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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

CHARLES C. THOMAS, JR.

CHARLES C. THOMAS, JR.

Artist Work

Mountain Waves
10.18.06
Digital Photography
13"x19" or larger
Winter on the Youghioghany
03.03.05
Digital Photography
13" x 19" or larger
Coneflower Exploded
02.06.06
Digital Photography - Computer Manipulated
13"x19"
Intensity
07.17.04
Digital Photography - Computer Manipulated
13"x 19"
Flaming Dahlia
10.31.04
Digital Photography - Computer Manipulated
13"x19"
Reflecting Pond
11.11.06
Digital Photography
13" x 19" or larger

Artist Information

County
Allegany County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My photography is focused on capturing elements of nature--primarily flowers, wildlife, and landscapes. A substantial amount of my work involves extremely close-up shots of flowers which reveal the beauty and intricacy of even their smallest elements. I do not consciously try to make a statement through my photography. To the extent there is a subconscious statement because of my choice of subjects, it is the incredible beauty of nature even in its most minute form.

Artist Bio

I am a photographer living in Allegany County. Photography was not my chosen field, but, a hobby which has turned serious as of late. I have no formal education in photographer only the desire and thirst to learn whatever I can from others and books. I am not one to follow the "rules" of photography and some of my photographic work will prove that, but, I feel that following the rules will only place you in the same area as all other photographers and will not make your work stand out. I attribute my affinity for nature in all its forms to the fact that I grew up on the grounds of Herrington Manor State Park in Garrett County, Maryland, where my father was the Superintendent and I had nature all around me through my early years and was taught to appreciate its beauty and cherish it as a gift. I work exclusively with a digital camera which allows me not only to capture the images I compose in my viewfinder but also permits me to create photographic art. Many of my photographs are "untouched", while others I have manipulated with the assistance of a computer to produce a particular mood or effect. I am the Vice President of the Cumberland Cultural Foundation and very active with the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts in Cumberland, Maryland . I am also a member of the Allegany County Arts Council, the Allegany Area Arts Alliance, and the Garrett County Arts Council.