Featured Artist Stefan Mazzola

Stefan Mazzola’s photography captures the ethereal beauty of Florida’s lakes, rivers and wetlands. View more of his stunning portfolio by visiting his website.

 

“Rock Springs Run Splendor (Kelly Park)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Rock Springs Run Splendor (Kelly Park)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

Growing up in Falun, a small town in Sweden a couple of hours north of Stockholm, I had easy access to the outdoors. I learned early on that I loved being out in nature.

 

“Palm Tree Reflections (Lake Jesup)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Palm Tree Reflections (Lake Jesup)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

As a child growing up, I used to hike, canoe, ski and camp on a regular basis. It always brought a special peace of mind being out in the wilderness.

 

“Cypress Knees (Ginnie Springs)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Cypress Knees (Ginnie Springs)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

Later, as an adult, I moved to Orlando, Florida. It was only natural to want to explore the outdoors in my new home. As my wife and I started to visit the many state and national parks in Florida and the rest of the United States, my desire to capture the beauty of these places grew. I bought my first “real” camera, a Canon 35 mm film SLR camera in 2003. From that point on, I was hooked.

 

“Reaching for the Stars (Blue Cypress Lake)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Reaching for the Stars (Blue Cypress Lake)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

However, it wasn’t until several years later, when I had mastered the technical side of photography, that I started to dedicate significant time to not only take pictures, but to create art.

 

“Resting Giants (Big Talbot Island)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Resting Giants (Big Talbot Island)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

That, as well as spending more time in the more remote areas of Florida’s interior and coastal areas, really unleashed my creative energy. As I explored and discovered the incredible beauty of natural Florida, I also began to look for ways to share it with others. This led to the opening of my online art store.

 

“St Augustine Beach Pier” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“St Augustine Beach Pier” Photography, Various Sizes

 

My big passion nowadays is exploring and capturing the beauty of the lakes, rivers and wetlands of Florida’s interior and coastal nature areas.

 

“Driftwood on Bahia Honda Beach (Florida Keys)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Driftwood on Bahia Honda Beach (Florida Keys)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I strive to create unique compositional landscape images of natural environments at the best light possible. This conveys a sense of being there to the viewer.

 

“Golden Fog (Blue Cypress Lake)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Golden Fog (Blue Cypress Lake)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I also want to bring awareness of the natural beauty of the Florida interior and coastal nature areas to help protect them for future generations.

 

“Moonlight Reflection over Ocean” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Moonlight Reflection over Ocean” Photography, Various Sizes

 

Follow along on my explorations in Florida and beyond. Discover the beauty of the lesser known natural areas around us so that you too can share this beauty with your family and friends.

 

“Gnarled Old Cypress Tree at Night (Lake Norris)” Photography by Stefan Mazzola

“Gnarled Old Cypress Tree at Night (Lake Norris)” Photography, Various Sizes

 

“But before all else a work of art is the creation of love. Love for the subject first and for the medium second. Love is the fundamental necessity underlying the need to create, underlying the emotion that gives it form, and from which grows the unfinished product that is presented to the world. Love is the general criterion by which the rare photograph is judged. It must contain it to be not less than the best of which the photographer is capable.”

—Eliot Porter

 

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