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Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Becker.

Chris, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been interested in coffee table picture books, picture magazines, etc.; even looking through the Sears catalog was exciting. I had taking a high school photography class so I decided to write the head photographer of National Geographic and ask him what I should do to pursue a career in photojournalism. To my amazement and delight, he wrote me back with a lengthy letter giving me his advice. I decided to go to one of the schools he recommended (Ohio University) and began taking many different photography classes there. Every school break I began interning with photographers in NYC and moved there after finishing school. After a few years, I traveled overseas to work on a portfolio. When I returned, I began shooting travel stories for Asian travel magazines. After the events of September 11th, while living in NYC, I began shooting more fine art landscapes, usually at night. Some galleries noticed me my work and I began getting shows and representation around the country. After several years in NYC, my girlfriend and I decided to move up to southern Maine and “live the dream” so to speak. Now, my work reflects the environment around me, though I like to challenge myself with different subjects, not just pretty landscapes.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love shooting editorial assignments and storytelling but I have always been interested in time exposure. I enjoy looking at the subjects with a different point of view, literally. I enjoy taking subjects out of their environment, shooting them so you cannot tell the scale of them. I essentially get obsessed, do a study of something I am photographing. I like to analyze its structure and form. Finding the beauty in everything is a big reward for me. I do go through some serious efforts when creating some of my imagery. Any visual effects are achieved during the camera exposure, no post-exposure manipulation occurs.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
For the most part, I use photography to escape from reality or the routine of everyday human life. It is my time to decompress, lose myself while connecting to the environment. During this time, I enjoy being so focused I forget about monotonous daily activities.

But other times, politics and environmental events do affect me. At times I try to focus and photograph the impact we have on our environment. Whether you are an artist or working your way up the corporate ladder, I think everyone should be involved in their environment and politics.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently I’m organizing a spring show at my gallery which will include new work that I have shot over the past few months.   Other work can be seen in a few different places. I shoot for magazines, exhibit with some galleries around the US, work with interior designers and architects. My architecture photography has been featured in several architectural magazines. I have a joyriding dog series which was featured in Real Simple Magazine and is sold in stores as calendars and books. Sometimes I shoot for The New York Times or other travel-related publications. On a more fun note, I also work with set designers in LA. My pictures have been used on the sets of many TV shows which is always fun to see while watching the program. I have my own studio/gallery space at 127 Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport, Maine. My website, www.chrisbeckerphoto.com is another way to view and purchase my work.

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