Steven Louis Hargrove was a longtime Baltimore County librarian who had a penchant for photographing nature. Steven was a free spirit who loved art, literature, sports, music and, above all, knowledge. Steve passed away on January 24, 2017 following a brave and valiant battle with fibroblastic sarcoma. He was 61. His life story can be found in this Baltimore Sun obituary.
This website is dedicated to Steve's passion for nature and landscape photography. His beautiful works of art have been displayed in local galleries, won awards in photography competitions, been sold at craft shows and online, and hang proudly in the homes of his friends and family. Steve wished to have his work live on, so we proudly carry on his legacy using this website. Steve's family hopes you will derive as much pleasure from his work as we do.
Following are Steve's own words describing his work....
The search for unique images in the natural world is the overriding intent of my photography. I conduct this search in both my back yard and also many miles from home. Occasionally, preparation and luck lead me to the happy intersection of sublime subject and ready shutter finger. After that, I work very hard to produce the highest quality prints I can of those images.
My photographs represent the culmination of years of fascination with and patient observation of the natural world. I grew up studying the sciences at an early age. I read science-related materials extensively, and by the age of ten I had chemistry sets and a microscope and several warnings from my parents to take that "stinky stuff" outside. When I was fifteen I worked in a biomedical engineering lab at the Johns Hopkins medical complex, where I did everything from writing computer programs to assisting in animal surgery. I fell in love with the great outdoors when I was thirteen. That summer the eight weeks I spent in the Adirondack wilderness forever opened my eyes and heart to the immense beauty of the wilderness.
This interest in biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry and the like, combined with my love of the wilderness, imbued me with a life-long passion for investigating and understanding the amazing beauty and complexity of our planet and the natural forces that define and shape it. With my camera I try to capture moments that often pass by unseen and which, when seen, engender a sense of wonder and appreciation in the viewer.
My work is totally digital, utilizing digital SLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and some specialized third-party software. I capture raw images and perform the equivalent of what one would do in a chemical darkroom, only using digital technology.
I work in a color-managed environment, and print on specialized photographic papers using various high quality inkjet printers and archival inks, usually in a semi-gloss or satin finish, but occasionally utilizing matte finish papers. Certain images are also printed on metal (aluminum) or canvas. And, of course, all images on this website are under copyright protection.