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Amelia Chao, a native of Taiwan, who now lives in the Pacific Northwest, loves to photograph the natural landscape of the American West. She finds her favorite subjects
near the edge of the water, standing in the water,
reflecting light shone on the water,
in the past evidence of water - in geological time (in the Southwest) or just a few seconds away (becoming wet)
of the molecules of water - in clouds, mist in the sky, or frost, ice on the land.
of fishermen who love water, and
cranes who fly aerodynamically, and
She loves colors and prefers a yin/yang balance.
Since 1996, using a 4x5 large format Nagaoka view camera that her husband wanted to give up, she's been in love with the meticulous way of making images with the view camera, slowly and on film, large film. She has not converted to using digital cameras, and is not eager to switch. She has upgraded to a Wisner Traditonal 4x5 to continue taking large scenes on film.
She has experienced life's twist and turns since she came to the US to study Structural Engineering and was awarded a MS degree in Civil Engineering. Working in the nuclear industry in a consulting firm she was later naturalized and became a US citizen.
She became a stay-at-home mom, reentered the job market after seven years and later became a licensed California Professional Civil Engineer. That career was short-circuited after another seven years.
After this, she embarked on a demanding path selling her photographs at art shows for another eleven years, receiving awards and honors as listed below. For another twelve years she needed to take incresingly intensive care of her aging parents from Taiwan. This experience has helped her grow in strength and patience needed in her next step in life - to return to her beloved "water" and create more fine images for the world to see.
She has many of her 4 x 5 Cibachrome/Ilfochrome images printed by her in her home darkroom. That was when the limited editions prints started. She plans to continue to fill the editions, which are available only in sizes larger than 16 x 20 in the future. The beginning number will be noted in the image description.
2003 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Award of Excellence in Photography
2004 ArtiGras of Palm Beach Award of Merit
2004 Miami Beach Festival of the Arts First Place in Photography
2005 Miami Beach Festival of the Arts. First Place in Photography
Paul Ogren "Whatever it is that moves me to make pictures is not entirely a rational thing. It is driven by a quest for beauty that is larger than oneself, which when achieved is perhaps a direct insight into the enchanting magic of nature. I am moved to share this insight with others. In order to do this, I have used various cameras and processes over the years, beginning with 35mm, medium format and 4x5 film cameras, graduating to digital. I am still much moved by the old way of seeing. And I do find a bit of quiet or meditation helps clear the mind before trying to make pictures. I strive to use the finest quality materials and methods. The intent is to have every customer satisfied, and deliver pictures of consistently high quality, that will endure.
My primary interests have been the intimate landscape, architecture and macro photography. Most of the time I "see" in color, but I have periods where I conceptualize photos in Black and White.
Amelia and I did hundreds of art shows over almost 20 years. It was during this time we began our Limited Edition prints, which are continuing, as always available in sizes larger than 16 x 20 inches. Editions are limited to 250 prints of an image. These are then numbered sequentially, for example 27/250. The most recent number will be noted in the image description.
Now we are planning on spending a lot more time out photographing.
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