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Gold 2022 Fine Art / Abstract


  • Photographer
    Stephen Spartana
  • Agency / Studio
    Spartana Photography
  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art / Abstract

Water is an amazing compound with many unique properties. The most fascinating being that water expands when transferring to its solid state – ice, unlike any other compound. This color series is an allegory of the theme of expansion and stasis. I’ve photographically captured a frozen scene at lakes edge and the actual freezing process is revealed in the image. Expansion and movement of floating elements arrested to stillness, freezing a scene of organic material layered in ice. Light dances across the surface and penetrates below exposing a hidden world, creating elegant icescapes.

Art became important to me at an early age with an interest in photography. I graduated in 1983 from the BFA Program in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art which introduced him to the work and philosophies of influential artists: Irving Penn’s quality of light; Cartier-Bresson’s composition, use of space, and "the decisive moment”; Pete Turner, who felt that the transparency was not the end product, but just the beginning; and lastly Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers and nature were a revelation, inspiring me to look closer at the hidden beauty of the natural world.