About the Book
Anyone who knows me or has seen much of my photography knows I'm not your typical nature photographer. I'm much more at home making portraits of abandoned furniture or capturing the abstract patterns found in everyday urban life, still, there's something about sunflowers that always captures my attention. I can't pass them by without at least a second look. Their yellow petals certainly stand out in against any backdrop, but that by itself is not the reason for their allure. Maybe it's because they look just like that first flower we learn to draw as a child and perhaps it's just that child-like simplicity that I enjoy most of all.
"The world through a rectangle" is the simplest way to describe the photography of Stephen M. Gray. His works are part photographic art and part Zen practice. His objective, often minimalist compositions bring new light to life's mundane moments and details through the focus and context of the photographic rectangle. Though he has spent most of his adult life in such technical pursuits as software and Internet development, picking up the camera has reacquainted Stephen with his childhood goal to be an artist. Stephen lives and works in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda. In addition to his fine art photography, Stephen also engages in event, portrait and stock photography.