Douglas Levere Statement

Artist Statement
Snowflakes have become my passion. They avail themselves to me within the small window of time I have to photograph them and the short time that they exist. Their delicacy, strength and elegance keep me standing in the cold on endless black nights. Living in the Buffalo, NY area there are so many negative identifications this city has with snow. I find it a joyous task to reveal these gems that are hiding in plain sight.

Process Statement
Yes it has to be cold and snowing to take good photographs of snowflakes. I work in my open freestanding garage photographing with a Canon Digital SLR, 5x microscope lens and an adapted microscope base. A flash usually illuminates the snowflake from below and most images require 10-50 exposures focused at slightly different depths. Then in Photoshop these layers are brought together, finding the sharpest parts of each, for the final resulting image.

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