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Steven Sparks

Steven L Sparks

Photographic Art To Live With Tampa, FL

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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, And I love artistic images that are a pleasure to live with. In my workflow I try to visualize the final image displayed in a gallery, museum, or my home. I enjoy diverse image content and styles. Depending on what a scene has to offer I may process the digital image for realism or deviate to a different artistic style like monochrome, impressionism or abstract. Admittedly though I may divert my attention to content that is not particularly artistic but may have an environmental, journalistic, or historic message. I may enter a contest occasionally for fun; but not often.

My creativity has been influenced by several contemporary art photographers like Peter Lik, David Muench, Kyle Jones, and others; 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."

BIOGRAPHY

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 local photographic 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.

 

Cypress Design by Steven Sparks

 

King of the River by Steven Sparks

 

Hillsborough River In March by Steven Sparks

 

Aging Well by Steven Sparks

 

Clouded Leopard by Steven Sparks

 

Swamp Lilies by Steven Sparks

 

Three Dreams by Steven Sparks

 

California Wildflowers by Steven Sparks

 

Bougainvillea by Steven Sparks

 

Sunflowers In The Wind by Steven Sparks

 

Trump Tower in Chicago by Steven Sparks

 

Springtime in Chicago by Steven Sparks

 

Navarro Street Bridge at Night by Steven Sparks

 

John Lennon Memorial by Steven Sparks

 

Sunshine Skyway Bridge by Steven Sparks

 

V8 Power by Steven Sparks

 

Exotic Heliconia by Steven Sparks

 

Low Tide Gathering by Steven Sparks

 

Summer Afternoon At The Beach by Steven Sparks

 

Florida Rapids by Steven Sparks

 

River Branch by Steven Sparks

 

Radiance by Steven Sparks

 

Florence Duomo by Steven Sparks

 

Paradise Island Style by Steven Sparks

 

Attack Dance by Steven Sparks

 

Roseate Spoonbill by Steven Sparks

 

Lupitas by Steven Sparks

 

Red White and Blue by Steven Sparks

 

Crusin' Ybor by Steven Sparks

 

Black Light by Steven Sparks

 

Palm Seeds Baroque by Steven Sparks

 

Plumbago and Swallowtail by Steven Sparks

 

Morning Bath by Steven Sparks

 

Orchids White and Purple by Steven Sparks

 

Eclipse With A Lily by Steven Sparks

 

La Garza by Steven Sparks

 

Little Blue Heron On Approach by Steven Sparks

 

Little Blue Heron Before The Change To Blue by Steven Sparks

 

Sundown Orange by Steven Sparks

 

First Easter Egg Hunt by Steven Sparks

 

Black Sailboat by Steven Sparks

 

Together by Steven Sparks

 

Swept Away by Steven Sparks

 

Predawn Surf I by Steven Sparks

 

Predawn Surf II by Steven Sparks

 

Predawn Surf III by Steven Sparks

 

Barcelona Harbor by Steven Sparks

 

Villefranche-sur-Mer by Steven Sparks