Featured Artist Steve Slocomb

Floral portraits by Steve Slocomb draw the viewer into an enchanted world of beauty and light. Learn more by visiting his website.

 

Floral photography of Beargrass with sun shining above.

“Beargrass” Metal Photo Print, 30″ x 20″

 

I’ve had what might be called a long strange journey on the way to finding my voice.

 

Artist Steve Slocumb is a photographer who photographs plants and flowers

Artist Steve Slocomb at work

 

I left an engineering job where I worked on laser spy systems for jet planes to go to work for the visionary designer Charles Eames. Here I learned all aspects of filmmaking including animation, time-lapse, macro photography, multimedia presentation and documentary, and theatrical filmmaking. Above all, Eames strove for perfection in his imagery, and imbued that in me.

 

Outdoor photography of arrowleaf flowers with sun shining through.

“Arrowleaf” Metal Photo Print, 30″ x 20″

 

I then went on to a long stint in Hollywood primarily doing special optical effects on movies such as Star Trek the Motion Picture, Predator, Total Recall, Ghost, Nightmare on Elm Street 6 and White Fang, among others.

 

Wild Hyacinth as fine art photography by artist Steve Slocomb

“Wild Hyacinth” Metal Photo Print, 20″ x 30″

 

Along the way, I morphed into being a 3D tech expert working on the various Disney 3D theme park films, including the Michael Jackson and Jim Henson projects. I documented everything with “behind the scenes” still photography, often making slide shows that I would show to friends.

 

Silver Lupine closeup fine art photography by Steve Slocomb

“Silver Lupine” Metal Photo Print, 30″ x 20″

 

Eventually, after moving to Montana, I began to focus on nature photography. But it wasn’t until four years ago that I really found my voice.

 

Closeup flower photography of prairie smoke by artist Steve Slocomb

“Prairie Smoke” Metal Photo Print, 30″ x 20″

 

It came in the form of extreme wide angle close ups of pictures of wildflowers that capture a sort of magical realism.

 

Pasqueflower closeup photograph of the flower by Steve Slocomb

“Pasqueflower” Metal Photo Print, 20″ x 30″

 

I was able to actually include the sun in the photos, and the environment surrounding them. I realized I had stumbled into a unique look that would separate me from other nature photographers.

 

Firefly Fairy fantasy image digital photography by Steve Slocomb

“Firefly Fairy” Metal Photo Print, 20″ x 30″

 

I learned how to supplement natural lighting to illuminate the flowers with a wonderful soft light. Never being one to slow down, in the winter I would look through my images taken during the spring and summer, as well as ones I had taken years before. I thought of ways of make them into fantasy composites.

 

Fairy Girl in the Fungal Forest, fantasy digital art photography by Steve Slocomb

“Fairy Girl in the Fungal Forest” Metal Photo Print, 30″ x 20″

 

I could combine several into a single powerful scene of an imaginary world that resonated with adults and children alike.

 

Glacier Lily flower photography with sunlight by Steve Slocomb

“Glacier Lily” Metal Photo Print, 30″ x 20″

 

As for the future, I can’t possibly say where it will take me, but I am looking forward to the journey.

 

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