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Posted: 04/17/13

Curious Critters exhibit
comes to Stony Creek


      With dozens of "Curious Critters," award-winning photographer David FitzSimmons is looking to pique your curiosity with his unusual take on nature photography in an exhibit hosted at Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center.
       "Curious Critters," based on his award-winning children's picture book of the same name, features 24 beautifully vibrant 2 feet by 3 feet images. The exhibit runs through April 24.
       Interested in making his animal subjects the central focus of his images, FitzSimmons photographed his "critters" individually against a white background to spotlight their shapes, colors, textures and seemingly vibrant personalities. Through these images, FitzSimmons hopes to convey the unique qualities of each animal while instilling in visitors both a deeper appreciation for nature and a desire to conserve the natural world.
       In addition, much of the wildlife featured in the exhibit can be found within Stony Creek Metropark, making these charming creatures all the more inspiring for those who frequent the park.
       David FitzSimmons is a free-lance photographer and writer as well as a professor at Ashland University. FitzSimmons photographs and writes for various magazines, including Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, Outdoor Photographer, and Shutterbug. His calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble.
       FitzSimmons' most recent books include "Animals of Ohio's Ponds and Vernal Pools" (Kent State UP, 2011) and "Curious Critters" (Wild Iris, 2011). One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, FitzSimmons presents seminars and workshops across North America. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Telluride Photo Festival, and the National Center for Nature Photography, among other venues.
       He is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, and his three daughters, Sarah, Phoebe, and Annabelle.
       To see more of his work and to find out more about programs and photo workshops, please visit www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com.


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