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This Month's Member Spotlight....
Cheryl Coffee

I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but moved around the Eastern US my throughout my childhood. Thanks to my Uncle Ed, I knew from the age of ten that I wanted to be a geologist. I graduated with a BS in geosciences from Rider University. For the last 17 years I have been an environmental consultant and compliance manager. As a consultant, I was afforded the opportunity to travel along the east coast of the United States. The sites, views and vistas along the way sparked my imagination. As geologist, textures, colors and feel are key parts of the identification process. Since taking a rock outcrop or a beautiful patch of flowers home is not always practical, I turned to photography. For me, photography is a way to capture all of those senses. My goal in taking photographs is for the viewer to be able to look at the image and want to reach out and touch the image. The image should elicit a strong connection to your senses.

Growing up I was inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and other nature photographers. Most of the photos I take are local to my home in Yardley, Pennsylvania. I try to capture the detail of even ordinary subjects and hopefully to inspire other people to find the beauty in their own backyard.

I have participated in several shows, including the Eco Expo 2008 in Croydon, London. Several of my photos were featured in event posters and event videos. http://www.croydonecoexpo.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MegXQD0Kmis

Every day I spend trying to protect the earth from the damage we do as humans. Photography is the way that I reconnect with nature and renew the drive to continue to make the planet a better place to live.

Cheryl

 

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