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Photographs and photography have always been a passion - ever since I was a youngster in the 50's and 60's. There was just something about that magic of freezing time that intrigued and fascinated me. I had a Kodak Brownie and a Kodak Duaflex, a twin-lens reflex camera, I was constantly using. I got really into it in the mid-70's and 80's with a new film SLR with many different lenses taking mostly B&W, and some color, and doing a lot of developing/printing myself using some of the U of I's darkroom facilities. I had won some contests and was selling framed prints through a now defunct Urbana gallery.

It was always an avocation as my vocation was as a full-time IT employee at the U of I, which got busier and busier as time went on, PLUS then also helping my wife run our horse farm and, well, there just wasn't time anymore for photography. Then came retirement from the U of I in 2016 and selling our horse farm and a move back to Champaign. Now after some 30 years hiatus, I am now revisiting my photography to see how much trouble I can get into. I'm not in this to make money. I just want to share what I see.
www.BlueRoseFoto.com

I have a degree in Materials Engineering and had a successful career in product development and project management. In my 30’s, my husband and I relocated from the East Coast to rural central Illinois. Needless to say, job prospects in my field were minimal, especially at the level my career had reached. During that next phase of my life, my husband and I bought a major fixer upper and did the work ourselves.
When we were upgrading the electric system that was originally from the time of Illinois’s “Rural Electrification Act” (circa 19305 - 1945) I found myself surrounded by so much copper wire. It was breathtaking! I absentmindedly created a bracelet and a ring with some of the wire that was sitting on the floor. That was the moment I discovered my new calling.

My foray into metalsmithing was a continued series of happy accidents that lead me to where I am now. I began making items for friends and family, who spread the word to others. Soon I was having strangers commission my to make special items from scraps of wire from their homes to keep or give as mementos. With all of this success I decided to venture out into a bigger audience and eventually entered a contest. that I won, with Uncommon Goods focused on making items with recycled or reclaimed materials. That win lead to a contract with the catalog and it kept growing from there as I moved into wholesale.

It all happened so fast and was very exciting at first. Orders came in, bulk product went out. Then I realized that I was missing out on doing what I loved, making one of a kind items that were as special and unique as the person who will wear it. So once again, at the height of my second career, I found myself pivoting direction and returning to the roots of my passion. Taking materials that are unique with a history all their own, and transforming them into one of a kind heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come, just like that old house my husband and I renovated.

Now I am happily in this next phase of life where I am motivated by my own internal passions and choose uniqueness and quality over quantity. I enjoy meeting the person who chooses one of my items and hearing what moves them about a piece. I love connecting on social media with them and seeing how that piece brings them joy after it leaves my hands. People don’t need jewelry in their life, but it sure brings them happiness. I am proud and honored to be someone who added a piece of happiness of so many peoples lives.

I have a full time day job but what I really love to do is dive into my photography during my free time. I live with my family in Urbana and enjoy taking photos of the U of I campus, towns in the area, as well as more exotic photos from travels. It is our goal to someday become full-time rv'ers so that we can spend our time traveling and taking photos around the country. You can see my photos at www.leightrailphotography.com. I hope you enjoy them.

Hello all! My name is Kelsey Greene, I'm currently a student at the University of Illinois studying Social Work.
I'm a lover of all things outdoors and have a passion to capture the little things in life, the sunset over the rolling plains, the flowers just starting to bud after a harsh winter, the spider hanging from the tree branch or the water droplets after a rain. Mother nature is by far my favorite model, however, I do enjoy capturing the candid moments of events and can find the joy in taking posed pictures of individuals. I have a dream to share these moments with those around me, to capture a moment and make it infinite.
If you would like prints, or would like to set up a session feel free to e-mail me!

Photographic artist Larry Kanfer challenges himself to find the subtle beauty in the everyday. The Associated Press praises his work, saying, “Kanfer’s gift is that he can endow the ordinary landscape… with an almost magical sense of beauty.”

After receiving his degree in architecture from the University of Illinois in 1979, he opened his first photography gallery and studio here in Champaign, IL. Most well known for his Prairiescapes®, he has brought acclaim to the Midwest through award-winning calendars and original artwork capturing the beauty of the region. Kanfer has also created a variety of other major collections including Cityscapes, University of Illinois, Europe, China and now India. To date, seven coffee table books of Larry Kanfer images have been published, with "Chicagoscapes" being published by the University of Illinois Press this Fall. Larry Kanfer created the Veterans Day One-on-One Appreciation event through his Rotary Club and is currently growing this Veterans Day event to other Rotary clubs throughout Illinois. And he is proud to call central Illinois his home.

Fine arts artist working in charcoal, pencil, pastel, color pencil and watercolor. Most of my work involves portraits or figure drawings with forays into still life and landscapes now and then. For years I worked mostly with pencil. More recently I've returned to charcoal as it is a much more workable medium and allows greater flexibility in changing and correcting a drawing. I've also worked a great deal with color pencil, pastels, and watercolor in the past few years to broaden my experience in color. I'm also beginning to work with oil paints and hope to do much more with this medium in the future.

Last year I opened Enterprise Art Studio in a re-purposed building on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The building is well situated for easy access from US 45 and I-57. During the summer of 2013 we began holding life drawing sessions on Wednesday mornings and plan to begin holding both life drawing and portrait sessions beginning in 2014 in the early evenings. The sessions are open to all artists and mediums. More details coming soon.

We also participated in the Boneyard Arts Festival 2014, a first for Enterprise Art Studio, with about 30 people stopping by to see artwork by several local Rantoul artists. We also held a live portrait session with a model and multiple artists which allowed visitors to see how different artists approach the same subject.

www.barrydarnallartist.com

I am a photographer, in specific, a Panoramographer.

I am also an engineer, scientist and graphic artist.

But at the moment, my focus is creating panoramas - very large panoramas, known as Gigapans.

Film based fine art photographer

JD

I am a photographer based in Urbana, IL who specializes in wedding, landscape, and architecture photography.
My portfolio can be viewed at: www.jdmaloney.com
My blog of recent photos can be viewed at: www.blog.jdmaloney.com
Feel free to contact me at: jd@jdmaloney.com

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