Portrait or Personal Image - Cheryl A Quigley

Thank you for visiting my site! Since picking up an old Rollei Twin Lens Reflex camera more than ... well, let's just say a long time ago ... I've been exploring a myriad of subjects on film or memory card. At first, inspired by great street photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, I began skulking around the city, secretly photographing colorful people in black and white. I developed and printed those film images in the lab at University of New Haven, where I took several photography classes while pursuing my B.A. in English. I soon learned that if I wanted to improve my skills as a street photographer, I needed to complement my "spy" photos with photos that actually engaged the subject; for that, I needed to ask people for permission to photograph them. I was never able to exercise that level of extroversion.

You don't need to ask a bird for permission to photograph her. Nor an ape, wild goat, or zebra. That knowledge, coupled with a newly developing interest in the natural world, led me to a long and joyful period of nature and wildlife photography.

Then one day, when I was living in Pasadena, California, I decided to explore places of interest in my own community. One of those places turned out to be the historic Thoroughbred racetrack, Santa Anita Park. I visited the track and stood at the rail with my Canon, ready to record my first race. But as the Thoroughbreds rounded the far turn and thundered toward me -- all power, athleticism, and grace -- I became so transfixed that I forgot to fire one frame. I was hooked. Now I happily divide my photo-taking time between wildlife and horse racing photography.

I'm especially interested in capturing motion in my images. Life is not static and I strive to convey that sense of motion through the use of techniques such as panning or simply extremely slow shutter speeds. I also use textures to lend depth and richness to an image. My images tend to be more impressionistic than representational. I try to record my feelings about a scene or subject. My horse racing images might reflect the excitement I feel at the track. My bird images often reflect the serenity and solitude I experience when I am peacefully camped out in the marsh. In either case, I most enjoy creating clean, uncluttered images with no distracting elements.

I hope you enjoy browsing my site and please contact me if you would like to discuss my images -- or yours!!


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