Photographer Karl Coughtry Featured at

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Every month, American Frame, a web-based custom framing and art printing company in Maumee, OH, features the work of an artist from their online art gallery at This month we are pleased to honor photographer Karl Coughtry. Coughtry was selected from over 10,000 artists and photographers. Creating modern nature and still life images via innovative technical strategies, Coughtry is at once contemporary and familiar, dramatic and soothing. The featured work, “Pinpoint Radiance,” demonstrates this sensibility. Prints available for sale at:

"Pinpoint Radiance" by Karl Coughtry

"Pinpoint Radiance" by Karl Coughtry

Coughtry realized he had a unique perspective on color and composition and became particularly interested in supersaturated colors.

Originally from upstate New York, now living in Minden, Nevada near Carson City, Karl Coughtry has been practicing photography for twenty years. With an emphasis on what can be achieved with natural light, he deliberately shies away from trendy techniques and subjects, preferring to keep the focus on his own innovations and innate passions. Drawn to nature and still lifes, after digital photography became available Coughtry realized he had a unique perspective on color and composition and became particularly interested in supersaturated colors. Technically, he prefers diffusers to break down bright sunlight and avoids use of a star filter. Extended shutter time accounts for the intriguing suggestion of nighttime stars in some of his work.

The featured piece is “Pinpoint Radiance,” an otherworldly photograph of a very terrestrial flower transformed through the photographer’s clever manipulation of light. Coughtry began with a dark room, allowing only a very bright, concentrated sunlight in via strategic use of poster board. Combined with a kind of overexposure and a tight focus on the forefront flower, the technique gives rise to the deliberately blurred color abstractions in the background as well as the intense, glowing center of the main flower, its base and stem lying entirely in shadow.

Five years ago, when he found American Frame, Coughtry realized we were a resource for more than frames. “American Frame is like the Amazon of art. Prints, art supplies, framing tools, frames, mats, and a place to showcase my own work. It’s a one-stop shop.”

We framed “Pinpoint Radiance” in keeping with a modernist floral aesthetic, using a moulding from our Shabby Chic collection and three surprising mats. See the custom treatment and a discussion of its dramatic design features on American Frame’s blog at To view all of Coughtry’s work, visit his online gallery.

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