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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Fine Art / Abstract

Nature Life In Layers

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Fine Art / Abstract
  • Company
    Spartana Photography
  • Photographer
    Stephen Spartana

Researching different perspectives of the natural world, venturing at times to create images that are more fantasy then reality, “Nature Life in Layers” is a selection of images that celebrate the intimate connections and forms that repeat over and over again in the Natural World. The work utilizes a number of images which function in the same way that painters use brushes and paint palettes. The intention is to create a provocative image through layered complex compositions that blend details of shapes, shadow/light and color, coaxing the viewer to look deeper and celebrate the bond.

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.