Arts & Photography

Stephen Voss, Photographer

Introduced by M.G. Hudson

Dignity Village's new site out by the airport was problematic for a number of reasons. One of the most obvious issues was the pooling of water when it rained. During the winter, it is frequently (even constantly) raining, and in order to keep their tents dry, the residents used wooden pallets to raise their tents above the wet ground. I thought the emphasis of the wooden pallet pointing towards the viewer and the colorful tent tarps made for a powerful photo.

Technical Data: Shot using Fuji NPH, and a 17-35 mm lens

Do the mysterious reflected objects in the photo make you wonder what this is all about? If so, Stephen Voss succeeded in the first job of the photographic artist, to make you look more. In this age of hurry and hype it is refreshing to encounter an artist with a clear vision and lenses. Voss is an articulate, self-reflective photographer who cares deeply about the people and images as well as the abstract designs of form and light he creates with his camera. He demonstrates a remarkable range of insight and skill in his material, an achievement for an artist of any age let alone in one as young as he. He is a transplant from the East Coast who has quickly established roots into the fertile soil of the Northwest art and design scene. With a degree in computer science, I wonder where Voss developed such a keen design aesthetic but the answer lies in his history. He has been taking pictures most of his life. As Imogine Cunningham said, train your eye, take pictures every day, even if you only have a Brownie. It seems Voss took her advice, although I think he may have never had a Brownie. He is patient, often waiting for just the right shot at the right moment. And he is very much in love with the camera, his enthusiasim honed to a zen-like knowing the right moment.

The following is a sampler of
Stephen Voss' work: his outdoor, editorial and documentary subjects, all with Voss's own comments (and technical details for fellow photographers). Visit Stephen Voss's web pages for more information on his photography and his outstanding web designs. He is an photo artist and web designer to follow.

This image is from the Sea Lion exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. I had taken a number of pictures of just the sea lions, but realized that the people standing in front of the glass made for compelling silhouettes. After waiting for about twenty minutes, this little boy walked right down in front of the glass and made this shot.

Technical Data: Shot using a Canon D30 and 70-200mm lens.

I made this image on a hike down to Short Sand Beach, a secluded beach in Oswald West State Park. In order to capture the movement of the water, I scrambled over some rocks to get in the middle of the stream, and used a long shutter speed to blur the motion of the water.

Technical Data: Shot using Fuji Velvia, 35mm film, and a 17-35mm lens.

Longwood Gardens is a world-renowned garden conservatory located near Philadelphia. While there were many landscape shots to be made, I found that focusing on the smaller plants and delicate flowers made for the best pictures. I bounced a light off the ceiling in order to highlight the purple flowers shape.

Technical Data: Shot using Fuji Velvia, 35mm film and a 100mm macro lens.

I came across these mushrooms on a rainy day along the Oregon Coast. I mounted my camera on a tripod about 8 inches off the ground and focused on the center of the mushroom to the far left. A fill flash was used to illuminate the brilliant colors of these mushrooms without lighting up the background.

Technical Data: Shot using Fuji Velvia, 35mm film, and a 17-35mm lens.

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