As a child, photographer Janice Sullivan used a microscope to investigate the world around her. From bugs and plants, to people and everyday objects—Janice was enthralled with the world revealed by this close-up perspective. Swapping out her microscope for a camera and lens, Janice continues to explore a macro view of the world.

“I have always loved art,” says Janice, “and now with my camera and lens, I have a creative way to get up close and personal. I view my camera like the microscope of my youth and change my setting to change up the feel of the image… soft or hard, bright or dark, etc… I just can’t get enough.”

Based in California—where she runs Sullivan J Photography—Janice allows the subject to inform her process.

“I begin to photograph my work by tethering the image on my computer so I can see it better,” explains Janice. “I study the subject to see what is important to me. I start focusing on various parts of a flower and take it further… enhancing color or increasing sharpness in a particular area. I absolutely love color so that is a big part of my work.”

But the subject isn’t the only facet that impacts Janice’s process—time also plays a role in finalizing a piece.

Janice explains, “I rarely feel my images are complete, but when I feel it’s taken me to where I want… soft, happy, elegant, harsh, etc… I’ll leave it a lone for a couple of days and then go back to it. If I don’t feel I need to make any more changes I send the images to my personal stock site and leave there for others to view.

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