"Beauty will forever inspire works of art, and she will always pose for her portrait, selecting the artist who is most worthy of her catching her likeness."
In my photographs, I hope to capture moments of intimacy through the relationship between light, shadow, and the element of composition. My photographs are what I see and feel at 'that' moment and what I want you to see and feel...too. I believe photography helps to bring those moments to life.
As a Hawaiian artist I try to convey through my photography my understanding of the traditional Hawaiian value, that all natural resources of our environment, ocean "kai" land "aina" and sky "lani", are interrelated and culturally significant to Hawaii and its people.
In my photography I try to capture the magic of intimacy, The "special moment that transcends" the picture for me, is what I see and feel just before I take the picture, the magic!
I show my photographs of Hawaii in hope that more people can feel and enjoy the "true beauty" of Hawaii, as I do. So they can begin to understand what my ancestors, the Hawaiian people, knew. That through their vast knowledge of the environment their very existence depended on its care. I hope to share the Aloha and love, and the care, I have for my Hawaii, through my photography. My photography as an Hawaiian, in my beautiful Hawaii, is a passion that I share, through my eyes, the way I see them.
"To me, photography is an art of observation ...it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." Elliott Erwitt
Lehua Pekelo Stearns, professional photographer
Website of my work: www.lehua-pekelostearns.artistwebsites.com
**Received this in March 2017 (below):
2017 International Color Awards announcement:
CONGRATULATIONS on being a Nominee at the 10th Annual
International Color Awards with:
Nominee in Nature | Full Moon Rising Over Mauna Kea
6,178 entries were received from 75 countries and your work received a
high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!
The Jury represented the industry's biggest names and tastemakers
including Christie's, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London;
Sotheby's, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus
Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam;
Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who
reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring
723 title awards and 792 nominees in 33 categories. The Awards could
not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.
Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER LEHUA PEKELO STEARNS OF HAWAII
LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2017) - Professional photographer Lehua Pekelo-Stearns was presented with the 10th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Nature at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 4, 2017.
The live online gala was attended by 9,575 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.
10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie's, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sotheby's, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who honored Color Masters with 723 title awards and 792 nominees in 33 categories.
"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,178 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director, "Lehua's -Full Moon Rising Over Mauna Kea Kona Side- an exceptional image entered in the Nature category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.
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