MARGARET WHITTAKER RENIKER
In addition to the multitude of rocks strewn about our property that my husband has collected over the past 70 years, NAU’s Natural Disasters Class piqued an interest in the myriad of rock formations surrounding Flagstaff. My Capstone project takes a few of those rocks and inspects them at the Macro level.The number of petrified wood rocks that we find just walking in the wilderness continues to amaze me.Occasionally, a rock that appears mundane on top, when overturned, reveals crystals, web-like designs, a profusion of rainbow colors, or other fascinating anomalies. God’s artistry is my inspiration. My challenge is to capture with the camera what God has created. Life is a wonder!
I am Margaret Whittaker Reniker. My family legally immigrated from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Tempe, Arizona when I was 15. My Dad gave me a Brownie camera when I was 10 and taught me to see the world from different angles using light, color, perspective, etc. Last year, my husband, Will, gave me a Canon 5D Mark IV so that I could expand the artistic capabilities available to me. The two best men in my life – and not just for the cameras! Their support and encouragement have fueled my passion. After 35 years as an administrative assistant, I awoke one morning to the affirmation, “I don’t want to go to work – I just want to spend this – and all my days – as a photographer.”