Andrea Lazar's Profile

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I live in Auburn, Ohio, on a mostly wooded five acres that is home to countless varieties of song birds, families of squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons, deer and the occasional opossum and skunk, as well as other critters we only see signs of who share the premises. It was the birds that flock to our deck to enjoy the seeds we provide for them that got me to pick up the camera. I wanted to share with my family their beauty as well as the antics of the squirrels and chipmunks that eagerly take their share of the food. Then one spring when the weather was perfect, tulips bloomed in our garden. As I stooped, poised over a perfect pink tulip waiting for the gentle breeze to subside, the shutter half depressed, ready to take the picture – a ruby-throated hummingbird flew into my view. Probably as a reflex, I snapped the picture. The sun shined through the bowl of the tulip and illuminated the red throat of the hummingbird, centered…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 12
  • Joined May 7, 2009

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nature subjects to photograph, archival materials to print

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About

I live in Auburn, Ohio, on a mostly wooded five acres that is home to countless varieties of song birds, families of squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons, deer and the occasional opossum and skunk, as well as other critters we only see signs of who share the premises. It was the birds that flock to our deck to enjoy the seeds we provide for them that got me to pick up the camera. I wanted to share with my family their beauty as well as the antics of the squirrels and chipmunks that eagerly take their share of the food. Then one spring when the weather was perfect, tulips bloomed in our garden. As I stooped, poised over a perfect pink tulip waiting for the gentle breeze to subside, the shutter half depressed, ready to take the picture – a ruby-throated hummingbird flew into my view. Probably as a reflex, I snapped the picture. The sun shined through the bowl of the tulip and illuminated the red throat of the hummingbird, centered over the tulip, his wings outstretched. I was stunned. Serendipity! I was hooked.

I love that photography allows me to see things with a unique perspective. In my otherwise hectic life, here I gladly take time to study the many subjects which always reveal themselves to be so much more complex than a fleeting glance would show. Often, my finger on the shutter, I hold my breath as I wait for the breeze to quiet down, the sun to peak out from the clouds, the little bee to get closer, the butterfly to land, or the chipmunk with his full cheeks to look my way. And the patience to wait it out is often enough rewarded that I continue to pursue capturing these sweet moments.

And afterwards - each time I look at the image, I can conjure up that moment – remember the time and the place, smile about the circumstances, admire the subject, appreciate its texture, marvel at its colors, drink in its fragrance, lose myself in its atmosphere, all over again.

My subject almost exclusively is in the natural world and I feel honored when I succeed in capturing a glimpse of the magic of its existence. Like my moment with the hummingbird.

Please visit my website on Fine Art America for more images which are available to purchase framed and as metal, acrylic and canvas prints -
http://-andrea-lazar.artistwebsites.com/

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