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 Although he has a highly creative position in the tech industry, he always felt the need to express his artistic side. Over the years, he has experimented with a wide variety of media, and it was in analogue photography that he found the perfect outlet to counter-balance his highly technical job.
Marcel holds an MSc in Computer Science and studies photography at the Open College of the Arts in the U.K.
Gene Dominique
Gene Dominique is a long time East Bay resident, with roots in the South Louisiana bayou country along the Teche. Gene earned a B.A. degree in photojournalism from San Jose State University and a law degree from U.C. Hastings College in San Francisco. Gene prac- ticed law for thirty years, privately and with an interna- tional financial services firm. In 2015 Gene returned to his real passion, a full-time art practice.
His explorations in photography encompass a deep dive into a variety of genres including documentary, abstract, still-life and portraiture. Gene’s contributions to the 2020 Spring Show illustrate his recent foray into the portrait studio as well as Gene’s ongoing interest in photo-documentary work. He made the portraits Will Conejo and Alejandra on the same day employing dif- ferent ideas for each. The portrait of Will Conejo was inspired by the Seattle-based photographer Edward S. Curtis who set out to document the lives of Native Americans in the early 1900s. Alejandra’s portrait was inspired by a simple idea: negative space. Georgie Girl
Now that I am back in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am focused on creativity, education, and community. In January of this year, I joined the art photography faculty at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, where I teach digital image-making and editing. Through my work- shops, talks at local photography clubs, and my online engagement, I seek to foster a creative community of photographers. Recently, I developed a private Face- book group for women photographers called "photog- rapHER"- a global community of active, talented, and enthusiastic women photographers providing inspira- tion, resources, and empowerment to one another. If you are a woman photographer, please visit the Face- book page and join us.
Catherine Duggan
Photography allows me to frame reality and capture it in a particular moment in time. There’s magic in capturing the wind, the flutter of wings, the movement of water or the clouds. Focusing on nature uplifts my spirit. When I get to see and capture natural beauty, I enjoy nature in a different way. Taking photos engenders discovery so that I see things in a new way.
Sharing images allows both the photographer and the viewer to see the majestic timeless beauty of the natural world. It may bring forth feelings the viewer would not have otherwise had.
To later view an image I’ve made, I can replicate the feeling of grandeur and awe in the experience of the original scene. The image allows me to not only recall
 There’s magic in capturing the wind, the flutter of wings, the move-
ment of water or the clouds. Focusing on nature uplifts my spirit.
– Catherine Duggan
 comes from a documentary series featuring Rick Ballard and his iconic Groove Yard Records in Oakland.
Neeley Drown
the experience but can also reframe my understanding. The viewer may also have a feeling of recall a memory of things that are triggered by the image but are not in the image.
Lois Elling
Photography allows me to be scientific, journalistic, and artistic, enabling me to explore what’s around me in ways I never could see before. It helps me discover and learn more about the world, whether from my back yard, a continent away or light-years away. The camera can see and record things the human eye can’t see, whether due to the object’s size, speed, lack of light, distance, or other reasons. This is a magical part of photography.
Thanks to a somewhat nomadic childhood, I gained a passion for travel and connecting with people from different cultures. I have just settled back down after exploring the world with my camera full-time for four years. During my travels, I photographed anything that caught my eye. I have always been a bit of a magpie, al- ways watching the light as it moves across the scene, revealing something that inspires me to make a photo- graph.
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