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First Place – Light & Color – October 2016



First Place – Light & Color – October 2016


Chris Charron

"Iced Tea and Blue"

Digital Photography Printed on High Gloss Aluminum , 16" x 24"

Sale Price $200

“Self-taught” describes Chris’ training in photography. He has been taking pictures for most of his life, jumping into digital photography in 2009. His artistic philosophy is that “I take a lot of pictures and occasionally I take a photograph.” When asked what he takes pictures of, his standard response has been “I shoot what I see.”

Most photographers would agree that light – or lack thereof – is a key element of their work. As he has developed as a photographer he became increasingly intrigued by the manipulation of both color and light. Chris has an ongoing series entitled “Bending Light,” often described as painting with a camera. This series has been well received. Images in this series have been purchased and/or leased for display by several Detroit-area businesses, most notably by the Kresge Foundation for their Troy, MI headquarters. “Bending Light,” an image that was the series namesake, was selected by the Detroit Artists Market for use on the promotional postcard for their 2011 Holiday Show.

Chris takes advantage of Detroit – a most photogenic city. Beyond simply shooting “ruin porn” he has attempted to highlight the positive aspects of a great comeback city. Beyond Detroit he has also taken advantage of Michigan’s great beauty and diversity, shooting thousands of pictures of his home state including an ongoing lighthouse series.

Chris has been fortunate to have his work included in many Detroit-area gallery shows. Galleries have included the Detroit Artists Market, Lawrence Street Gallery, the Anton Art Center and several others.

Chris lives in Eastpointe, MI a suburb of Detroit. Following his retirement from traditional jobs, he and his wife enjoy traveling and photographing their travels.