"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this."
~ Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Wichasha Wakan
A copy of my CV can be found here
Stephanie Johnson - Curriculum Vitae
I am the Founder, Creator, and Publisher of ICM Photography Magazine (ICMPhotoMag)...a first-of-its-kind e-magazine solely featuring ICM images, articles, reviews, interviews, tips, and tutorials, by ICM photographers and artists around the world, in a quarterly feature packed digital format.
I've devoted the past five years of my photographic career to ICM work, and I have a strong desire to build a larger community around it...one that will also help give exposure to other photographers who have been dedicated to perfecting their own ICM techniques, whether that be strictly in-camera work, in-camera work coupled with traditional post-processing techniques, or ICMs in combination with creative post processing, such as textures, creative filters, and impressionistic renderings.
I am proud to say that all photographers published in ICM Photography Magazine are paid for their work. I feel it is imperative to compensate photographers for their work. I want this project to be a benefit to the photographers themselves, not just a benefit to my own self-interest. Over time, these payments have increased, and the goal is to continue increasing photographer payments as the magazine continues to grow and thrive.
Additionally, I collaborate with Finnish photographer Kaisa Siren and Scottish photographer Morag Paterson to co-lead and co-mentor a continuous learning membership community, which is an extension of the ICMPhotoMag project. To learn more about this learning community, visit the website here - ICMPhotoMag Network.
Kaisa, Morag, and I also offer individual Mentoring Sessions, to help ICM photographers learn more about themselves, to nurture their creativity and artistic vision, and to encourage them to think more conceptually in the evolution of their ICM journeys. To learn more about these individual mentoring opportunities, visit this link - ICMPhotoMag Mentoring.
The three of us also offer a couple of 5-week in-depth, online workshops, which you can learn more about here - ICMPhotoMag Online Workshops
Lastly, we are also in the process of building a library of stand-alone, on-demand, virtual courses, that we plan to launch at the beginning of 2022, with titles such as:
Additionally, members of our ICMPhotoMag Network will always have the opportunity of registering for Mentoring, Workshops, and Courses at a members-only discounted rate.
Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the progress of our soon-to-come course offerings - ICMPhotoMag On-Demand Courses
As for my own creative and ICM journey, I am a self-taught abstract ICM (intentional camera movement) and landscape photographer (read a 2019 interview about my photographic journey here), with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduate work in English Literature. I have a strong emotional connection to the natural world and a deep passion for capturing the fluid nature of landscapes through imagery and the written word. I bring an inter-connected and intuitive approach to my photography-as-art to create not just frozen moments in time, but to visually express the essence of light, color, form, line, and texture. As such, my personal vision is one that integrates creativity in the field with ethical behavior toward the natural environment.
The beauty of life for me is that we can look out through the lens of our physical eyes and see a clear, focused vision of the world around us, but we can also look out through the lens of our inner eyes and see more abstract impressions and blurred lines that are unique to each of us in individual ways, in much the same way literature has the power to elicit these same kinds of individual responses.
This altered vision of the world connects us more naturally to the environment and to each other as we begin to see how all life flows together into the same energetic stream. My desire is to create abstract expressions that speak to the fluid nature of this energetic stream and which compel viewers to make more meaningful connections in their lives.
I’ve had images published in numerous publications, including two Irish Light books in Ireland, the inaugural issue of League Magazine in Canada, the Astronomy Ireland magazine, the 2018 Iowa Travel Guide, the February 2019 issue of the international digital magazine Long Exposure Photography Magazine (LEMAG), and had a photographer focus interview in the international Sleeklens blog, to name a few.
Additionally, my abstract image, Spirits of Trees, won 1st place in the Pennsylvania Center for Photography TRANSFORMATIONS Digital Exhibition. And, my abstract image, Esoteric, was selected as one of the Top 5 in an international PhotoLogo competition and was featured on the PhotoLogo blog.