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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.

 

Scarlet Macaw by Steven Sparks

 

Snowy Egret by Steven Sparks

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron by Steven Sparks

 

Willet On Sunrise Surf by Steven Sparks

 

Peacock by Steven Sparks

 

Sunny Egret by Steven Sparks

 

Three Ibises Before The Storm by Steven Sparks

 

Riverwalk Christmas by Steven Sparks

 

Chicago Westward by Steven Sparks

 

Hoot by Steven Sparks

 

Sierra Nevada Foothills by Steven Sparks

 

First Flight First Light by Steven Sparks

 

By The Way by Steven Sparks

 

Hanauma Bay by Steven Sparks

 

May Flowers by Steven Sparks

 

Cypress Design by Steven Sparks

 

Waiting For The Sun by Steven Sparks

 

Barcelona Market Fruit by Steven Sparks

 

Ten Pelicans by Steven Sparks

 

King of the River by Steven Sparks

 

Hillsborough River In March by Steven Sparks

 

Heron and Cypress Knees by Steven Sparks

 

Swamp Lilies by Steven Sparks

 

Three Dreams by Steven Sparks

 

Clouded Leopard by Steven Sparks

 

Girl By The Water by Steven Sparks

 

Yosemite Valley Moonrise by Steven Sparks

 

California Wildflowers by Steven Sparks

 

Bougainvillea by Steven Sparks

 

Sunflowers In The Wind by Steven Sparks

 

Sunshine Skyway Bridge Sunrise by Steven Sparks

 

Trump Tower in Chicago by Steven Sparks

 

Oahu Sunrise 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

 

Aging Well by Steven Sparks

 

Florida Rapids by Steven Sparks

 

Radiance by Steven Sparks

 

Florence Duomo by Steven Sparks

 

Paradise Island Style by Steven Sparks

 

Morning Walk At Ormond Beach by Steven Sparks

 

Attack Dance by Steven Sparks