Judges for the CCoH 2017 Annual Print Competition
A native of New Jersey, David Simchock has lived and traveled overseas for many years and now resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC. His award-winning images have been featured in publications around the world, and he has worked on assignments from the vast sands of the Sahara Desert, to the stages of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. David has also exhibited his worldly images in galleries throughout the Northeast and Appalachia. In addition to his creative skills and services, David shares his passion for photography as a workshop / tour instructor, and public speaker. On top of all of this, he’s also a big music fan, regularly covering gigs in and around Asheville, while publishing his own on-line magazine, Front Row Focus. More than just a photographer, David has a vast portfolio of photography and creative endeavors, all of which can be found on his main website.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the Southern Appalachians, Jeff Miller's mission is to help photographers capture that beauty, share it, and ultimately preserve it. He pursues his mission through "immersion" in photography – field trips, consulting, critiquing, and offering digital imaging and printing services. Jeff also loves to connect with other photographers in several regional and national photography groups. He has delivered both technical and artistic presentations in many venues, and he teaches photography classes and workshops in Asheville NC, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, at Chimney Rock State Park, and in the Everglades National Park.
Jeff’s photography has been featured on many websites, including HGTV, as well as in regional, state, and national publications. He has had cover photos on dozens of magazines and brochures such as those for Our State, Builder/Architect, The Laurel of Asheville, Century 21, and the National Park Service. Jeff also has had hundreds of framed prints on display in hotels, offices, restaurants, and landmarks around Western NC. His photos have been on exhibit in over a dozen galleries and other venues, including Biltmore in Asheville.
Supplementing his work in “natural” settings, Jeff also works with dozens of business and institutional clients to provide artistic and compelling commercial photography, specializing in cityscapes, aerials, architecture, and interior design. Check out Jeff's Website for more.
I grew up in the rolling piedmont hills of Georgia, the child of farm children and the grandchild of farmers. My earliest memories of the natural world are informed by this heritage.
As a teenager, much of my time was spent exploring the forests, wetlands, and river valleys of the northern and central parts of my native state. Later, during undergraduate and law school, my range expanded to include the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the swamps of the southeastern coastal plain.
As I moved into my working career, I discovered that rather than wanting to spend less time in Nature, I wanted to spend more; and a small SLR camera to document my travels became an integral part of my outdoor gear. Like most of my friends, my understanding of photographic technology was quite limited. My images, likewise, reflected this shortcoming; but making them was fun, and even if I did not completely understand how I had obtained them, I knew that I wanted to keep at it.
In 1993-94 a sequence of totally unforeseeable events occurred that changed my life completely and forever and put me on the path that I now travel. I came to an understanding that being a professional nature photographer was exactly my purpose in being here, and each day since that time that is the trail I have followed.
Here is the essence of what I have learned:
The images that we make are the reflections of our heart. From the moment we are born, and even sooner, we begin to receive impressions from the world around us; and, from those impressions, questions begin to be answered: What sort of place is this? Is it safe, or no? Does it mean me good or ill? What is this thing called beauty and how can I know it? What part do I play in all of this?
At some moment in time, the impressions begin to coalesce into pictures, the world takes on form, we become aware of elemental design; and these things stand before us within a context of light and shadow that is constantly changing. We see this with our eyes, in our minds, and within the core of our being. And we respond.
For some, the response is a verse, a song, the lines of a story; for others, it takes on shape and form: a bowl, the mouldings of a sculptored body; for me, it became a photograph. For I have found over the years that I best connect with the world through the creation of images; and I best share that expression - my love of this earth - through the eyes of a camera and lens. Check out Don's Website for more information