Skin Show by Robert Marc

They say beauty is only skin deep. Deep within our cells, apparently, as Robert Marc illustrates with our newest Snappola! print. There’s a wealth of scientific data in this image that Dr. Marc’s computers will analyze, but Skin Show reminds us that the boundary between science and art is in the human experience of the image.

Skin Show by Robert Marc

About the artist

Robert Marc is a sensory biologist and imaging enthusiast. He started his career in the 1970s by creating the first chromatic cone map of the retina. Since then he has invented ever-evolving imaging tools to capture molecular snapshots of cellular communities. His work has been published in many journals including Science, Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and PLoS Biology. Robert describes his artistic impulse as being: "… an eleven-year old trapped in a 60 year old body. Even since I got my first microscope I have been entranced by the beauty of small structures. And creating molecular images is like inventing new kinds of film every day. It is Calvin’s transmogrifier."

About the image

Composited from molecular images, the red, green and blue channels represent the patterns of the molecules taurine, glutathione, and glutamic acid in an ultrathin slice of skin. This molecular fingerprint exposes the different cells that are woven into the microfabric we call skin. For the techno-geeks: Image tiles were captured at a resolution of 182 nanometers/pixel with a Peltier-cooled QImaging Fast 1394 QICAM and a Surveyor montaging system on a Scan 100X100 Marzhauser stage.

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image size: 9.5″ x 5.7″

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Stephen Pace presents “Fishing Boats, Levanto, Italy”

I’m staggered to report that Stephen Pace is hiding out. Love or hate it, Facebook is unavoidable for photographers. Today’s artist, Stephen Pace, has finally, reluctantly, (kicking and screaming), bowed to the borg. Won’t you friend him today? He’s got plenty, but not in Facebook-land. Let’s introduce him to the marvelous time-wasting, 6 degrees-of-Kevin Bacon, FarmVille goodness of the new millenium. No doubt he’d rather be in Italy, where he photographed his study in blue and white for Snappola!’s first release in 2012. Snap ‘em up!

"Fishing Boats, Levanto, Italy" by Stephen Pace

About Stephen

Stephen says, "I have always loved being outside. The beauty and inspiration of the natural world always surprises me. As our world becomes ever faster paced, I think we all can benefit from tuning in to the world around us. Photography give me a way to convey that intrinsic, necessary connection to others who might not be able to get to these places in person, but can appreciate them none the less." See more of his work at www.stephenpace.com

About the image

"We arrived in Levanto, at the edge of the Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean coast Italy, late on a May afternoon. The hotel was a block from the beach so we took a walk on it after dinner. As the sun was going down I spotted some fishing boats at the far end of the beach and headed over. The light was fading, and I managed to get a few frames before it was gone. This image captures the soft, lovely light and mood of that evening. It was a magical time to be there on the beach, with the smells of the sea and the warm evening breezes. The image is immediately recognizable as the Italian coast by the shape of the boats and their distinctive blue and white tarps."

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Retooling for 2012


Look for Snappola! in 2012 with more great artists and fantastically priced, collectible prints.

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Scott Peterson at the Louvre

I think Scott Peterson must be a romantic at heart. He loves photographing beautiful women, big cities, coffee, his wife, art and fly-fishing. Not necessarily in that order. We met at a weekly coffee klatch, surrounded by a gaggle of photographers. He drinks his coffee, gently schools the old-timers, mentors the newbies, then quietly goes off to do the work. For 35 years he’s been doing the work. Scott pays the bills with commercial assignments, but feeds the soul with his personal work. He’s got an amazing series of dozens of women photographed in the same black dress. Someday we will see that series in a major NYC or Paris gallery, but that’s for a different day (and definitely NSFW). Today we have a fine art print of Louvre, drama, light and art, as only Scott saw it. Available today in a limited edition of 100. Snap ‘em up.

Louvre by Scott Peterson

About Scott

After studying photography at Utah State University, I moved to New York City and began my career as a photography assistant for major fashion photographers Claude Mougin and Chris Callas. When I returned to Salt Lake City I became the principal free-lance photographer for the ZCMI department store chain, winning awards for advertisements in magazines such as Vogue, Seventeen, Glamour and Modern Bride. For over 35 years I have maintained a working commercial photography studio shooting a variety of products for many national companies. During that time I have worked continually on my photographic art, showing in many exhibits from Salt Lake City to New York. My photos are in private and group collections throughout the country. When I’m not shooting, you can find me wading through a stream fly-fishing or creating good eats in the kitchen.

About the image

I’ve always loved the photographers of Paris: Kertesz, Brassai and Cartier-Bresson. My first trip to Paris was a first a photographic challenge and second one of inspiration. I’ve lived in Manhattan and Milan, but to me Paris was a time capsule that took me back to the golden age of those photos. Despite it’s contemporary content, this photo seems to echo those photos taken century earlier.

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Erin Hooley presents Dave Castillo

The common wisdom is that people only buy pictures of people who are famous. Snappola! is betting that there are 100 collectors who venture beyond the common folk, because this week’s image of Dave Castillo is spectacular.

Erin Hooley photographs for the Ogden Standard-Examiner, with national recognition for her photo essay on Ogden’s strip club dancers. You can see that series (NSFW) on her website, www.heavyglow.com.

The strip club work is compelling, but there’s more. Today’s image comes from Erin’s personal work on the Mixed Martial Arts fight community. She says, “In 2009, I began photographing the story of MMA fighters and culture in Utah as a personal challenge and adventure into shape, contrast and texture, and found suspense and determination, skin and muscle, pain and adrenaline, bitter defeat and tearful jubilation.”

Erin had to find her own approach the subject: “MMA is male-dominated and testosterone-driven, so part of the challenge for me as a woman has been accessing everything beyond the cage and tapping into the fighter psyche. What drives one to train for months, perfecting body and mind, only to step into the ring to punch, kick and choke an opponent into submission or risk pain, injury and humiliation?”

“The answer was in exploring the periphery: finding male and female fighters, young people new to the sport, spectators and people who teach mixed martial arts, to photograph both large events and aspiring fighters in small, dirty gyms.”

Who knows, Dave Castillo may make it to the big time in his sport. It could happen, and then 100 collectors will be lucky enough to own today’s release and say they heard of him when he was an up-and-coming fighter in the Utah clubs. And even if Dave doesn’t reach his dream fight, Erin’s image is a keeper. Available today in a limited edition of 100. Snap ‘em up.

Dave Castillo by Erin Hooley

"I want to start looking out more and get away from just looking in—contemplating the navel of my own void. I want to look out at the world and see it and seize it and maybe even enrich it."

Erin Hooley of Boulder, Colorado has worked as a staff photographer at the Standard-Examiner in Ogden since 2007. She studied journalism and photography at the University of Colorado and found a passion for photojournalism in making pictures of antiwar protests and the political aftermath of 9/11. Erin also paints, draws and combines photographs with mixed media in personal journals and projects. She also loves cooking spicy food, embarking on spontaneous adventures and is a rabid hockey fan. See more of Erin’s work at www.heavyglow.com.

Erin says, “I began photographing the story of mixed martial arts fighters and culture in Utah as a personal challenge and adventure. Many local shows take place in whatever venue is affordable and available to smaller promotional companies. I photographed Dave Castillo, an up and coming fighter who will probably someday join the Ultimate Fighting Championship pros, warming up in the basement of a warehouse in Ogden.”

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Holiday Giveaway

Snappola is taking this week off to enjoy turkey, football and the local art scene, not necessarily in that order. But we’ll be back: there’s a great new print already packaged up for you next week, ready to roll out on Tuesday.

As the holiday shopping madness explodes around us, we hope you will consider supporting your local artists and photographers with your gift budget. To do our part, we are going to give away a set of the first five Snappola! editions, one set a week for the next five weeks. Each of our Facebook fans, Twitter followers and mailing list subscribers is eligible to win, so sign up for your weekly Snappola! release announcement. Sign up all three ways, triple your chances of winning, and be first to find out about each new print.

Here’s to a peaceful, creative and joyful holiday season to all.

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Bryan Jones and the Metabolomic Eye

Folks, this week at Snappola! we’ve got a real, honest-to-goodness version of Buckaroo Banzai in Bryan Jones. You might know him as a retinal neuroscientist. He’s worked as an embedded photographer on a nuclear submarine. He’s been a sous chef and a racing pit crew team member. I have known Bryan for at least ten years, and still conversations with Bryan usually wind up with me asking “how did you meet him?” and “why do you know that?” He’s a modern renaissance man.

A microscope is a fancy optic that these days is attached to a very expensive camera. Even an ape of a graduate student can be taught the rudiments of image capture on such a microscope. But very infrequently you will find a scientist who not only uses it as a data collection device, but also as a tool in the art of seeing. In today’s Snappola! release, Bryan presents us with a beautiful representation of the eye. It isn’t necessary to understand the scientific implications of the data contained in “Metabolomic Eye” to see the beauty in its form and color. Bryan doesn’t much promote sales of his prints (science kind of gets in the way of a fine art photography career), so this is a unique opportunity to own this amazing image. Only 100 in the limited edition, so snap ‘em up.

Metabolomic Eye by Bryan Jones

Bryan William Jones is a retinal neuro- scientist and photographer whose scientific work involves disorders of retinal degeneration and how those diseases affect the wiring and structure of the retina. Bryan’s photographs have been shown in PBS, The Washington Times, Wired, World Politics Review, Warship International, and Combat Aircraft, and in the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and art installations and performance art, including Waves of Mu. See more of Bryan’s work at: prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/

This image is a series of three 200 nanometer thick sections of a mouse eye through each layer of the retina, illustrating the complex nature of the over 70 types of cells that make up a mammalian eye. Each physical section has been cut with a diamond knife, thinner than the wavelength of light. Each section is probed with an engineered antibody for a single amino acid, in this case taurine, glutamine and glutamate and assigned to red, green and blue color channels respectively, generating the composite computational image.

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Trent Nelson: Royalty

Far too many photographers I’ve met have egos the size of city buses. Not our Trent Nelson. When you meet him, he won’t tell you that he’s the Chief Photographer for the Salt Lake Tribune. Or that he’s shot 3 Olympics. 2 NBA Finals and an NCAA Final Four. Least of all that he won the Utah press Photographer of the Year. Three times.

Reading his blog won’t tell much of that either. What you will find out is:

  • He eats far too much junk food
  • He frequents thrift shops and Walmart between assignments
  • He encounters weird characters on Utah’s streets
  • He sees stuff most people miss. And he gets the shot.

For Snappola’s second release, we are thrilled to offer Royalty by Trent Nelson. Printed in an edition of 100, they won’t last long, so snap ‘em up.

Royalty by Trent Nelson

Trent Nelson has spent his career photographing the people of the American West. He has been a staff photographer at The Salt Lake Tribune since 1995. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, he is the founder of utahphotojournalism.com and blogs at www.theclick.us and www.trenthead.com.

Trent says, "I photographed these two members of royalty just before a parade in the small town of Magna, Utah. It’s one of my favorite places to photograph. In fact, all the small towns of Utah are. Large hearts are found in small places."

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Snappola presents: Charles Uibel

Crank Up the Music by Charles Uibel

Charles Uibel, born 1960, focused on the Great Salt Lake for several years. He shares his images with the world through regular contributions to the FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake, and in publications, competitions, exhibits, and at GreatSaltLakePhotography.com. His works have appeared in Chinese National Geography, Sunset Magazine, Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Visual Arts Exhibition at the Art Barn, and won “Best in Show” at the Monte L. Bean Museum.

Uibel’s methodical and prolific photography at Great Salt Lake rarely probed nature; “I can’t say it with ducks.” Instead, Uibel’s intent has been to express being; to surf the moments, to stand on the corner of Ice Cream Truck Boulevard and Nowhere.

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image size: 9.5″ x 6.3″ (landscape format)

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I wanted to start Snappola with a splash; Charles Uibel sent me a photograph of actual waves on the Great Salt Lake. You might know Charles’ inspired landscape work from the Great Salt Lake, but this image is “the one” I wanted for Snappola’s collectors as soon as I saw it.

One day Charles took me out to the Great Salt Lake to shoot, along with his dog Tesse. As we drove out I-80 toward one of his favorite locations, Tesse started barking and whining at every exit. I asked Charles what was wrong. “Nothing, Tesse just thinks we are going to [insert a series of locations]. I knew Charles had spent a large amount of time wandering the shoreline, but so much that even his dog knows all the good spots? Wow.

Tesse the dog didn’t get to go to Bonneville the day Charles shot “Crank Up the Music” because the salt flats are too tough for her paws. She would have loved it, just like I think you will love owning this first ever Snappola edition.

Printed in an edition of 100, they won’t last long, so snap ‘em up.

Charles and Tesse at the Great Salt Lake

Charles and Tesse at the Great Salt Lake

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