challenge the known perception and preconceived notions. This includes daring to be raw and provocative in so doing, not for the mere sake of getting attention for attention’s sake, but as fulfilling a fundamental function of messenger, philosopher, and empath.  

My digital photographic collage approach is with the use of fragmentation, the superimposition of thematic and sometimes disparate parts, and the application of many layers – even with my simplest photograph.  

By pushing the medium limits visually and metaphorically the bare essence of the fragment — abstracted, shredded, eroded, superimposed, yet substituting for the whole, allows for the abstract yet relatable emergence of the figures full of movement, energy, and vitality. In so doing, authentically explored are issues such as that of our temporal, physical, sensual, spiritual, and psychological natures. 

Immersing in the outdoors encourages self-reflection and is my source of inspiration. It provides an abundance of subject matter, fuels my creative process, and soothes my spirit. During one of my photography outings, I came across a feather on my path and understood this to be a beautiful and timely intersection of symbolism and reality. 

In my “Feathers” collection, I explore the personal growth journey and how this is emulated by our fine feathered friends. Like us, they seem to exist so completely and freely, with the wind beneath their wings, so powerful and yet so delicate. Inherent freedom and purpose to soar high are evident, while constantly adjusting to stay on course, flying solo or, at times, in delightful murmuration. 

Interpreting this odyssey with photography, I use a macro lens to present the feather larger than life, while revealing intricate details, textures, and movement. Soft flowing lines converge with crooked barbules and pathways mimicking our own life’s journey- smooth but not without its detours.  

About the Artist 

Stacy Daugherty is a fine art macro photographer born locally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her extreme close-up imagery embodies this tropical region’s nature and wildlife. Self-taught, her intuitive style reveals an intimate journey of personal growth and connection to the natural world. 

As an imaginative and inquisitive child, Daugherty played outdoors amongst flowers and trees, sometimes envisioning herself as tiny as an ant, wondering what the world might look like from that perspective. She gravitated towards candid photography of everyday happenings in her early years until 2010 when she was given her first professional camera. She describes trying the macro lens for the first time: “I was finally able to see how I envisioned the world in all of its infinite detail, making it larger than life. Macro photography gives me a feeling of discovery. I find myself in an unseen world in which I’m completely aligned…it all seems so familiar.” 

Daugherty’s artwork has been shown in many exhibitions, recently including 

“A Retrospective” at Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida, and her solo exhibit, “View”, is featured at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Daugherty currently resides in South Florida and is a Resident Artist at ArtServe. 

I take the familiar and seek ways to make it less familiar, asking the viewer to see it in a new way.  

Light, the play of brightness against shadow, the long light of fall, the splashing light of spring, often captures my attention. Items edging into or out of the dark often reveal hidden elements.  

I hope to capture a moment that allows the viewer to feel alone with the subject, free to explore, free to find beauty or humanity, solace or solitude. 

About the Artist 

Photographer Sue Harrison is a fifth-generation Floridian with strong ties to the land and people of her home state. She finds beauty in the unexpected, unposed, and unembellished side of nature and human interaction. 

In addition to her work in photography, she is a prize-winning journalist writing for newspapers and magazines with 15 years specializing in the arts. 

Earlier in her lifelong creative career, she spent 20 years as a designer who manufactured and sold leather clothing and bags. 

For the past few years, she has made a line of jewelry based on combining silver with Florida fossils and other found objects.  

Her website — MyOldFlorida.com — chronicles the sometimes hidden, sometimes in your face, always delightful corners of the state through photographs and essays. 

In her photography, she works in a digital format following three decades of film work. She was previously featured in juried shows at the Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown Art Association, and Museum both in Provincetown Mass. and the Bonnet House and Broward Art Guild in Fort Lauderdale.  

Her work is held in collections in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Her specialty is evocative landscape and flora. 

Tarun, a 25-year old photographer, and videographer from south Florida have been pursuing his craft for 4 years. Both professionally and creatively.  

His approach to photography as an art form is one of constant exploration where each photo an artist produces, regardless of the subject or intent, connects to every other photo produced by that artist to form a collective map or journey of the pursuit of photographic expression and every other form it may take.  

These 5 photos all represent an attempt to express a kind of essence of South Florida that continually presents itself to me. 

On a less serious note, photography is just a game of matching what you see outside to what you feel inside. If another person can see what you made and feel what you felt, then you’ve won. 

 

Terry Townsend has devoted his life to mastering photography.    

His career began opening his first studio at the age of 16. After attending college as a working full-time scholarship photographer he pursued photojournalism at the Tuscaloosa News and later made his way to Florida and worked on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.   

In the early 1980’s he founded Townsend Photographics and TPI Multimedia. Terry ran a successful commercial photography studio for over 40 years and now devotes his time to personal projects and archiving his historical works.  

As a commercial photographer, Terry was the choice photographer for many of the biggest corporations in South Florida and the country. With most of his relationships extending beyond 20 years, Terry shot for names such as Steve Starr, Florida Power and Light, Burger King, Southern Glazer’s, TD Bank, Hard Rock, GE, Pollo Tropical, Ryder, CitiBank, and many more.  

He mentored many photographers and was trusted by Hasselblad to test the first multi-shot medium format digital back – revolutionizing digital photography and acting as a leading force in creating the photographic processes we use today. Terry consistently innovated with the latest technology.  

His experience of photographic processes was driven by his inner passion for photography and the personal standard to always deliver the best product possible. Whether a job required 8×10 polaroid’s or transparencies, medium format film and silver gelatin prints, or the latest digital technologies and precision lighting Terry has done it all and always delivers. 

Terry’s standard of excellence has kept him out of the fine art spotlight. His demand to settle for nothing less than perfection has shied him away from exhibiting.  

In 2021, in his retirement, Terry has agreed to start sharing his work – understanding the historical value of his archives and the importance of his legacy to photographic mastery. Terry continues to create new projects while archiving the old.  

His photographs represent the range of photographic applications, the range of mediums and processes, and the range of the years from the golden age of photography through today. 

This series of images, entitled “ODYSSEY”, is the result of my trips through a fragile planet and comprises some of the latest additions to my series of photographs concerning the environment and the allure of the delicate balance and insight to life that Nature provides. 

The manipulated images borrow from Cubism the technique of illustrating space volumetrically by moving through it to reveal alternate views of the same scene. In addition to the spatial reconstruction, this process adds an element of time to the works as the various components of the scene are photographed from different perspectives and different moments and later reassembled into a larger, more comprehensive artistically expressive experience. 

About the Artist 

Tom began his career as a photojournalist in Brazil where he taught photography at the University of Brasilia for three years.  

He returned to New York as a beauty photographer shooting major ad campaigns for L’Oreal, Clairol, and Revlon, and went on to develop a thriving assignment career. Meanwhile, he continued shooting architectural, scenic, and landscape photography in the United States and around the world. 

Specifically, in the last 10 years, Tom has focused his work on architectural and landscape images. He has created dramatic, manipulated image groupings that lead to exploring his subjects from a variety of perspectives.  

He also consistently shoots aerial photographs of the places from unusual angles and positions in the sky. Using the advantage of dramatic natural light and weather conditions with high-speed lenses he captures both our natural and manmade world, unlike any other artist. 

Tom Grill is at the forefront of high-resolution digital photography and digital manipulation. Many of Tom’s works combine multiple image files at high resolution to create ultra-sharp photographs for mural-sized prints.  

The core collection comprises many of his greatest photographs that can be custom printed and framed at large sizes on a choice of archival pigment papers, acrylic, or dye-sublimation aluminum. Most of his prints use post-production techniques to achieve stunning effects for printed photographic art. 

Tom’s graphic style brings a fresh perspective to any art collection and introduces thoughtful contemplation and wonder to interior spaces small and large. 

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Meet Our Artistic Advisory Panel

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