SLS PHOTO ART
STEVEN L SPARKS
INTRODUCTION AND ARTIST STATEMENT - Photographic Art to Live With
I primarily craft photographs that evoke positive feelings such as peace and harmony; images that are a pleasure to live with. Even before I click the shutter I compose and visualize the final product in my home, or in an art gallery, or museum. I might 'see' in styles other than realism, like black and white, impressionism or abstract. Admittedly though I may divert my attention to images that are not just artistic but have an environmental, journalistic, or historic message. I may enter a contest occasionally for fun; but not often.
I have no defined parameters for content; and I explore many digital processing methods to express my artistic interpretation of whatever a scene may have to offer. My creativity has been influenced by several contemporary art photographers like Steve Barclay and Andy Katz; and also a by some of the world's renowned painters, especially American painters from the late 19th century, like George Inness. My favorite artist's quote is by George Inness: "The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist's own spiritual nature."
Beginning as a teenager learning photography with a twin lens reflex camera I have continualy engaged in some type of advanced photographic work, as my primary careers have allowed. My photographic experience includes photojournalism, aerial photography, portraits, sports, weddings, advertising, and especially creating and selling photographic fine art. My main careers included 24 years of flying helicopters and airplanes with the Army, National Guard and Coast Guard. I enjoyed a shorter second career with USAA. I am married with three children and one granddaughter. Following my last assignment flying C-130's out of USCG Air Station St Pete/Clearwater we decided to remain in the Tampa Bay area. My wife and I now reside in north Tampa.
I am mostly a self-taught photographer though I have completed some formal photography training at North Kansas City High School, DOD Public Affairs School, Nikon School, University of South Florida, and with a commercial art photographer in Honolulu. I am a member of the North Tampa Arts League, the Florida Museum of Photographic Art, and a few photographic meetup groups. Apart from my online portfolio, I display and sell my photo art at various local venues.
All images are copyright protected. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution without written permission from Steven Sparks is strictly prohibited.