Like many photographers, Heather Siple got her start early. In fact, she pretended to take pictures of everything around her long before she was old enough to have her first 110 camera. From her father, a second-generation photographer himself, she learned the elements of composition and the basics of developing and printing at a very early age. She was fascinated with this ability to “paint with light.”
Since that time, Siple’s work has been seen around the world, including The Biggs Museum of American Art and Delaware Art Museum, in the State of Delaware, Salon Blanco, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the EFTI school of photography in Madrid, Spain and the gallery of Foto Club Terrasa in Barcelona, Spain. Her publication credits include B&W Magazine, COLOR Magazine, and three anthology books published by Photoplace Gallery, among others. Siple was twice named a Delaware Individual Artist Fellow in Photography by the Delaware State Arts Council.
Being a lover of all things magical, Siple remains one of those photographers who practice the alchemy of the darkroom. Each print, even within an edition, has subtle nuances that make it a unique work of art. She works with mainstream gelatin silver and some alternative processes, along with digital printing when it is called for.
Although some of her imagery comes from far afield, most of Siple’s work is taken in places close to her heart and home. She finds that taking a different perspective on the familiar can bring as many discoveries as traveling somewhere new. So, she spends quite a bit of time crawling in the dirt and climbing into odd corners to examine something from a slightly different angle. She always finds something new to discover.
Heather Siple is the author of Through the Crystal Ball: Photos of Fantasy Taken in the Real World, which is available through Blurb.com.
Heather can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.