My personal interest in photography originated as a teenager, with my first forays creating black and white prints from film negatives in my high school darkroom. I put this interest on hold for a number of years during my science education in college and professional school. But as I emerged from the focus of my intensive professional training and discovered new photographic equipment and the digital darkroom, I have re-visited my earlier passion. I currently divide my time between Ithaca, NY where my husband is an astrophysicist at Cornell University, and Davis, California, where I am on faculty at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and so the bulk of my subjects are from these parts of the world. More recently I have started to explore subjects that celebrate various aspects the veterinary profession, from medical history to the animals that we treat.
I am personally drawn to striking images with depth and textural qualities, and I attempt to bring these characteristics to my own work. Overall, I strive for the images that I create to be evocative, to elevate above the simply documentary, but also to be representative of the time and place in which they were made. Similar to darkroom development in film photography, I adjust my 'digital negatives' to recreate what I felt and saw when the capture was made, and to try to honor the beauty around us. This requires a balance between photographic skill, artistic vision, and editing technique. For someone to display one of my images in their home or professional environment is one of the greatest compliments that I can think of, and I am very appreciative.
My work is exhibited and sold by a variety of businesses in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and can be found online at http://michele-steffey.artistwebsites.com.
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