Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistChris Crowley Platinum Member CollectionStorms
Description On July 24, 2009, a terrible, tornadic storm rolled through Volusia County, Florida. A large waterspout moved down the coast from Ormond Beach through Daytona Beach, and came on land. There were at least two tornados which struck three mobile home parks that day, all about 2-3 miles south of where I live. 154 homes were damaged, 60 of which were rendered uninhabitable. Aluminum siding and rooves hung 50 feet up in trees afterwards, and the wreckage was tossed for blocks! Amazingly, there were no serious casualties. Central Florida is the lightning capital of North America. That day we received nearly 7000 strikes in a 6 hour period. The thunderheads which produced the violent weather were at one point over 50,000 feet high. At the time the tornados struck, they had 'diminished' to about 38,000 feet. Imagine clouds reaching over 7 miles into the air! The weather forcasters said that the kind of cells that formed that day were more like the super cells that occur in the midwest where the really devastating tornados develop. Despite being 'minor', these furious funnels clouds touched down and caused Port Orange to be a disaster area. This shot was taken about the time the tornados made their way into Port Orange. It was taken outside my house, and was actually a second wave of clouds that was making its way in from the ocean.
Chris Crowley, South Daytona Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I am an artist living in the Central Florida area. Florida offers photographers and artists opportunities few other places do. The landscapes, cloud formations, scenics, and wildlife here are incomparable.
When I discovered the world of digital photography, I also discovered what became for me, a new art form. Photos became the canvas for more art, and I can alter reality to suit myself, something I think every artist does to some extent! Over the last couple of years, I have developed my own unique style, which is somewhere between fine art and photography. Many of my photos have the look of a painting, and that is intentional. With ever developing technology and new equipment coming on the scene regularly, many people are beginning to be able to take better and better photographs, but I discovered that few people really have the eye of an artist for manipulating the composition, perspective, and lighting to achieve something more than a photograph. Even those whom I've seen produce world class HDR photography, which is very artistic, often lack the depth and mood in their work that I longed for, and so I began working on techniques which were very different, and instead of focusing on equipment, I've honed in on photography as an art form and sought to use it to capture not only a moment in time, but the FEELING of the moment. Art has been doing that for centuries, and photography now offers artists a new way to express the world as they would like to see it, not necessarily as it is.
Since I work as well as do art and photography, and also am active in my church, I have very little time for commenting and responding to peoples' comments on my work. Please bear this in mind, and know that I am not being arrogant or slighting you by not responding, or taking a very long time to respond! I am appreciative, but life happens!
Thank you for stopping by for a peek! I hope you enjoy my galleries!
P.S. Since finances have been tight, I will be reducing the number of my galleries. If anyone is interested in pics of Tigger, you can find them in the Animals gallery! The Sugar Mill Gardens shots, formerly in the Garden gallery, are now combined with my Artwork gallery. I will be gradually adding the garden shots to the Images gallery. Please DO scan through that gallery, as all shots other than animals and artwork will be found there in the future! Thanks for bearing with the changes while things are under construction!
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