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Drifting Through Time.jpg

Layered image using all digital imagery.

Statue.jpg

Layered image using infra-red B&W and digital nature images.

Look in the MirrorSH.jpg

Layered image using all digital media.

Surfaces.jpg

Layered image using B&W analog film and a digital file.

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About Stephen

Baltimore County

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  Stephen Spartana received a BFA in Photography from MICA after 11 years, in and out of undergrad programs, a baseball scholarship, and 3 years working in a steel mill to raise the tuition for art school, graduating in 1983. After graduation, realizing its more rewarding to get paid for what you love than not get paid, he pursued a commercial photography career, spending 2 years as a photographer’s assistant before going out on my own. All the while, creating images for personal satisfaction... more

Interwoven

In this series Spartana creates dreamlike landscapes by combining the human form with multiple organic elements. It continues a concept from his earlier study, “Human-Nature,” which explored the interplay of black and white forms overlaid with details of flowers. Here, he expands the use of natural elements to include landscapes and details of nature during times of growth and decay.

Spartana says they are “like the strata of memories. The mirrored surface of water reflects skylight into a hidden hollow, revealing something new, yet familiar. The patterns of leaves or sedimentary rocks naturally suggest intricate tattoos. These compositional layers of elements give the viewer reason to look closer, to see beneath the surface. The interplay between the human form, organic elements, and the landscape create incredible beauty for me, as they are intertwined on earth, coexisting as one. We are of the earth, and how we treat our environment affects all of us.”

  • In Blue.jpg

    In Blue
    Multi-layered image that combines both digital and analog images printed on bamboo paper.
  • Redwood.jpg

    Redwood
    Multi-layered image that combines both digital and analog images printed on bamboo paper.
  • Seasons Change.jpg

    Season Change
    Multi-layered image that combines both digital and analog images printed on bamboo paper.
  • Rooted.jpg

    Rooted
    Multi-layered image that combines both digital and analog images printed on bamboo paper.

Human Nature

A body of work marrying images of human figures and flowers concentrating on strong colors and composition.

  • Alive.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Multi-layered image that combines the human form with a close up of a lily.
  • At Your Feet.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Multi-layered image that combines the human form with a close up of a flower.
  • Iris.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Marry a photo of an Iris with a human torso done with B&W film and polaroid color film.
  • Hug1.jpg

    Human-Nature
    C flower petal close-up forms the backdrop to a woman in a man's embrace.
  • Pirouette.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Play of shapes and textures caused by using color polaroid film and infra-red B&W film.
  • Tangled.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Cool blue tones of an orchid and a backdrop of a twisted figure giving a strong directional pull from earth.
  • Stillness.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Body floating as if in deep dream floating through space and time.
  • Surrounded.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Soft blend of an form , hands sweeping the body encased in the flow of a petal.
  • Flight.jpg

    Human-Nature
    Another in a series of human figures blending with tight flower photographs.

Spart's Garden

Collection of flowers shot tightly that accentuates the gentle curve and texture that are inherent in Flower petals.

  • Aqua Lily.jpg

    Close up shot of a lily accentuating the curves and texture of the flower.
  • Flower Shell.jpg

    Light dancing on the edge of flower petal, appearing in ways like a sea shell.
  • Soft Blue.jpg

    A micro shot of a blue flower with a very shallow focus.
  • Soft Spiral.jpg

    A Calla lily abstract that focus on the smooth upward spiral.
  • On a Wave.jpg

    A close-up photo of a flower that reminds me of the ocean and it's waves.
  • Sleep.jpg

    Spart's Garden
    Close-up that makes me think of a pod to curl up in.
  • Reach Out.jpg

    Spart's Garden
    The inner workings of a flower reminds me of our inner selfs.
  • Dancer.jpg

    Light and Form
    This view makes me think of a dancer and the twirl of the skirt being so graceful.

Phonagraphs

A collection of photographs shot on my LG4 varied in nature, but composed and shot in a way that is meant to have a more painterly look. Instead of the painters tools, there digital adjustment are done to enhance the viewer experience.

Intertwined

Stephen’s artwork is an extension of views of nature, humanity and our relationship to Earth. He believes strongly in a positive approach to life and our world, with the understanding that we, as stewards, have the responsibility of providing a better place for the next generation to thrive. He chooses to focus on the surprising beauty that surrounds us, encouraging the viewer to preserve our beautiful and fragile planet. The images are achieved by combining analog infra-red B&W images with digital shots made with Nikon D5.

  • Iris Enclosed.jpg

    Intertwined
    Layered image using analog infra-red B&W with digital nature images.
  • Sleeping on Rock.jpg

    Layered image using B&W infra-red analog film and digital nature images.
  • Venice Ghost.jpg

    Layered image using B&W infra-red analog film and digital nature images.
  • Statue.jpg

    Layered image using B&W infra-red analog film and digital nature images.