Olivia is an aspiring actress, singer and dancer. Here she is photographed in the studio in an image inspired by a combination of Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. Olivia was accompanied ber her friend A.J. so I had to create a portrait of him as well.
Mark Chuck is an avid fisherman. He will travel great distance to witness one of nature’s fascinating life cycles. Every fall salmon migrate upstream in great numbers overcoming many obstacles to spawn, then die. This is a very emotional experience for him. Through the medium of ceramic sculpture, his work attempts to capture a process that documents an end to the salmon’s life cycle. Beginning with the biological refusal to accept nourishment, the salmon whose ability to self nourish atrophies, leaving only the option to exists off stored body fat for perhaps two to three months, begins a journey that culminates in a climax of fertilization and disintegration. The decomposing salmon at the end of its life cycle becomes nourishment for other organisms in the aquatic ecosystem that ensures survival of succeeding generations. For Mark, the observations of these phenomena are extremely meaningful. Nature and its conservation are compelling realities and provide for me the opportunity to artistically communicate his love of nature through his medium, clay. This interaction of his observation of nature and his primal material clay brings me to the essence of a sublime inner fulfillment as an artist. Mark allows the clay to be itself as a primal material with its cracks and fissures, to evolve as the salmon, having no choice but to be as nature intended. A process controlled by an inner program of nature that returns through self propagation the certainty of a plan that ensures their kernel of life on earth and allows me in reflection to be a small part of an ongoing creative process.
Norma Bernstock, who lives in Milford, Pennsylvania, writes and creates art in her studio in the woods. She is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and a founding member of the cooperative photography gallery, the Highlands Photo Guild, where her images are part of the permanent collection.
Norma’s specialty is The Polaroid image transfers, which are one-of-a-kind photographs. The print is made by projecting an image onto Polaroid 669 film directly by using a camera or by projecting a slide onto the film in the darkroom or by using one of several pieces of equipment designed for this purpose. The film is then peeled apart prematurely before all the dyes have fully transferred to the positive. The negative is then placed (or transferred) onto high quality hot press watercolor paper. The transferred image may be enhanced with water color paints, pastels or pencils. Image transfers have been described as a “crossover” art form. The final print, with or without further manipulation, acquires a painterly look that blurs the distinction between photography and other art forms.