Eric Tomberlin has lived and worked as a freelance photographer, artist, and educator in California, New York, Texas, Washington, and India. Eric received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
For the past six years, Lynne has been photographing water issues and climate change in Florida, across the country and around the world. She has worked with Waterkeepers, water advocates, scientists, and indigenous people in learning about issues affecting water and the riparian zone. She is publishing a book entitled Florida’s Changing Water: A Beautiful World in Peril, which is being published by George F. Thompson in early 2019. This image was made on a trip to Bangladesh, where she was working with Waterkeepers Bangladesh and the Blue Planet Initiative on climate change and pollution issues affecting this region. Since moving to Western North Carolina a year ago, Lynne has been photographing mountain ecosystems and has become interested in studying the effects of climate change and acid rain on the environment, as well as how fungi, trees, and plants help to ameliorate the affects of climate change.
Les Schmidt was born and raised in the Northeast, where frequent family trips to the shore and through farm country served as early influences. He moved to New Orleans in the early 1980s, where he became stimulated by the city’s rich history of artists, Old World architecture and famous waterways. Schmidt started shooting in 2000 after being asked to style photo shoots for a local modern architect and became instantly captivated by the art and process of photography. Les received his first 35mm camera and immediately enrolled in the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts twice winning the Owen Murphy Faculty Award for Photography. Schmidt primarily captures austere, decaying, coastal landscapes.
London Amara was born in Columbus, Ohio. She lives and works there and in Bonita Springs, Florida. In 1995, she studied painting, sculpture, and photography at Columbus College of Art and Design, and in 1999 relocated to Naples, Florida. There, in addition to making and exhibiting her work, she began teaching courses in the creative use of polymer resins, metals, and oxidation processes, and on the psychology of art making. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida, and will be lecturing in 2020 at Florida Southwestern College, home of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.
Following a car accident in 2009, Amara began to move away from biomorphic and gestural abstraction—and occasional use of handwritten text—that characterize her early work, instead producing drawings, paintings, metal sculptures, and prints that focus on the human body as form and metaphor. Currently, she is pursuing large-format collodion wet plate photography, creating intimate black-and-white portraits and haunting images of the wooded landscapes of Montana, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, California, and British Columbia. Additionally, Amara is creating a book scheduled for publication in 2020, and her exhibition, Ethos: The Alchemy of Spirit and Light will begin a national museum tour in 2021.
Donna Wesley Spencer has been working on her ongoing project “A Southern Diary” for the past six years. She is a founding member of Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL and divides her time between Evanston and Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Deeply connected to her Southern roots, Joy’s images reveal her endless intrigue with Georgia heritage and culture, mainly its sea islands and their dynamically stable surroundings. It serves as an ongoing inspiration for creating photographs that capture and reemphasize the importance of history and preservation of volatile places. Driven by an inherent love and beauty of her birthright, her images convey the natural through technology and back again with traditional mediums, principles and processes. Always exploring. Always experimenting. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has participated in several group exhibitions mainly at the Photopoint Gallery (Richmond Hill, GA), Location Gallery and the Telfair for the Arts (Savannah, GA). She is also Design Director at JOY Marketing.
Daniel Kariko is a North Carolina based artist, and an Associate Professor of Fine Art Photography in School of Arts and Design at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. Kariko is currently serving as an Assistant Director of the ECU School of Art and Design, and the Coordinator for the Undergraduate Programs.
Kariko’s images investigate environmental and political aspects of landscape, use of land and cultural interpretation of inhabited space. He worked on several long-term photographic projects in his native Serbia, recording the aftermath of the war in Balkans. Since 1999 Kariko documented the endangered wetlands and dramatic changes in the landscape in Barataria- Terrebonne region of South Louisiana. His other projects include documentation of foreclosed housing in Florida during the 2008-09 real estate crisis, and scanning electron microscope portraits of locally found insects.
Kariko’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, as: Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groeningen, The Netherlands; Yixian International Photography Festival, Huangshan City, China; Manchester Science Festival, UK; Rewak Gallery, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Edinburgh International Science Festival, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia; Rijeka Foto Festival, Croatia; Fries Museum, The Netherlands; Festival della Scienza di Verona, Italy; Photon Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; ArtCell Gallery, Cambridge, UK; and Galata Museo del Mare, Genova, Italy; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; and The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, NM.
Kariko’s work was featured in a number of online and printed publications, including: Nature, Art Papers, CNN Photos, National Geographic Proof, PetaPixel, Wired, Design Observer, and Discover Magazine.
Kariko received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and his Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in studio arts with a concentration in photography.
Casey Fox was born in Florida, raised in rural Tennessee and makes her home in Knoxville (by way of New Orleans). She began taking pictures in 2009. Her work was featured in the 2016 exhibition Totally Lost in Forli, Italy, and she had her first solo exhibition, Landscaped, in Knoxville in 2017. She posts on Instagram @knoxfille.