2nd Place Award Winner – John Diephouse, USA
Photography & Digital Art Category

John Diephouse’s photograph “Expecting to Fly” is his second work to receive an award from Tall Sequoia Gallery! Having won the 1st Place in “Artists of the World” Exhibition with his work “Phase 1 & 2“, Mr. Diephouse wins the 2nd Place Award in our “Summer & Flowers” Exhibition with his work “Expecting to Fly”, Photography & Digital Art Category.

Like a shy child, the young sunflower peaks out form its crib to see the world. Mr. Diephouse (“John”), being self-taught, shows incredible talent in photography. Having a great eye for beautiful composition, skill for colour, depth of field and exposure allows John to create stunning works of art with his photography. In his winning work “Expecting to Fly”, the young sunflower is captured just at the beginning of its unfolding process, like a young chick expecting to unfold its wings and fly away from its nest.

“What I seek to share through my photography are images with which I have a strong and instinctive personal connection. Images may be simply documentary, invoke a sense of time and place, or resonate as an abstract blend of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.

Self-taught, my creative process follows an intuitive yet patterned path, from capturing a digital image through the process of interacting with and refining the image, searching for the combination of adjustments that produces the kind of instinctive connection I seek. Most often the images with which I have the strongest connection are those that do not produce an immediate reaction but provoke a response through repeated contact and consideration over time.”

All submissions were judged by our Guest Juror Diane Soward who commented: “Beautiful photograph of a young sunflower about to bloom. Excellent use of light, capturing the fine hairs on the stem. I enjoyed seeing another bud between the stems. Love that not all floral photographs need to be in full bloom to be beautiful.”

Artist’s Short Biography
Mr. Diephouse is a primarily self-taught photographer who migrated to digital photography about fifteen years ago. This transition marked a qualitative shift in both his interest level and satisfaction with the results, due to the advantages of digital over traditional film photography. The ability to take a large volume of images without the expense of film and the ease of edits in the “digital darkroom” has encouraged John to experiment and expand his skills significantly. After retiring from a professional management career, Mr. Diephouse has taken advantage of his time in retirement to more fully explore the technical and creative sides of this media more fully.At this point in his development, John seeks to share images with which he has a strong and instinctive personal connection. Images may be simply documentary, invoke a sense of time and place, or resonate as an abstract blend of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.

His creative process follows an intuitive yet patterned path, from capturing a digital image through the process of interacting with and refining the image, searching for the combination of elements that produces an instinctive but undeniable connection. Most often the images that provoke the strongest connection are those that do not produce an immediate reaction but provoke a response through repeated contact and consideration over time.

Mr. Diephouse has exhibited widely in local and regional exhibitions and have been published in Nature Photographer and Black & White Magazine. His photographs have won over 50 commendations for merit ranging from Honorable Mention to Best in Show. John’s photographs were also selected to hang in the Michigan Governor’s Mansion as part of a year-long exhibition highlighting the State of Michigan.

Please recognize John’s achievement by posting comments below!
-TSG

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