Member Bios

Dick States

Dick States

Dick is a horticulturist, retired educator of 35 years teaching horticulture, and published author of educational slide series for The Ohio State University. I purchased my first camera in 1973. It was a used Nikon and several used lens. The one lens was a Nikon 55mm macro lens. I had just started teaching horticulture and required my students to learn to identify many different trees and shrubs. I had a problem; no slide series. In those days, to teach, plant ID, you had to have slides. That's when I started taking and putting together my own slide series, which was published, and that started my love for macro and close-up photography. Dick was state winner in Cameras in the Curriculum sponsored by Kodak and the Ohio Education Association. He has won many awards in photography and has more than 50 covers on the Buckeye the publication for the Nursery and Landscape Association. His specialty is close-up (macro) flower photography. He has received four gold medals from PSA as a member of the Warren Photographic Society.




Georges Dormoy

Georges Dormoy

Born in the French Caribbean (Guadeloupe) in 1948 I started photography when I was 10 years old, favouring travel, landscape and nature. My father let me use his Rolleiflex bulky camera, but my very first camera was a Voïglander, and then a Yashica, using 25 ASA Kodachrome films.
When I moved to the USA to live there during 3 years from 1974 to 1976, I was living in Port Washington (Long Island, New York). My passion for photography led me to be a co-creator of a new camera club in town, named "Port Washington Camera Club" in which I learned a lot in photography, simply by participating in photo contests and discussions with other club members. I built up my photo equipment in the Nikon brand, starting with the F2, then the F2s. My favorite subject was abstract pictures and macro photography (close-up). I was also particularly fond of the autumn colors of trees in the nice residential areas of Long Island.

After this period, I moved to Geneva (in 1977) for professional reasons and worked there during 20 years. I joined the camera club named "Société Genevoise de Photography" and participated in many contests, focusing in macrophotography, abstract, nature (the swiss mountains) and travel. My profession (economist in commercial aviation) led me to visit 68 countries in the world and flying over 3 million kilometres in commercial aircraft, giving me the opportunity to take many pictures around the world. I continued upgrading my Nikon equipment, acquiring a F3 in 1983 and then an F4 in 1988.

Then I moved to Montreal (Canada) in 1997. I got into my first digital camera (Nikon D90) in 2008 and upgraded regularly to higher camera models (D100, D700, D800, D850 and now Z7).
I retired a few years ago and discovered lately a fantastic camera club in the Laurentides named "Club Photo des Pays-d’en-Haut) which gave me again the motivation I needed to continue my passion for photography. Still focusing on travel photos, macrophotos and nature/landscape. A new subject of interest hs been "Creativity".




Lynne Hollingsworth

Lynne Hollingsworth

I've been interested in photography since high school. From landscapes to macro, I enjoy it all. I think of photography as a form of self expression. With each image I try to capture reality one moment at a time.




Janet DiMattia

Janet DiMattia

After retiring 14 years ago from teaching in CT, relocated to Cape Cod, MA.
Here, the ever-changing natural environment provides a multitude of opportunities to photograph. Cape Cod also is the home of several camera clubs, one of which is Cape Cod Viewfinders (CCVCC), of which I am a member and the area offers photography workshops, etc. throughout the year.
My longtime interest and participation in birding activities, outdoor ventures and the volunteering I do in nature-orientated organizations have augmented my main focus - bird photography. Now it is the time to experience, expand and enjoy all forms of photographic expression.
Participation in an on-line dialogue is a new adventure for me. I am sure I will enjoy and learn from it.




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James Silliman

James Silliman

Jim Silliman
Photographer

When working in the field, I prefer nature and landscape photography. Although I have a great love for large format black and white photography, I enjoy the mobility and functionality of 35mm digital imagery, with a particular interest in close-up/macro photography.
I became seriously interested in photography in late the 60's. Although basically self-taught, I took my first official photography classes as a graduate student. Over the years I have worked as a freelance photographer as well as worked for a photography studio in Roanoke, VA. While on the faculty at Longwood College, now Longwood University, I taught classes in basic photography and Pinhole photography. I have been lucky enough to have studied under such influential photographers as Ansel Adams and Marie Cosindas. Most recently, I taught photography through the Community Education Program at St. Catharine College. Today, much of my subject matter can be found in the back yard gardens nurtured by neighbors and my wife, Evelyn.
Jim and his wife Evelyn, a potter, have resided in Bardstown, KY for the past twelve years. Both are exhibiting artists at Bardstown for the Arts/The Gallery.




Barbara Hunley

Barbara Hunley

I am retired after working over 30 years and many long hours with the Texas Legislature and have the time now to enjoy one of the things I enjoy most, photography. It is a way to create and express artistry to others.

My interest in photography began in 2005 when I purchased my first DSLR camera. I decided to enter a picture in a local TV station contest and it won Picture of the Month so I was hooked. Since that time, I have pursued my interest in photography taking classes, mentors, and becoming a member of a camera club.

Photography encompasses many forms of artistic composition through the lens of a camera whether it be portrait, landscape, nature, people or macro. I enjoy all genres of photography but I find what inspires me the most is macro or closeup photography. The mystery of detail found deep inside a beautiful bloom or the colorful detail on an insect is an awesome experience. Landscape photography is another medium that I enjoy and especially in the fall when trees are at their peak bursting with color.




Charissa Lansing

Charissa Lansing

My interest in photography as a personal hobby was launched about ten years ago. I put aside the disposable film cameras (that I purchased frequently for making family snapshots) and invested in a point-and-shoot, digital camera. My purpose was to make flower images to send to my mom, who could no longer work in her beloved garden due to a progressive illness. In the spring of 2009, I wanted more control over my images and invested in a DSLR camera (Canon Rebel XSI) and a seminar with a local photographer to learn some photography basics. The following spring I joined our local camera club and a few months later the PSA. One valuable benefit of joining the PSA was the opportunity to complete Jon Fishback's beginner and later some advanced photography courses!

My husband and I have been married for 45 years and have lived in Champaign, Illinois, a rural community and university town, for the past 30 years. We love to travel when time allows. I am an emeriti professor at the university here with expertise in speech and hearing science. My research has focused on auditory rehabilitation, on topics such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory-visual speech perception, and the impact of hearing loss on the quality of life.

There are many facets of photography that interest me, although making images of flowers is probably my favorite subject. I am intrigued by close-up and macro photography. I hope to learn from the members of the digital dialogue study group and improve my technical skills, image composition, and the impact of my images. I am learning what it is to be a photographer and strive to become a keen observer of nature and succeed at sharing what I see.