Third Place, 2D
18 x 12 x .1", framed to 24 x 18 x 1"
A freight train speeds across the Atlantic Coastline Railway Bridge under a view of the Milky Way. This photo is one of a series of photographic compositions created to take the viewer back to a time when light pollution did not hide the stars, planets and The Milky Way in all but the darkest spots
I am a semi-professional photographer who was late in discovering that a tenacious drive to learn and a touch of creativity could lead to a career very different from my llife-long work in business and politics. I specialize in photographing landscapes, animals & people in places and situations where most people can't, or won't, go. For instance, I am willing to roam deserted locations in the middle of the night to shoot the Milky Way and I will sit for hours in the summer sun to catch the "prisms" created by the wings of a hummingbird backlit by the sun's rays.
My strategy for finding and photographing interesting subjects is simple...... "If it rains, look for a rainbow. If it's dark, look for the stars."
I spent most of my career as an entrepreneur creating and growing new businesses and organizations in industries as diverse as genetic microbiology and used auto parts, but I didn't think of myself as creative until I re-discovered my interest in photography while working from home during the COVID isolation in 2020 and 2021. I am definitely still a beginner, but I enjoy competing and exhibiting photos in several central Virginia galleries. My biggest "win" so far came when my photo of the Milky Way taken on a South Carolina beach won third place in the 2022 Washington Post Travel Contest. I also have an exhibit space at Crossroads Art Center and I welcome you to visit my website at stanmaupinphotography.com