Episode 18: Fly Socks & Tees Edition – Cheryl McCain


Cheryl McCain was born in Ocala, Florida. She is a retired Navy veteran who served honorably for twenty years. Two years after retirement, she enrolled at the Art Institute of Jacksonville to study photography. After two years at Al, she left her studies to care for her ailing husband.

 Just before leaving school her work was published in the Miami based magazine, Chellae and Jacksonville publication Void magazine. She has shot and directed two music videos one of which has been nominated video of the year (by DuvalHipHop.com), photographed four album covers for local artists and has been a featured artist at The Groove Suite Artist Edition two years in a row. In 2018 she was one of thirteen photographers selected to contribute to the exhibit "Jacksonville: A Tale of My City" at the Jacksonville Public Library's Jax Makerspace curated by Shawana Brooks and part of the "Let's Go" exhibit at the Jacksonville International Airport's Haskell Gallery. She also was selected and competed in the 2019 Artfields Artist Competition located in Lake City, South Carolina . She was recently selected to participate 2019 Through Our Eyes exhibit at the Ritz Theater and Museum.

Photographers like Willim Eggleston, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Henri Cartier Bresson and James Van Der Zee have had great influence on her process and approach when it comes to capturing any subject. In studying these photography giants, she has developed an eye for drawing the viewer in and telling story with her photography. Her objective is to have the viewer to see the world as she sees it when she looks through her viewfinder. She believes that should be every photographers objective first and foremost.  



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