Sunday, November 1, 2009

Media Spotlight—Traditional Photography Artists

Jack McNeal—Photography

Jack McNeal
Jack has had a camera in his hand since the mid forties. He has gradually progressed from childhood snapshots to underwater photography using hand made underwater housings in the 50’s and 60’s. He then moved to medium format (2 1/4 x 2 1/4) black and white and eventually to large format (8x10 and 4x5) and finally to digital cameras.

Jack was a gold medalist at the Underwater Film Festival in Santa Monica both for Black and White Prints and Color Slides in 1959 and 1960 as well as the LA County Fair for Black and White prints.

More recently he has been in Juried Shows at San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.

His current work involves extensive exploration of place and mood with digital cameras, including local shorelines as well as travel to Utah, Alaska and Okinawa.

Late Sun on the Rock © Jack McNeal
View North, Big Sur Coast © Jack McNeal

Alice Cahill—Photography

Alice Cahill
Alice Cahill is an award winning nature photographer. Her inspiration is the Earth – she is fascinated by it, and she believes in nature as a healing force and a refuge from the chaos of daily life.

Alice’s photographs have been published in many nature and photo magazines, including Outdoor California, Photographers Forum, Outdoor and Nature, and Oprah’s O Magazine.

Alice is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Journey © Alice Cahill
Sunset Rock © Alice Cahill

Gregory Siragusa—Photography

Gregory Siragusa
Gregory Siragusa is a digital photographer, whose photographs capture a variety of subject matter representing nature, performance and architecture.

Greg presents his photographs to the viewer and marvels how the context of each image is interpreted.

Having relocated to the Central Coast approximately 15 years ago, Greg is traveling constantly, perpetually refining his focus on nature, architecture, music and mood.

Greg’s photos focus on subjects that are subtle or commonplace to grand in nature.

The Path © Greg Siragusa
Why © Greg Siragusa

James A. Crawford—Photography

James Crawford
James Crawford, an award winning artist, believes there is more to photography than looking through the camera and pressing the shutter. He says, “The camera is only part of the process. It’s where your creativity leads on the computer, or the darkroom. It is not a mere image, it is an extension of your whole self, your whole being, the sum of all your experiences and the influences of great artists you admire.” Crawford takes little pieces from everything and everyone, melts it into his vision and truth.

Crawford works in traditional film black & white, color, fine art photography and digital capture with computer enhancement using Adobe Photoshop CS3, Painter IX, Studio Artist and buZZ.X.

Crawford’s work also hangs in many private collections.

Untitled © James A. Crawford
Untitled © James A. Crawford

Charles Pruitt—Photography

Charles Pruitt
Charles Pruitt a resident of Arroyo Grande, California, began his love of photography over 40 years ago, utilizing a 35mm camera given to him as a gift.

Chuck earned a degree in photography and began to use digital photography in 2004. Subsequently, he took a new direction and began to print his photography onto canvas. These giclee reproductions are mounted onto canvas strecher bars and completed with a UV protective finish.

Goodpasture Bridge © Charles Pruitt
Mirror Lake © Charles Pruit