Doug Hicks is the photographer behind Metal Phoenix Photography. With a BA in Studio Art from Salem College with multiple focuses in photography, oil painting, and graphic design, he brings a unique eye to the images he creates.
Centering on the idea that "photography is all about mastering light; everything else is easy," he strives to depict what is actually seen rather than create affects on the computer. The resulting images, with the exception of color and exposure correction, are a result of camera use and skill and not computer savvy.
As I See It... highlights photos in the artistic/editorial categories of a photographer's body of work.
For my senior thesis at Salem College, I explored the idea of change: what happens to an image if you add, remove or change one element (literal or metaphorical) of an image. In this piece, I added the element of danger. Michelle Curry was very patient and trusting as I attached real glass to her lips using honey and took a large number of images. The resulting picture juxtaposes beauty and danger and creates a haunting picture which is striking at its intended size: 60" X 40" on metallic paper. (Nikon D60)