For the years between 1995 and 2000 C R Cain, “Chip” to those who know him, was editor and publisher of the poetry magazine, Beauty for Ashes Poetry Review. That experience helped to hone his ability to see his own photographic work with a critical eye.
He has worked to improve his photographic skills, always with an eye toward the creative rather than the technical. In 2011 and again in 2013 his work has been accepted into the Art of The State exhibition at the Pennsylvania State Museum. In 2012 his photo of the White House in Canyon de Chelley won a bronze award in Epson’s International Photographic Pano Awards and his photograph of Aspens in Glacier National Park, Montana was selected as one of 72 photographs representing the best of Pennsylvania photographers and displayed at the Crayola Gallery in Bethlehem PA.
In 2011 Chip completed a six-week trip traveling across the USA visiting many of the National Parks in the west. His travels took him away from his Eastern Pennsylvania home in Mechanicsburg to the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert; the first and most Southern national park on his itinerary and northward to the Canadian Border in Glacier National Park, Montana. He camped 196 feet below sea level in Death Valley, crossed over the Continental Divide four times, hiked to eight thousand feet in Glacier National Park after backpacking in with camping gear and an additional 25 pounds of photographic gear, and camped on top of five feet of snow in grizzly bear territory,. He is passionate about the photographs taken during this trip.
When not gallivanting across the country he is walking the streets of his home town or the streets of Harrisburg PA with photos to prove it. The lines found in almost everything, from architecture to nature are what catch his eye and influences his work.