Dr. Frank Serafini is an author, illustrator, photographer, educator, musician, and a Professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature at Arizona State University. Frank has been traveling throughout the United States, in particular the Four Corners Region, wandering across the desert, through forests and along the Colorado Plateau creating images for over 25 years. Frank uses his photography to help others appreciate and protect our natural environment.

In 2008, Frank began writing and illustrating a series of non-fiction picturebooks focusing on nature with Kids Can Press in Toronto. The Looking Closely series contains books about the forest, desert, garden, pond, rainforest, and shore. These books are designed to get young readers to look at the world in new ways and expand their curiosity. A true “Renaissance Man,” Frank loves to travel, sing, play guitar, cook, draw, read, visit art galleries, and watch movies.

In addition, Frank travels around the world speaking about educational issues, such as reading education, children's literature, classroom discourse and reading comprehension. More information about Frank's educational endeavors is available: www.frankserafini.com

We now live in an age of digital manipulation. This world is not as different from the world of the traditional darkroom as one might imagine. Photographers have been manipulating their images since the first daguerrotype was printed. However, with the advent of the computer, the types of manipulation now possible have expanded exponentially. Software programs like Adobe Photoshop allow photographers to create composite images by blending parts of different images into one, or add elements that were never originally in the viewfinder. This is not my philosophy of photography. I use Photoshop and Lightroom to process my images in much the same way I used to work in the traditional darkroom. I often add contrast, set levels, adjust the exposure and add reasonable amounts of saturation to counter the effects of shooting in RAW. If you need to work for more than a few minutes on adjusting an image, you should have captured a better image. It is my hope that my digital adjustments will bring out the feelings and emotions I felt when I originally captured the image. In a world of increasing HDR manipulation, there comes a time to declare how much images are manipulated and be forthcoming with how these images are created.

My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.