board meeting: cynthia soroka dunn

Cynthia Soroka-Dunn is a fine art nature photographer.  She has been a photographer for many years.  She feels the most at home when outside taking photographs of amazing environments.  Her goal is to educate people on how breathtaking nature is and to foster an innate desire to protect it and the wildlife that lives within it.

Do you feel like being an artist has defined you as a person with passion?

Yes it has.  Being an artist has given me a different perspective on the world around us and what is important.  It also allows me time to unwind and step back from everyone's daily life.  I love standing in the silence of nature.  Taking a photo and making sure whatever I carry in gets carried out.

What type of camera or cameras do you use? 

Either all Nikon or when using a phone an iPhone.

At what age did you know that you were in fact an artist?

I knew I was an artist when I sold my first photograph at a craft fair that benefited the Demarest Nature Center in NJ.  Then I sold some artwork at North Country Arts that was in Chestertown, NY and now is in Glens Falls, NY.  I am a member of North Country Arts.

Where do you derive your inspiration from?

My inspiration is from nature.  When I am able to gaze at nature through the lens objects come to light that I didn't see without the camera.  A feeling of tranquility comes over me as I look through the lens.  I want people to see the photographs and just know that these areas are so important to us all over the world. 

Describe the feeling of not knowing what next to create, and you're process to break through the block?

So far I have not had any blocks when creating new images.  I just make sure I have a camera no matter where I am.  Inspiration comes in a second.  There are some times when I feel that I need to take a break from being behind a camera and just look at the world around. Unless you always are able to create…. 

When do you hold on to your vision and when do you compromise your vision to work with others?