Artist: Lisa Balbach ..............................................................................
Lisa grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her first camera for her tenth birthday and has been taking photographs ever since. She received a bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She has also received continuing education credentials from the IWA (International Webmaster Association), Gnomon School of Visual Effects and CIW (Certified Internet Web Professional).
Lisa moved to Michigan in 1991 which is when she got married and started working at Kirtland Community College. Lisa is a full-time computer instructor at the college and teaches a wide variety of computer courses including web design, web programming, traditional programming and digital art classes.
Lisa resides in the Houghton Lake area with her husband and children. She spends her free time on her photography, digital artwork, animation and web design work. She also participates in local area art walks, art shows and demonstrations. She tries to work out every day and she enjoys cooking and creating new recipes for her family to try.
Artist Statement:Photography has been my passion ever since I was ten years old. For me, it has always been a form of self-expression. It is a window into my reality and interpretation of the world around me. I use it to explore thoughts, feelings, ideas and perceptions. It allows me to explore fragments of life in an abstract form and to see things from different viewpoints.
Nature makes me feel connected to the world around me. It inspires me and it humbles me. I feel a sense of wonder, serenity and peace in nature and I use landscape photography to convey this. I like the challenge of trying to capture the right place, at the right time, with the best angle, distance, and lighting, to convey the feeling of the moment.
I am drawn to unique textures, patterns, lighting and interesting shapes and lines. Macro photography lets me convey these intricate details and explore how each element interacts with the other. It allows me to share a hidden world we don’t normally experience.
I like to capture human dynamics, feelings and emotions when people aren’t aware they are being photographed. To me, that makes the photograph more real and it conveys a story.
You may see more of Lisa's work and videos about her process at her website: https://lisabalbach.wordpress.com/