Shelly Engels / .Shelly.Etc. - Seattle
Using a digital SLR or an old Diana F+ camera, Shelly captures things in life that others often pass unnoticed. Her love of travel, and design gives her opportunity and creative perspective. Her Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture and Product Design continue to influence her images. Shelly's prints her images on aluminum which add another dimension to the scenes. Her images are also available on night lights, magnets, cards and postcards.
Christopher Boffoli / Big Appetites - Seattle
Christopher Boffoli is a Seattle-based photographer, writer, artist and filmmaker. His Big Appetites series is shot with locally sourced food from Farmer's Markets, local bakeries or iconic American foods that evoke a sense of play. The figures in the scenes are all hand-painted and their meticulous detail is a big part of why the images work. On occasion he might re-paint or modify figures to suit his purposes. The images have a strength and a personality of their own. But they are most often exhibited with captions that lend an extra bit of energy to the concept, and of course, often reinforce the laugh.
Christopher’s work has been published – online and in print – in more than 95 countries. His fine art photographs can be found in galleries and private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Travis Tyler / Little Kicking Bird - Seattle
TravisTyler captures the majority of his photos in the urban landscape of the Northwest. They are pulled from clips of time lapse photography that he has filmed or everyday objects that often go unnoticed. His inspiration comes from commuting to and from work while riding the ferry every day. He reveals the essence of each image by capturing just the right amount of light, color, and depth of field - allowing the viewer to connect to the photo.
Arturo Torres / Torres Art - Seattle
Arturo Torres was born in the city of San Luis Potosi, located in the Central part of Mexico. His increasing interest in photography and his fascination with the architecture of his own country inspired him to travel to Spain and Italy, as well as France and Portugal to photograph the architecture in these countries. At first, the photography was an avocation and purely a personal pleasure, but gradually friends and colleagues encouraged him to turn his increasingly serious advocation into a profession.
The focus of his photographic interest is on doorways and windows which speak of lives beyond them, and reflecting his cultural background, the colors he seeks are vibrant and contrasting.
Stacey Vaeth/ Stacey Vaeth Photography - Seattle [ Studio at Venue ]
Stacey started this little photography company in Washington, D.C. in 2008, specializing in commercial and family photography, and quickly became named as DC's Favorite Family Photographer. As a fourth-generation photographer from Rochester, NY, capturing the essence of a person, a moment, or a place through photography has been ingrained in Stacey since as long as she can remember. Her childhood summers were spent with her parents driving to and staying in Sequoia National Park (CA) and Rocky Mountain National Park (CO) for months at a time. Stacey's father was a Kodak photographer, and these national park trips were part of their educational series. She would rise early and walk with him as he taught park visitors about light, f-stops, composition and telling a story through their photographs. The seeds were well planted and watered in those summers for both photography and for travel.
In 2013, Stacey began a personal journey of travel and discovery. A 30-day solo cross-country camping trip in the summer of 2013 kicked off several more cross country trips and many more drives through our nations' incredible landscapes, as well as a month long sailing trip through the Inside Passage. Meeting the lady at the country store or the fellow wandering camper, and eventually moving to Seattle to build a bi-coastal photography business have filled Stacey's days, months and years.
Neil Berkowitz - Photography by Neil Berkowitz / Seattle
Neil’s current work draws on technology’s ability to see more deeply than do its masters. He attempts to close the gap between the seen and the seeable. Much of his work is founded in interactions with museums and their contents. His digital darkroom relies on the practices used in conventional film photography, primarily: cropping, burning and dodging, and color and contrast adjustment, but with levels of control and precision far beyond what is available in the film darkroom. The works retain their photographic essence as work of lights, treating the textural footprints of pixel-based production as elements of composition, creating a descent from the specific and actual to the personal. Context falls away, displaced by an evocation and a personal presence, relying on a relation more between the frame and the viewer than between frame and its greater surroundings.
Neil studied photography at the School of Journalism at Syracuse University, then working for several years as a photographer specializing in fashion and portraiture. Later he was a studio potter at Pottery Northwest. He returned to photography three and a half years ago. Neil was also a finalist for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 2018 Artist in Residence and has been named a Brush Creek Foundation Artist in Residence for Spring 2018.