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 Cathy Cakebread
I have been taking photographs for as long as I can re- member, from my Kodak Brownie and Polaroid Swing- er to my Sony DSLR and now my iPhone. Photography has provided me with a chance to see our world in a dif- ferent way, to take the time to notice the details and the wonders of nature, to appreciate a beautiful sunset, and how the sunlight filters through the petals of a flower. To notice the texture of a rock and the jewels of pebbles on the beach. I have always been especially drawn to flowers and the amazing details in each blossom.
signed up for beginning black and white at San Mateo College in California. It was a magical moment to wit- ness my first image gradually appear on paper in the developer. Photography soon became my passion. Al- though I have now gone digital, my love for black-and- white imagery has never faded.
I am mainly interested in landscapes, city life, and still life objects. A friend of mine, upon looking at my pho- tos, once told me that they reminded him of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. They invoke a certain kind of nostalgia. It is by no means about sadness or regret.
 It was a magical moment to witness my first image gradually appear on paper in the developer. Photography soon became my passion. Al- though I have now gone digital, my love for black-and-white imagery has never faded.
 I was lucky enough to travel to Cuba, where I had the opportunity to photograph ballerinas. My intent was to capture the motion and grace that is inherent in ballet. To catch the ballerina immersed in a twirl, unfolding like a flower.
Susan Carnahan
Susan Carnahan is a fine art photographer who special- izes in nature and travel photography. Since 2007, her main focus has been photographing the world’s fifteen crane species, most of which are endangered. Her work merges fine art and conservation photography.
Susan’s crane portfolios bring awareness to the cranes’ fragile status, as well as their beauty and status as a flag- ship species, upon whose survival other species depend.
She has traveled to various states, and to China, Rus- sia, Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia in her pursuit of these elegant birds. To date, she has photographed eight cranes species in the wild and had her work fea- tured in local publications, exhibitions, and the book Wildlife Beyond Borders. She is now a member of the board of the International Crane Foundation.
Photographing cranes has allowed Susan to learn to love and photograph other birds, as well as the habitats in which they live.
Larry Chan
A native Hongkonger, I’m a software engineer by trade. I picked up photography as a hobby in 2003 when I
– Larry Chan
Rather, it’s akin to recalling one’s first love, someone who was a significant part of your life.
John Chatoian
As an explorer of light, shapes, textures, and forms, I use photography to express my artistic vision. My lifelong fascination with and exploration of these ele- ments, together with my love of nature and landscapes at all scales, has crafted and guided my photography, and my life in general. In my teen years and early adult- hood, I was influenced by the works of Ansel Adams, Anne Brigman, Alfred Stieglitz, and Ruth Bernhard. In the last decade, masters such as Oliver Klink, Geir and Kate Jordahl, and Michal Kenna have greatly expanded my creative vision and exploration of this very fascinat- ing world. I’ve been honored to have my work receive awards at juried exhibitions and placed into private col- lections.
Harry Chen
Harry Chen is a resident of Hayward and a visual artist focusing in beauty & glamour, portraiture, and travel. During the last several years, he has been developing a sense for street photography. The images for this exhib- it include photographs from the Red Square in Moscow, Union Square in San Francisco, and from Firenze, Italy.
Harry shoots both film and digital, creating archival gi- clee prints in his home studio. He is always open to new ideas and in collaborating with other artists, designers, and printmakers.
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