Sandra Irwin

Sandra Irwin

I am a retired attorney turned poet and writer. After retirement, I got two master’s degrees in writing. I have published a number of poems and a poetry chapbook, Quiet, available at Finishing Line Press under the category of New Women’s Voices. I have also published 2 short stories.

As a photographer, I am basically without credentials. I started with a brownie camera as a child. (Anyone else old enough to have done that?) You mailed it back and they sent you the photos and a new camera. More recently, when my youngest was in high school and was on the swim team and in water polo, I bought a good camera and telephoto lens and took 10,000+ digital photos over the 4 years and did photo booklets each season for the kids and printed out enlargements for them of the best ones I had.

In 2014 I took a great photography course at Art Center at NIght (I live in San Marino, CA, next door to Pasadena). Three-quarters of our time was spent on Lightroom. Then I started my second MFA course, and I didn’t do any photos at all and forgot everything. Now I have graduated and I am working to regain my fluency with Lightroom and to master my new camera and refresh my memory about my various lenses. I love photography in general, but in particular I like doing aesthetic work, such as macro photography of something that is so close-up it is virtually unrecognizable. Then I work it up in Lightroom to try to make it look like abstract art or just aesthetically pleasing. As a result, I have joined both a Macro group and a Fine Arts group. I hope to improve my skills and look forward to learning from all the rest of you!