For the years between 1995 and 2000 C R Cain 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 State Museum in Harrisburg. 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 C R Cain, “Chip” to those who know him, 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 and camped on top of five feet of snow in grisly territory, eight thousand feet up in Glacier National Park after backpacking in with camping gear and an additional 25 pounds of photographic gear. 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.
Awards & Juried Exhibitions2014 International Art Competition – Art Association of Harrisburg 2013 Contemporary Impressionism Exhibition – Whitaker Art & Science Center 2013 Five artist invitational – Art Association of Harrisburg 2013 Art of the State – State Museum of Pennsylvania 2013 International Art Competition – Art Association of Harrisburg 2012 Olympus InVision Pennsylvania Photographers Competition 2012 Epson International Panoghraphic Pano Award 2012 (Bronze) 2012 First Place – Digital Image of the year Competition – Harrisburg Camera Club 2011 Art of the State – State Museum of Pennsylvania 2011 Third Place – Digital Image of the year Competition – Harrisburg Camera Club 2010 First Place – Monochrome Print of the Year – Harrisburg Camera Club
2009 First Place – Best of 2009, Towner Jones Photography Published Images 2014 Publication in ArtisSpectrum a contemporary art magazine (Nov) 2013 Book cover for New York Ghost Towns: Uncovering the Hidden Past – Susan Hutchison Tassin (author) 2007 “Water Lily” was selected as the accompanying photo for the poem “Blue Lotus” by the Chinese poet Yunhe 2006 “Green Abstract” was selected to accompany an article in AmericanWay magazine about eyesight and how it works.