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    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.
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    Born and Raised outside Chicago, IL, Lee set up his first microscope in his basement laboratory at the tender age of 12. Paid for through money earned by shoveling snow in the brutally cold Chicago winters, Lee eventually fled to warmer climes of Atlanta, GA where he attended Emory University to pursue his education in the sciences.

    He obtained his B.S. in Biology 3.5 years later and shortly before graduation took his first photograph through a microscope. The subject, Yersinia pestis, aka the rat flea, is the transmitter of the bubonic plague. Realizing the limited market potential of such subjects, Lee began a career as a research scientist in both academic and biotech institutions that would span 35 years.

    Lee is the author and coauthor of over a dozen scientific papers and his career has allowed him to become proficient and contribute to the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceutical formulation and development, and surface plasmon resonance technology. He is a co-inventor on U.S. and European patents.

    Along the way he obtained a degree in Biomedical Photography from Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA. The program honed his skills in both macro and micro photography and it was during his training ca 1980 that his eyes were opened to the beautiful hidden world of crystals. It was during this period he grew his first crystals and took his first photograph through a microscope of these hidden gems.

    In 2005 Lee founded his company Side Street Photographics and not long afterward, having been caught up in his third corporate downsizing, Lee began pursuing and exhibiting his photography as an artist full time.

    The subject matter for Lee’s artwork is quite extensive. In his studio/lab he is actively investigating and experimenting not only new crystalline compounds, but discovering an endless array of patterns in the micro world he photographs.

    Lee is a sought after lecturer and has presented his unique story to interior designers and photography enthusiasts alike.
    Professional Fine Art Photographer and Educator: 2007-Present

    Research Scientist: 1972-2007- Emory University, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Panlabs, Inc., ICOS Inc., Plexera, Inc.

    Education: AA Biomedical Photography-Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA
    BS Biology-Emory University, Atlanta, GA

    Awards and Recognitions: 2015-2021
    Best Artist- Phoenix Magazine Best of the Valley 2020
    Featured Artist -Mission Federal Artwalk, Little Italy –San Diego, CA
    Art Purchase Award Recipient- Mission Federal Artwalk, Little Italy –San Diego, CA
    West Valley Arts Center- Photography Exhibition 1st Place –Surprise, AZ
    Sedona Arts Festival 1st Place Photography
    Sausalito Arts Festival 1st Place Photography
    Tempe Arts Festival 1st Place Photography

    Selected Juried Art Shows: 2015-2021
    Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, AZ
    Aspen Arts Festival, Aspen CO
    Bellevue Museum Arts Fair Bellevue, WA
    Kimball Arts Festival- Park City, UT
    Hidden in The Hills Studio Tour- Carefree, AZ
    Master Craftsmen’s Expo- La Quinta, CA
    Mission Federal Artwalk - Little Italy –San Diego, CA
    New York Art Expo, New York City, NY
    San Diego Festival of the Arts, San Diego, CA
    Vail Arts Festival, Vail, CO
    Sausalito Arts Fair, Sausalito, CA
    Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ
    Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City UT
    Tempe Arts Festival, Tempe, AZ

    Selected Group and Solo shows: 2007-2021
    West Valley Arts Center- Surprise, AZ
    Scottsdale Public Art Exhibition- Appaloosa Library –Scottsdale, AZ
    Sonoran Arts League- Cave Creek, AZ
    Galerie des Artistes- Puerto Vallarta, MX
    Haus der Kunst Gallery- San Francisco, Nayarit, MX

    Corporate and Public Displays:
    Phoenician Hotel -Scottsdale, AZ
    CMC ICOS Biologics – Bothell, WA
    Lynwood Convention Center - Lynwood, WA
    Marriott Hotel - Redmond, WA
    Harborview Hospital – Seattle, WA
    Zymogenetics, Inc. – Seattle, WA

    Public Appearances: Lectures, Workshops, and Classes:
    Goodyear Artist Series Hot Coffee, Lecture- Goodyear, AZ
    Synergy Sessions Artist Workshop, Co-moderator -Andalucía, Spain
    Creative Travel Photography, Instructor - Goodyear Arts and Culture- Goodyear, AZ
    Fountain Hills Artists Guild, Lecture- Fountain Hills, AZ
    Scottsdale Arts League, Lecture- Scottsdale, AZ
    Scottsdale Digital Arts Group, Lecture- Scottsdale, AZ
    Creative Travel Photography, Workshop Organizer/Instructor- Redmond, WA

    Bibliography: (*Reviews)
    Maya Kroth, “The Brains Behind Artwalk’s Beauty” Pacific Magazine - April 2020
    *Shea Stanfield, “Science as Unexpected Beauty” Foothills Focus - March 2020
    Rebecca Rhodes, “Purple Mountain Majesty” Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine Art and Artists - February 2020
    *Marilyn Hawkes, “Studio Session with Lee Hendrickson” Phoenix Magazine - January 2020
    *Jessica Gonzales, “Goodyear Artist Demonstrates Photomicrography at Expo” West Valley View News, January 17, 2018.
    *Shea Stanfield, “Science as Beauty and Poetry”- Foothills Focus - March 2016
    Dana Agamalian, “Rinekwall Announces New Microcrystal Collection.” Press Release - April 2015
    Lee Hendrickson’s Creative Travel Photography- DVD release 2012
    Author and coauthor of multiple peer reviewed scientific publications) Journal of Biochemistry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, et. al).

    July 22-24, 2022
    Avon Arts Festival -Avon, CO

    August 1- Oct 31, 2022
    Featured Artist Exhibition Goodyear Civic Center -Goodyear, AZ

    September 17 and 18, 2022
    Mill Valley Arts Festival -Mill Valley, CA

    October 8 and 9, 2022
    Sedona Arts Festival -Sedona, AZ

    October 20, 2022
    Artist reception at Goodyear Civic Center Square Library Community Room  6-8 pm -Goodyear, AZ 

    October 29 and 30, 2022
    Kierland Art and Wine Festival (TBD) -Kierland Commons Scottsdale, AZ

    November 5 and 6, 2022
    Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts (TBD) -Litchfield Park, AZ

    December 2-4, 2022
    Tempe Festival of the Arts (TBD) -Tempe, AZ

    January 13-March 26, 2023
    Arizona Fine Art Expo -Scottsdale, AZ

    Those shows listed as "TBD" are still in the planning stages.
  • 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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