Chris Fischer, Fine Art Wildlife Photography, Salem, Oregon (US)

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“I am not one that likes to brag much, and I am, more than anything, a huge critic of my own work, so this is a hard question for me.  I hope what people see in my work more than anything else is a soul, not just the animals, but mine as well.  I want people to feel the story behind the image, life and emotion behind the eyes of the animals, or drama and mood in the vast open scenes.  I want them to experience more than just the image, but the moment as well.  If I am successful in creating the image, these things should be present.  I also hope that people feel as though they understand me a little better, that they can look at the image and understand how much thought and emotion is behind each photograph.”

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From the ‘L’ – Angie McMonigal

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Angie McMonigal Photography - orange line 1558I have long been interested in creating a series of images, as I think most photographers long to do—to create something that defines their work, something that allows a feeling of accomplishment and portrays a piece of themselves and how they see the world. This was no small task for me, and one that eluded me for many years. Determining what I really love to photograph, let alone determining a series that would have an actual start and finish and fall within a genre and style that I want my work to progress from has been many years in the making, not to mention many moments of extreme frustration.

One early Sunday morning I found myself riding the Chicago ‘L’ toward downtown and it just sort-of hit me, an idea to present Chicago from this unique perspective. I have always found the ‘L’ fascinating, maybe because I grew up in such a small town and public transportation like this felt so urban, so foreign—the complete opposite of the rural town I was used to. There’s a grittiness to the ‘L’— traveling this way you feel like you’re a part of the city and you see the city from a perspective that can’t be seen any other way.

I decided this was how I was going to explore Chicago and how I was going to showcase this city in a unique way. I challenged myself to capture the way this city feels and looks from the lines I was familiar with and those I had never traveled. And hopefully allow my fellow Chicagoans, visitors and those who have never visited here the same experience.

There are 8 lines in Chicago’s elevated train system, the Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red and Yellow lines. Some lines are entirely elevated; others (the Blue and Red lines) are partial subways. I traveled every mile of each of these lines with the goal of exploring and portraying how the city looks and feels from the various neighborhoods each line runs through.

I wanted it to be clear these images were shot from the ‘L’, so in many of the images I included portions of the windows and doors to allow the viewer a sense of what it feels like to view the city from within the train cars. Most often I shot from the back or front car and occasionally through the doors passengers enter and exit. Technically speaking, a higher ISO and shutter speed were required to prevent excessive blurring, but other than that there were no special techniques involved.

 

 

The only real challenges were, on occasion, dealing with a train operator who believed I was not allowed to take images from the train, despite the CTA’s website clearly stating individuals are allowed to take photos and video as long as they’re not used for commercial purposes. Most people were just curious about what I was doing and asked many questions, it was definitely an interesting experience and a unique way to see Chicago.

If you’d like to see all the images made from the series, the full set is here

Individual blog posts from each line while creating the series are here

And a book: From the ‘L’

 

Interview with Angie 

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Tony Bynum, Outdoor Photographer, East Glacier Park, MT (US)

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“My work, if you want to call it that, is all over the map. I shoot things that inspire me one way or another. At the core, what I create and show are products of paying attention to everything – I’m compulsive that way – an outdoor “stuff” investigator you could say – and I can’t turn it off.”

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Creativity – “using Difference as a tool to bring interest”

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Online Solo Exhibition by Christophe Kiciak

 

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“I am convinced that a great deal of what “Art” is lies in doing things differently. In visual arts, looking at things from another angle, modifying the lighting, adjusting an expression, or modifying an attitude can bring life to an otherwise dull work. However, seeking difference simply for the sake of it is probably not a good way to obtain the best results. This is where “Creativity” steps in. I would personally define it as the ability to use difference as a tool to bring interest. Therefore, being creative is very important to me. Of course, I often fail at it, but I believe that pursuing that goal is the path I should follow.”

 

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