Ann Newman (www.annstracts.com) is an emerging photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona, who sees the beauty in what might typically go unnoticed. Her images are close-up and abstract, revealing intimacy and detail. Discovering the symbolism within the image, she encourages others to be aware and appreciative of all the pure beauty around them. After a 30-year career in technology sales, Ann decided to switch gears from corporate life to pursue her creative passions. Through trial and error, as well as workshops and classes, she has learned digital photography over the past three years. Just recently, one of Ann’s images from her online “Yoga Practice” gallery received the honor of being shortlisted for “Close-Up Photographer of the Year.” Two of her images that symbolize “Nature’s Kingdom” were selected last year for Shemer Art Gallery’s exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.