Chandler artist Sue Cullumber sees photography as a way of exploring things she encounters. It’s a method that enables her to share in an original way with others.
“The natural world provides an endless supply of inspiration and new ideas. My goal is to evoke a response in others for the appreciation of this beauty,” Cullumber says.
“Journeys of a Photographer: Artworks by Sue Cullumber” will show at the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave., through Oct. 25.
Cullumber has a long history of advocating and supporting the arts in Chandler. As a special education teacher, Cullumber spends her spare time photographing her inspirations.
“At school I teach science and outdoor education,” she says. “Through educator fellowships I have had the opportunity to travel to several areas abroad. This has allowed for many inspirations in my teaching and as a photographer, often using my photographs to help educate others about conservation, cultures and the environment. Photography became more than a hobby when I acquired my first digital camera. This allowed me to really experiment with the craft of photography and my “artistic” side finally came out. Since then I have run my own photography company, A Unique View Photography, specializing in fine art photography of the natural world. I am constantly evolving by learning new techniques and processes that I apply to my art.”
Cullumber loves exploring the outdoors and can often be seen hiking with her camera in hand in the Southeast Valley. Her images are imaginative and original through creative viewpoints, composition and beautiful lighting. Not everyone likes to get up at the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise, but she loves that time of day.
“Dawn is so peaceful and magical,” Cullumber says. “I can catch all of the colors of nature and the light at that time of day is perfect.”
Cullumber’s photographs have been published in many books and magazines including: National Geographic, Parade Magazine and the Galapagos Conservancy. Frequently she participates in local art walks, teaches classes at the community level and has won many awards locally and internationally.