Dennis Sabo is an internationally honored photographer specializing in contemporary abstract, landscape, and seascape photography. His award-winning work has appeared in various publications, among them Canon, NOVA, PBS, Blue Planet, Portfolio Magazine (Feature story-May 2018) and the Anthology of Appalachian Photographers.
Today light, color and shapes play pivotal roles in Dennis’s photography as does the actual medium he has chosen most often to display his work, Metal Prints. Dennis Sabo’s stunning photography of the natural world captures light and its effect on the landscape. His fine art natural world abstracts and landscapes is often sought out by home decor and interior designers and has been included in solo and group art gallery exhibitions, commercial installations and private home collections throughout the United States and internationally.
Says Dennis, “When I capture an image it is my hope that it evokes an emotional experience for the viewer. Perhaps it is how the subject is bathed in light, perhaps it is the lines of the subject that draws you in, or simply it is an image that you enjoy viewing. My interest is in the natural details; how the environment on a particular day, in a particular light, and at a particular moment in time correlates to my personal vision and interpretation of nature. ”
The urban environment allows me a wide birth for my photography. As a pedestrian walking the streets, I love the challenge of seeking images that can visually tell a unique narrative of a city’s heart and soul. Everyday life, which can appear mundane, can also be engaging, amusing, and edifying. A city’s energy and randomness of its people, its diverse culture, aesthetics and design all work together to create a visual story of a place and time. In my travels and at home, I love to wander like a stray dog, knowing that something new is waiting to be discovered around every corner, in every city.
Within every city block there are windows with unique reflections. Created within their layered imagery is a surrealism that lies beneath the surface. A double exposure illusion where the reflection becomes the reality, suggesting that nothing is ever what it appears to be. These portrayals shake up our visual muscles allowing us to see the unusual in the usual. I am drawn to reflection and juxtaposition. Since childhood, I’ve had a penchant for mysteries and puzzles. Often in my work, I will patiently wait for a passerby to merge into the reflection. Each hidden component adds a touch of mystery that only becomes apparent to those that take the time to look more deeply.
Professional Photographers of East Tennessee
Arts & Culture Alliance
League of Scruffy Photographers
After 30 years in the auto industry, Robert relocated from Michigan to Knoxville and began a career in art. His interests have always been in exploring new methods in photography and the advent of digital imaging has presented new opportunities.
His art has evolved from traditional photographic work to using digital elements and techniques in the transformation of the image. Like many photographers he has sought methods to change an image giving a personal interpretation. Starting with a photo and using techniques such as digital brush work, color manipulation, filters and many other methods to create a completely new image. Most works are built from layers with a variety of colors, patterns and images. Each layer can be displayed at a different intensity level that will project to the surface.
Much of his work reflects the style of Robert Mapplethorpe’s isolated flowers. He has recently started to work with the process of “Double Exposure” this is the process of layering several photos or images together similar to collage. In general his work might be called “Enhanced Photography”.
His work can be seen locally at The Art Market Gallery and The Knoxville Museum of Art. He has taken classes at Pellissippi State Community College and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Most of his training has been self-directed and he has been inspired by the works of many artists.
Featured Artist Art Market Gallery January 2020
With a background in photojournalism, Synthia Clark is an award-winning photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee with a focus towards what she calls “the little things.” To Synthia, these are the obscure, usually unnoticed details all around us. When she isn’t working at the University of Tennessee, she displays her work in various outlets and enters photo competitions. From tree bark in her hometown of Rockwood, Tennessee to faded graffiti in the alleys of Bergen, Norway, Synthia has traveled to parts of the world photographing the minute details she has a passion for.
For me, the creative process of Art is the place where soul meets body. I’m constantly looking for and finding Art in the changing environments of daily life. There are a lot of subjects I enjoy painting including still lifes, nature, and portraits, but I am particularly drawn to older man-made structures…signs, commercial buildings, houses, barns, doors and windows and other structural or graphic details...remnants of times gone by. Some of them literally take my breath away and those are the ones I paint. I love the kitsch and character and craftsmanship of these relics and enjoy giving them new life on canvas.
Terri Swaggerty was a sidewalk portrait artist at the World’s Fair, Expo ’82. She then became self employed as a professional retouch artist (pre computer era), specializing in photo restoration and hand coloring. She received state and national awards as well as the Tennessee Artisan Degree from the TPPA in 1998. She fell naturally into wedding and portrait photography and soon received 1st place awards in both Wedding and Portrait categories from the TPPA. Terri still works part time as a Wedding and Portrait photographer. She also shoots Fine Art Photography.
Her career had left little time for painting but in 2013 she decided to pursue a lifelong dream to immerse herself in Art and develop her painting skills. She began studying with local artists including Seth Haverkamp. Kathie Odom, and Connie Gaertner. Terri has shown locally at TVUUC, The Tomato Head Restaurant, and Artemis Gallery in Apalachicola Florida.
She was awarded a Jurors Choice Award in Allscapes Knoxville 2016.
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