John:
I enjoy photography as a visual language. Photography allows me to portray a world that is an escape from reality. A world that is more ethereal, moody and symbolic. 
Many of my images are very graphic and minimalist. Often I will alter the light, and simplify the compositional elements to craft an image that stirs an emotion or tells a story.  
 Website: johnwiet.com


Tom:
This whole journey started at an age when I was too young to realize the long-term effects. Imagine having a tool that has so little power but yields such enormous consequences on our lives. I am fortunate in my pursuit to having acquired such like-minded friends to share exploring our most universal vessel of communication: visual images. As we pursue our interests, we learn to open our minds to others’ interpretations of the work we have carefully crafted.


Judy:
I started photography many years ago making traditional darkroom color slides.  I progressed into printing color and monochrome images, drifting occasionally into the world of non-standard modified imagery for unique and unusual images.  With the advent of digital photo manipulation, this became a larger draw for my creative vision.  Recently I became involved with infrared image capture, exploring the world of unique vision not visible to the normal eye.  I currently intend to devote most, if not all, of my creative energy to ethereal images.


Joe:
My first exposure to photography was in a Chicago Boy's Club Darkroom at 13 years of youth.  It was true magic and the bug bit hard.  After a short time I drifted away, but the bug lay dormant for almost 30 years and when it reawakened, I bought a camera and a used set of inexpensive darkroom equipment and moved into the laundry room for untold hours of pure ecstasy!  The hobby became a passion, camera clubs and their competitions became a quest for art and experimentation, and time literally flew by, especially when the digital environment exploded.
Today, I am happily involved in exploring the absolutely wonderful, powerful plethora of image manipulation tools in the various digital programs available to us.  I am no longer interested in "pretty pictures" only, but truly enjoy stretching the limits if there are any to produce extremely personal images.  Much, but not all, of my latest work has morphed into what I like to call photo based art.


Bonita:
I love photography.  It is an extension of myself, a medium of expression that documents a moment in time or illustrates a dream.  My images are eclectic, ever evolving, and focus primarily on the beauty and wonder of the natural world.  Whether I am portraying a subject in its finest light or creating an abstract rendering, I invite my viewer to pause, reflect and, most of all, enjoy.Website:   www.palmasprints.com


Chuck:
As a teenager he enjoyed a passion for wildlife photography and “Shot anything that moved!” At age 16 his interest in photography was accelerated by an award won of his dog Pepper from the Kodak National Newspaper Awards Contest. His interest grew as he used his camera to capture scenes from canoe trips in the Canadian wilderness, sports photography for the Purdue Yearbook and forensic photography of hundreds of collapsed structures he investigated over his 53 year engineering career. As a member of a few camera clubs he has  entered various competitions with emphasis on Nature and continues to learn and contribute as much as he can from his fellow club members.


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John:
I enjoy photography as a visual language. Photography allows me to portray a world that is an escape from reality. A world that is more ethereal, moody and symbolic. 
Many of my images are very graphic and minimalist. Often I will alter the light, and simplify the compositional elements to craft an image that stirs an emotion or tells a story.  
 Website: johnwiet.com


Tom:
This whole journey started at an age when I was too young to realize the long-term effects. Imagine having a tool that has so little power but yields such enormous consequences on our lives. I am fortunate in my pursuit to having acquired such like-minded friends to share exploring our most universal vessel of communication: visual images. As we pursue our interests, we learn to open our minds to others’ interpretations of the work we have carefully crafted.


Judy:
I started photography many years ago making traditional darkroom color slides.  I progressed into printing color and monochrome images, drifting occasionally into the world of non-standard modified imagery for unique and unusual images.  With the advent of digital photo manipulation, this became a larger draw for my creative vision.  Recently I became involved with infrared image capture, exploring the world of unique vision not visible to the normal eye.  I currently intend to devote most, if not all, of my creative energy to ethereal images.


Joe:
My first exposure to photography was in a Chicago Boy's Club Darkroom at 13 years of youth.  It was true magic and the bug bit hard.  After a short time I drifted away, but the bug lay dormant for almost 30 years and when it reawakened, I bought a camera and a used set of inexpensive darkroom equipment and moved into the laundry room for untold hours of pure ecstasy!  The hobby became a passion, camera clubs and their competitions became a quest for art and experimentation, and time literally flew by, especially when the digital environment exploded.

Today, I am happily involved in exploring the absolutely wonderful, powerful plethora of image manipulation tools in the various digital programs available to us.  I am no longer interested in "pretty pictures" only, but truly enjoy stretching the limits if there are any to produce extremely personal images.  Much, but not all, of my latest work has morphed into what I like to call photo based art.


Bonita:
I love photography.  It is an extension of myself, a medium of expression that documents a moment in time or illustrates a dream.  My images are eclectic, ever evolving, and focus primarily on the beauty and wonder of the natural world.  Whether I am portraying a subject in its finest light or creating an abstract rendering, I invite my viewer to pause, reflect and, most of all, enjoy.Website:   www.palmasprints.com


Chuck:
As a teenager he enjoyed a passion for wildlife photography and “Shot anything that moved!” At age 16 his interest in photography was accelerated by an award won of his dog Pepper from the Kodak National Newspaper Awards Contest. His interest grew as he used his camera to capture scenes from canoe trips in the Canadian wilderness, sports photography for the Purdue Yearbook and forensic photography of hundreds of collapsed structures he investigated over his 53 year engineering career. As a member of a few camera clubs he has  entered various competitions with emphasis on Nature and continues to learn and contribute as much as he can from his fellow club members.


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