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Steven Sparks

Steven L Sparks

Photographic Art To Live With Tampa, FL

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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."

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 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.

 

Attack Dance by Steven Sparks

 

River Branch by Steven Sparks

 

Roseate Spoonbill by Steven Sparks

 

Lupitas by Steven Sparks

 

Red White and Blue by Steven Sparks

 

Crusin' Ybor by Steven Sparks

 

Moonrise Over Sunshine Skyway Bridge by Steven Sparks

 

Black Light by Steven Sparks

 

Plumbago and Swallowtail by Steven Sparks

 

Morning Bath by Steven Sparks

 

Palm Seeds Baroque by Steven Sparks

 

48 CADI 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

 

Villefranche-sur-Mer by Steven Sparks

 

Navarro Street Bridge 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

 

Amalfi Coast II by Steven Sparks

 

Amalfi Coast by Steven Sparks

 

La Rambla by Steven Sparks

 

La Rambla II by Steven Sparks

 

La Rambla III by Steven Sparks

 

Street Scene in Villefranche by Steven Sparks

 

Narrow Steet in Eze by Steven Sparks

 

Eze View by Steven Sparks

 

Rue Principale in Eze by Steven Sparks

 

Le Troubadour by Steven Sparks

 

Treasures in Eze by Steven Sparks

 

French Windows by Steven Sparks

 

Apollo in Pompeii by Steven Sparks

 

Light On The Past by Steven Sparks

 

Barcelona by Steven Sparks

 

La Sagrada Familia Sculpture by Steven Sparks

 

Villefranche Hillside II by Steven Sparks

 

Street in Villefranche II by Steven Sparks

 

Black Sailboat At Villefranche II by Steven Sparks