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Hannah Nesbeda

My approach to photography has not changed much since my parents first handed me a Kodak Disc camera when I was six: this miraculous device provided a way to look at the world that invited close examination of even the most mundane pieces of the landscape. Although the camera physically distances me from my surroundings, it is when I am taking pictures that I am the most present, tuned-in, and aware of the world.

My artistic philosophy in general is one of finding and capturing what is "real." To that end, I frequently employ in-camera manipulations and creative exposure or framing techniques to get at the core of what is "true," but beyond cropping and correction for exposure flaws - the digital equivalent of detailed darkroom work - I do not typically manipulate, stitch, clone, or otherwise alter my images. While I do much of my shooting with a professional-grade mirrorless digital camera, some of my favorite shots have come out of my iPhone. I believe strongly that the camera is an agent of my eye, and that the end result - not the relative price tag of the tool used to get there - is what is important.

I am a New England native, currently living on the coastal north shore of Massachusetts. Much of my work capitalizes on the glorious scenery and constantly shifting weather in my own backyard, although I am also a frequent traveler and dedicated wanderer; whether venturing into a nearby forest or an abandoned village halfway wound the world, I do it in the spirit of exploration and discovery. When not taking pictures, I work professionally as a nurse practitioner, a career that is as exciting and emotionally fulfilling as it is occasionally exhausting. I am also an avid cook, reader, vegetable gardener, and slave to the whims of my two dogs.

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