Chris teaches his models how to take pictures and how to pose.
What is Macro photography?
Macro Photography is the art of taking close-up photos. It's a great way of seeing the small details that often go unnoticed at first glance. I use a special lens which allows me to get in really close so I can create images that are greater than life size.
Where do you shoot most of your images?
I live in Alexandria, Virginia, and the great thing about Macro Photography is that you can shoot anywhere. You don't even need a National Park! These are some of my favorite places:
I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images in forests and park lands in the local area and around the country as I travel for art fairs and photo shoots. Throughout my life — whether shooting snaps of vacations or gathering images on serious photo shoots — I have always gravitated toward seeing and exploring nature’s minutia. I have worked in a variety of artistic mediums over the years but my heart has always come back to exploring and photographing our natural world.
Chris' Artist Statement
With my photography, I explore intricate textures, repeating patterns, visual rhythms, and the emotion inherent in the infinite occurrences of Nature’s minutia. I find these are the fascinating fundamental elements that integrate into our cohesive, synergistic — and essential — ecosystem.
In my visualizations, I step back from the ‘big picture’ to investigate these myriad component parts to discover and capture the interrelationships and associations among them.In my mind’s eye, I look for the essence, the essential element, of the greater scene and then eliminate all the visual chaos and distractions surrounding it.My viewers then can draw upon their personal, unique memories to feel and assimilate the joy or empathy or hope or serenity living within the image.
Ever since my early years, taking ‘snaps’ of my vacations, I have been intrigued by the smaller and smaller elements before me.I have visited the grandeur of Yosemite, yet I photographed the minute lichens on the rocks.It is here, after all, where we experience the most basic presentation of the fragility, yet resilience, of our natural world.A world it is imperative that we learn to see, appreciate, and preserve.Being able to relate to the emotion inherent in every element of it is one way we can achieve this.
It is my hope — and my goal — that my viewers will gain not only an immediate connection with my images, but that this relationship will be forever evolving within their hearts as they bring a never-ending flow of life experiences to every viewing.