Photography Feature artGuide Magazine 2016

artGuide Magazine is proud to present some elite photographers in it's Annual Photography Feature.  From landscapes, to realism, to abstract, each featured photographer and gallery showcases works that illuminate the genre of photography.


Photography is one of the most interconnected mediums of art we have today.  The proximity individuals, both enthusiasts and professionals have to the art form creates enthusiasm for capturing the “right shot”.  Although we all have experienced the thrill of photography at some point, the art form of photography is a learned skill, embodying the intimacy photographers have with their subject matter and how they choose to share their connection with the viewer.  Light, composition, exposure, development, all play a part in how photographers convey their emotions on print and paper.  What follows is a small group of photographers and galleries who discuss their love of photography and how they choose to express the right moment with the “right shot”.

 Mike Basher,  Beaufort Inlet I , 2015, silver gelatin photograph, 40" x 50"

Mike Basher, Beaufort Inlet I, 2015, silver gelatin photograph, 40" x 50"

1. Mike Basher, photographer.
Gallery - Mike Basher Photography.  
410 Front St, Beaufort, NC.

Mike Basher captures his sublime photographs in a way that might be thought of as non-traditional these days… with large sheets of black and white film. Working with what many consider an antique box camera, his distinct, delicately crafted compositions offer a unique view into any scene. Conveying a tranquil simplicity, and often even a bit of surrealism, Mike’s unique style of fine art black and white photography has quickly become a special interest of private collectors with exquisite taste.

His 20-year career as a photographer has taken Mike all over the globe, photographing campaigns for brands like Under Armour, Reebok, and The North Face, working with sports greats such as Michael Phelps, Jordan Spieth, and Andy Murray.

Calling Beaufort, North Carolina home, Mike’s work hangs at his intimate waterfront gallery, overlooking wild horses, majestic sailboats and the ever-beautiful Beaufort Harbor.  

 Susan Jones,  Ascending , 2015, 20" x 16"

Susan Jones, Ascending, 2015, 20" x 16"

2. Susan Jones, artist.    
Gallery - Tipping Paint Gallery.
311 West Martin St., Raleigh, NC.

Susan Jones was drawn to old hand colored photographs so she decided to study techniques and media to create a contemporary version.

Photographs for handcoloring are printed with an eye to where the color will be applied while maintaining good contrast in the black and white areas. Using Photoshop allows her to blend layers and make corrections easily.

The photographs are printed to resemble the under-painting technique, grisaille, used by The Old Masters.  Glazing is created by applying color in thin, transparent layers of colored pencil.  Most of Susan’s current work is created using 5 pencils; cyan, yellow, magenta, indigo and white, giving the work a special depth.

Susan’s choice of subject matter reflects her training as an illustrator and documentarian; she loves to photograph the world around her and hopes to share with the viewer a different way of seeing.





 Annell L. Metsker,  At Play on Lake Glenville

Annell L. Metsker, At Play on Lake Glenville

3. Annell L Metsker, M. Photog., Cr., PPA Certified, F. Ph. Charlotte Studio 704. 847.8281. Cashiers Studio 828.743.5784. Cell 704.996.0559. 

Annell combines photography with digital painting and oils to create images that evoke the soul of her subjects and portray mood and emotion. Whether she is creating a portrait, landscape, or figurative work of art she uses the beauty and mystery of light and shadow and the rhythm of motion to captivate the viewer. She works intuitively to reveal beauty and authenticity. She finds her creative muse in her art studio on Lake Glenville, near Cashiers and Highlands, NC where the peacefulness and energy of the mountains inspire her paintings.  She has a successful portrait studio in Charlotte, NC, specializing in heirloom portraits of children, families, and women.                            

Annell has received many state, regional, and national awards from Professional Photographers of America, Kodak, Fuji, Professional Photographers of North Carolina, and Burrell Imaging.  She earned the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsmen Degrees from PPA and was twice named Photographer of the Year by PPNC.  Her art has been exhibited and published across the US and Canada and it hangs in many private collections.  She has studied with some of the most renowned photographers and artists in the US and Europe and continues her studies in her dedication to creating innovative artwork for her clients.    


 Bernard Herman,  Gold Egg on Blue Field , nd, c-print from hand-colored black & white negative, 15" x 15" (c)Bernard Herman

Bernard Herman, Gold Egg on Blue Field, nd, c-print from hand-colored black & white negative, 15" x 15" (c)Bernard Herman

4. Through This Lens, gallery.  303 East Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701. 919.687.0250.

Through This Lens is a fine-art gallery devoted to photography, located in the heart of downtown Durham, NC.  Founded in 2004 by Roylee Duvall it has grown into one of the most enticing photography venues in the Southeast, all within a short walk to several hotels and award-winning restaurants. Featuring works by 20th and 21st century photographers including Lori Vrba, Ami Vitale, Carl Chirenza, John Rosenthal, Connie Imboden, Bernard Herman and many others, Through This Lens typically displays works by one or two featured artists through exhibitions lasting about one month.  There are always hundreds of prints in back stock available for consideration and viewing.

Through This Lens also offers artist services, including fine-art printing with large-format Epson printers.  Their finishing services provide matting, mounting, and picture framing with conservation and museum-quality materials.  They ship anywhere, and can have your prints ready within 48 hours.  Signed artwork can ship within 24 hours of receipt of payment.