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    Photographer, educator, artist and scientist, Lee Hendrickson is an award-winning fine art photographer, exhibiting his artwork both in the U.S and internationally. His photomicrography of crystals, including wine crystals, is included in public, private and corporate collections.

    He is also the author of Lee Hendrickson’s Creative Travel Photography, an instructional DVD set based on his travel photography classes and workshops.

    Lee’s company Side Street Photographics, was founded in 2005, and is dedicated to accessing and developing our individual creative potential and expression.
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    Born and Raised outside Chicago, IL, Lee set up his first microscope in his basement laboratory at the tender age of 12. Paid for through money earned by shoveling snow in the brutally cold Chicago winters, Lee eventually fled to warmer climes of Atlanta, GA where he attended Emory University to pursue his education in the sciences.

    He obtained his B.S. in Biology 3.5 years later and shortly before graduation took his first photograph through a microscope. The subject, Yersinia pestis, aka the rat flea, is the transmitter of the bubonic plague. Realizing the limited market potential of such subjects, Lee began a career as a research scientist in both academic and biotech institutions that would span 35 years.

    Lee is the author and coauthor of over a dozen scientific papers and his career has allowed him to become proficient and contribute to the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceutical formulation and development, and surface plasmon resonance technology. He is a co-inventor on U.S. and European patents.

    Along the way he obtained a degree in Biomedical Photography from Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA. The program honed his skills in both macro and micro photography and it was during his training ca 1980 that his eyes were opened to the beautiful hidden world of crystals. It was during this period he grew his first crystals and took his first photograph through a microscope of these hidden gems.

    In 2005 Lee founded his company Side Street Photographics and not long afterward, having been caught up in his third corporate downsizing, Lee began pursuing and exhibiting his photography as an artist full time.

    The subject matter for Lee’s artwork is quite extensive. In his studio/lab he is actively investigating and experimenting not only new crystalline compounds, but discovering an endless array of patterns in the micro world he photographs.

    Lee is a sought after lecturer and has presented his unique story to interior designers and photography enthusiasts alike.
    Education: BS Biology-Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    AA Biomedical Photography-Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

    Research Scientist:
    1972-2007- Emory University, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Panlabs, Inc., ICOS Inc., Plexera, Inc.

    Professional Photographer and Educator:

    Corporate and Public Displays:
    Phoenician Hotel-Scottsdale, AZ
    Lynwood Convention Center - Lynwood, WA
    Marriott Hotel - Redmond, WA
    Harborview Hospital – Seattle, WA
    Zymogenetics, Inc. – Seattle, WA
    CMC ICOS Biologics – Bothell, WA
    Appaloosa Library – Scottsdale, AZ
    Galerie des Artistes – Puerto Vallarta, MX
    Haus der Kunst Gallery– San Francisco, Nayarit, MX
    Parklane Gallery – Kirkland, WA
    Laureltree Gallery – Duvall, WA

    Awards and Recognitions:
    Sedona Arts Festival- 1st Place Photography (2016, 2018, 2019)
    Sausalito Arts Festival- 1st Place Photography (2019)
    West Valley (Phoenix) Arts Center- 1st Place Photography (2019)
    Tempe Arts Festival- 1st Place Photography (2017)

    Selected Juried and Individual shows:

    Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, AZ
    Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
    Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA
    KAABOO Art and Music Festival, Del Mar
    Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ
    Fountain Hills Arts Festival, Fountain Hills, AZ
    Hidden in The Hills Studio Tour- Carefree, AZ
    Tempe Festival of the Arts, Tempe, AZ

    Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, AZ
    Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
    Sausalito Arts Fair, Sausalito, CA
    KAABOO Art and Music Festival, Del Mar, CA
    Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ
    Master Craftsmen’s Expo- La Quinta, CA
    Hidden in The Hills Studio Tour- Carefree, AZ

    2015 - 2017
    New York Art Expo, New York City, NY
    San Diego Festival of the Arts, San Diego, CA
    Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, AZ
    Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
    KAABOO Art and Music Festival, Del Mar, CA
    Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ
    Scottsdale Waterfront Art and Wine Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
    Carefree Art and Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ
    Sonoran Art Fair, Carefree, AZ
    Fountain Hills Art and Wine Festival, Fountain Hills, AZ
    Surprise Art and Wine Festival, Surprise, AZ

    2012- 2014
    Lynwood Convention Center Public Art Project, Lynnwood, WA
    Marriott Hotel/Workspring Center/VALA exhibitor, Redmond
    Galerie des Artistes/ Group Show Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
    Parklane Gallery/Featured Artist, Kirkland, WA
    Best of Northwest Spring and Fall Shows, Seattle, WA
    Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
    Bellevue Museum Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA
    Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Palo Alto CA
    Scottsdale Waterfront Art and Wine Festival, Scottsdale, AZ
    Carefree Art and Wine Festival, Carefree, AZ
    Haus der Kunst Gallery/Individual Show, Nayarit, MX
    January 10- March 22, 2020
    Arizona Fine Art Expo
    Scottsdale, AZ

    April 3-5, 2020
    Indian Wells Arts Festival
    Indian Wells, CA

    April 25 and 26, 2020
    Little Italy/Mission Federal Artwalk
    San Diego, CA

  • FAQ
    Q: Do you manipulate the colors in the prints?
    A: No, the photographic images are reproduced as originally seen under the microscope.

    Q: How do you take a photo with a microscope?
    A: I use an Olympus BH2 microscope with a trinocular head to which is attached a Canon 5D (20mp) camera. The digital images are captured directly on a laptop computer.

    Q: How did you come up with the idea?
    A: I learned the techniques of photomicrography and that some crystals are quite beautiful under the microscope over 30 years ago. I worked as a research scientist for 35 years, and the two disciplines, photography and science, led me to my interest in crystal photomicrography and artistic pursuits.

    Q: Why can the same crystal look so different in different photos?
    A: I grow the crystals from solution on a glass microscope slide. I can change the solvents used, drying conditions, etc. The remaining variables of time, temperature, humidity, etc. cause the crystal patterns to grow in a variety of patterns, most of which is beyond my control.

    Q: Are the crystals colored?
    A: No. They are clear to translucent. The color comes from refraction of white light and separation into the colors of the spectrum. Much like a prism or a raindrop can produce a rainbow of color.

    Q: How much are the crystals magnified in the prints?
    A: It depends on the image and the size of the print. Typically a 16X20 inch image will be magnified 1000 to 3000 times. The original field would be in the range of the size of the head of a pin or smaller.

    Q: I’ve never seen anything like these. Why not?
    A: There is a unique set of challenges. These include: scientific (figuring out how to grow the crystals), technical (photomicrography has its own set of photographic considerations including depth of field, vibration, lighting, etc.) and equipment setup and costs.
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