Several photographs of blue herons during early morning in the San Francisco Bay wetlands near San Jose, California at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photos were merged to create this composite.Look Closer
Artfelt Images by Nina USA
I learned to love photography from my mother many years ago as a child - she was a wonderful photographer in her own right and traveled extensively capturing the world on film as she went. Her photos always seemed to tell an amazing story. But it wasn't until a few years ago that I finally had the equipment and opportunities to pursue my own storytelling with a camera.
When digital cameras made their debut, the word "photography" took on new meaning. To be able to take an ordinary photograph and create meaningful "photo art"out of seemingly incongruous digital elements on a computer was to me in itself utterly amazing. I first gave digital art a try with the advent of digital scrapbooking...and enjoyed it so much that I soon became confident enough to create a 100-page heritage book of my family's history. I wasn't long before I learned that I could do the same thing with ordinary photos and turn them into something more unique and artistic.
I have never been what one would normally refer to as an "artist", but rather a "visionary". I can "see" in my mind something that would make a beautiful work of art, but have never had the natural talent to express that vision on paper or canvas. But with the ever increasing number of computer editing programs now available, I am limited only by my imagination...that and the time to create!
The name I have given my work, "Artfelt Images", encompasses how I view my work: I "feel" the image, not just see it, and I try to convey that feeling in my compositions. It’s a way to expressively communicate a captured moment in time. I strive to maintain a sense of realism but at the same time try to infuse artistic expression and spontaneous creativity in my work. This is important to me because I have found that my photography passion lies in the natural world of birds, wildlife and landscapes. I like to think of photo art as an evolution of individual "visual poetry". It's like fingerprints - no two artists can ever create the same thing; by the same token viewing work by other artists inspires me to evaluate my own skills objectively. It also assists me in bringing my experiences with nature to a level of art that still expresses reality in my work.