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  • THE PHOTOGRAPHER
    Photographer, educator, artist and scientist, Lee Hendrickson is an award-winning fine art photographer, exhibiting his artwork both in the U.S and internationally. His photomicrography of crystals, including wine crystals, is included in public, private and corporate collections.

    He is also the author of Lee Hendrickson’s Creative Travel Photography, an instructional DVD set based on his travel photography classes and workshops.

    Lee’s company Side Street Photographics, was founded in 2005, and is dedicated to accessing and developing our individual creative potential and expression.
  • CURRICULUM VITAE
    Education:
    BS Biology-Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    AA Biomedical Photography-Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

    Memberships:
    Professional Photographers of America
    Northwest Art Alliance
    West Valley Arts Council

    2015
    Sonoran Art Fair, Carefree, AZ
    Fountain Hills Art and Wine Festival, Fountain Hills, AZ
    Scottsdale Waterfront Art and Wine Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
    Surprise Art and Wine Festival, Surprise, AZ
    Carefree Art and Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ

    2014
    Fountain Hills Art and Wine Festival, Fountain Hills, AZ
    Instructor Photography Workshops and Classes
    Carefree Art and Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ
    Scottsdale Waterfront Art and Wine Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
    Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ –First Place Award Photography

    2013
    Lynwood Convention Center Public Art Project, Lynnwood, WA
    Marriott Hotel/Workspring Center/VALA exhibitor, Redmond, WA
    Parklane Gallery Summertime Show/Café - Administrator
    Instructor Photography Workshops
    Parklane Gallery/Exhibitor, Kirkland, WA
    Laurel Tree Gallery/Exhibitor, Duvall, WA
    Best of Northwest Spring and Fall Shows, Seattle, WA
    Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
    Bellevue Museum Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA

    2012
    Galerie des Artistes/ Group Show Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
    Parklane Gallery/Featured Artist, Kirkland, WA
    Best of Northwest Spring and Fall Shows, Seattle, WA
    Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
    Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA

    2011
    Haus der Kunst/Individual Show, San Francisco, Nayarit, MX
    Laurel Tree Gallery/Featured Artist, Duvall, WA
    Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
    Best of Northwest Spring and Fall Shows, Seattle, WA
    Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA
    Art in the High Desert, Bend, OR
  • UPCOMING EVENTS
    2016
    June 11 & 12 – San Diego Festival of the Arts, San Diego, CA
    June 23, 24, 25, & 26 – Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
    September 15, 16, 17, & 18 – KABOO Artwork, Del Mar (San Diego), CA
    October 8 & 9 – Sedona Festival of the Arts, Sedona, AZ
    November 4, 5, & 6 – Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ
    November 18-20 & 25-27 – Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour/The Ranch, Cave Creek, AZ
  • FAQ
    Q: Do you manipulate the colors in the prints?
    A: No, the photographic images are reproduced as originally seen under the microscope.

    Q: How do you take a photo with a microscope?
    A: I use an Olympus BH2 microscope with a trinocular head to which is attached a Canon 5D (20mp) camera. The digital images are captured directly on a laptop computer.

    Q: How did you come up with the idea?
    A: I learned the techniques of photomicrography and that some crystals are quite beautiful under the microscope over 30 years ago. I worked as a research scientist for 35 years, and the two disciplines, photography and science, led me to my interest in crystal photomicrography and artistic pursuits.

    Q: Why can the same crystal look so different in different photos?
    A: I grow the crystals from solution on a glass microscope slide. I can change the solvents used, drying conditions, etc. The remaining variables of time, temperature, humidity, etc. cause the crystal patterns to grow in a variety of patterns, most of which is beyond my control.

    Q: Are the crystals colored?
    A: No. They are clear to translucent. The color comes from refraction of white light and separation into the colors of the spectrum. Much like a prism or a raindrop can produce a rainbow of color.

    Q: How much are the crystals magnified in the prints?
    A: It depends on the image and the size of the print. Typically a 16X20 inch image will be magnified 1000 to 3000 times. The original field would be in the range of the size of the head of a pin or smaller.

    Q: I’ve never seen anything like these. Why not?
    A: There is a unique set of challenges. These include: scientific (figuring out how to grow the crystals), technical (photomicrography has its own set of photographic considerations including depth of field, vibration, lighting, etc.) and equipment setup and costs.
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