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 I’m especially drawn to patterns, both natural and man- made, wildlife (large and small), macro photography, subjects with interesting light, and our grandchildren. I enjoy using photography to learn more about the nat- ural sciences, record my experiences, or create images that are beautiful to look at.
One of my first cameras was a Kodak Instamatic. Later, I borrowed and used cameras that my parents owned, including a twin-lens reflex and a Kodak Retina range-
monies. My three photos are printed with archival inkjet on museum-grade rag matte paper and mounted with acid-free mats. Two photos are custom framed with Mu- seum Glass®. My website is
Laurie Phuong Ertley
My photography is influenced by my 20- year career as a psychotherapist. My office is a safe haven where we dive
 I look for the sacredness of life and the beauty that resides within. Through my empathic connection and awareness, each moment is unique ....Out of this vision brings forth a love for all living creatures.
 finder. After getting married, I purchased my first seri- ous camera and learned how to control my images using aperture, shutter speed, and film speed.
After raising a family, the digital photography revolu- tion gave me the chance to really explore, learn, and grow.
Brian Ertley
In 2019 my wife and I traveled with a small group to the far western Mongolian province of Bayan-Ölgii. We had the rare privilege of staying with "berkutchi" or no- madic Kazakh herders and golden eagle hunters. Their ancient traditions continue on in this rugged landscape, where the temperature swings between +-40°C.
While staying at camp, I was captivated by the close relationship between humans and the animals they de- pended on for survival. I want my viewers to feel what it’s like to roam and be free in that wide-open space.
My first two photos are environmental portraits in the foothills of the Altai mountains. “Taking Flight” shows a hunter on horseback with his highly trained golden eagle.
In “Seven Riders Arriving,” an 11-year old girl is among the group of hunters traversing a valley near the Chinese border.
My third photo, “Autumn Waterfall,” is a landscape in central Mongolia. It was bitterly cold that afternoon and snowfall would come soon. We visited here after hiking to a mountain monastery, one of the few which survived Communist rule.
I have been taking photographs for 16 years, capturing landscapes, environmental portraits, and cultural cere-
– Bruce Finocchio
into the unspoken realms of human hope and suffering. Naturally, when I hold the camera, I am drawn towards the complex landscape of the human face.
In Western Mongolia, women and men live a nomad- ic life in tandem with horses, camels, and eagles. It’s a partnership as old as time, and one that is on the brink of disappearing. Yet there is a silver lining: the young Kazakh women represent the unconquered spirit of the last remaining nomads, as well as the promise of their future. As women, they complete the story of man’s domineering nature with an emergent, female power. One that is needed now more than ever. In my eyes, they are living proof of humanity’s evolutionary prom- ise: to become a people who dare to be fearless, able, and irrepressibly kind.
The images were taken during a visit to the Altai No- mad Games, a competition for indigenous people held in the Altai mountains. Where in the past, this was an event exclusively for men, today young women are also vying for the prize of "Best Eagle Hunter." My website is
Bruce Finocchio
I look for the sacredness of life and the beauty that re- sides within. Through my empathic connection and awareness, each moment is unique and special. Em- bodying more than just the physical; it’s a window into the spirit world.
Out of this vision brings forth a love for all living crea- tures.
Knowing within my heart that this captured beauty can stir the soul, instilling a belief that the web of life can

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