(photo by A. Sheridan)
I was honored to have my "Schoolhouse" image selected to be exhibited in the Macworld | iWorld Digital Art Gallery during the 2012 show in San Francisco, CA. I was especially gratified to see that it was one of two images presented in the Official Show Map and Guide. IDG, the company that hosts the annual Macworld event, made an open call for artists to exhibit at the show. The only criteria to be considered was that the work must be created using Apple products. For me, that was easy. All of my images are imported into Aperture and processed on my iMac or Macbook Pro. In addition to the basic processing that can be done in Aperture, I often employ plug-ins such as the great suite from Topaz Labs.
For me, having my work displayed at Macworld was even more special because of the deep connection that exists between my art and my use of Apple products. Really, my move to using an iMac was the genesis of my photography. I had always dabbled with photography and was the de facto team photographer for my daughter's soccer team. At the end of each season I would produce a slide show to share the photos from the year. Using my Windows machine to produce these slides was agony. When my Windows machine was ready to be replaced, I decided to get a Mac. I immediately appreciated the elegance of the machine and the operating system. I loved how everything "just worked" and integrated perfectly. Editing photos and creating a wonderful slideshow was an easy and gratifying experience. A short time later I got the opportunity to upgrade to a DSLR and nice zoom lens. While I was still primarily taking soccer photos of my kids, that soon changed. Because I was no longer fighting with my computer, and I was growing more connected to the great folks in the Mac community, my hidden creativity was set loose. In a very short time I was shooting images and processing art that I was proud to share with the world. Exhibiting my work at Macworld, the mecca of Apple fanboys and girls, and to people I now consider very good friends, was the icing on the cake.