Steven Wayne to start with commenced taking shots in 2008 of his children and seven canines. But it was a excursion to the beach front in Destin, Florida, that got him commenced on a appreciate of landscape portraits.

“I seriously just wanted to take wonderful pics of my kids,” Wayne stated. “And at one particular issue we experienced close to 7 dogs, so my wife needed photographs of the canine. Sooner or later it acquired to the place the place I desired to photograph other points. I had never been to the seashore just before, so I needed to photograph it. I did a good deal of landscapes of that.”

Right now, Wayne, a self-taught worldwide award profitable photographer who lives in Southaven, has progressed from that to start with digital camera, a Nikon D60, to a Nikon D800, and is constantly on the lookout for fascinating landscapes in Mississippi to capture with his lens.

Apart from pictures of cotton fields, which are easy to find, Wayne explained there are not a lot of shots of Mississippi landscapes.

“When I received back from Destin, I started off seeking for pictures of the Mississippi landscape and genuinely could not locate numerous great pictures,” Wayne mentioned. “If you want a photograph of a cotton industry, there are lots. But there aren’t a ton of landscape shots.”

A single of his landscape illustrations or photos, identified as “Psilocybin,” has been chosen for exhibit in The Mississippi Museum of Art’s 2021 Mississippi Invitational. Wayne is 1 of only 42 artists from across the condition who had been picked to be represented. 

The 2021 Mississippi Invitational features a variety of is effective designed by modern visual artists living and performing in the condition. This year’s exhibit focuses on 3 main themes: resilience, reckoning, and reflection. In addition to possessing their do the job on display, Invitational artists will be ready to implement for the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship, a $20,000 grant awarded to one artist to pursue other imaginative assignments. 

Wayne’s entry “Psilocybin” is a “trippy” photograph of a sunset taken in Coldwater, near Arkabutla Lake. Wayne named the image just after the Psilocybin mushroom, a important component in psychedelic mushrooms which have been well known with the drug lifestyle in the late 1960s and early 1970s that authorized end users to see points in a new way or “tripping.”

Wayne reported he was performing study on Lion’s Mane mushroom, which he will take to assistance with memory reduction, and stumbled upon some YouTube videos by Paul Stamets who took Psilocybin, and preferred to know extra about it.

“He stuttered extremely poor,” Wayne reported. “He had this vacation in a tree seeing this storm arrive in. He claimed the complete knowledge aided him and that immediately right after this experience he was completely healed of his stuttering. He claimed the only time he stutters is when he satisfies anyone that he is actually psyched to meet, like Al Gore. He was enthusiastic to satisfy him and stuttered because he was a genuinely big lover of Al Gore. But he said that (Psilocybin) finally remedied him of that.”

Wayne explained Lion’s Mane mushroom has been a lifesaver for him and he needed to share what he realized about that mushroom and some others because they have far more to offer than just hallucinogenic consequences. 

Studies by Johns Hopkins Middle for Psychedelic and Consciousness Investigation and other individuals have shown that Psilocybin will help with PTSD, dependancy restoration, anxiety conditions, and other psychological health and fitness similar issues.

“When I was generating this graphic, I was watching this details and was wondering how I could place this into an picture,” Wayne mentioned. 

Wayne claimed Coldwater, where he took the image, is 1 of the most stunning landscapes in Mississippi, but is really hard to get to.

“It’s flooded through this time of yr and through the winter and drop months,” Wayne claimed. “Some of the spring months it can be accessible by foot and ATVs.”

Wayne reported in “Psilocybin” he required to convey info about the constructive outcomes of mushrooms rather of just getting a lovely photo of a landscape. He reached the “trippy” appear by flipping the image, then doubling the impression, and layering it on major of the most important graphic with the opacity lowered to 30 p.c.

“When I did this, I was like, ‘this is trippy,’” Wayne reported. “It built the graphic vacation because it is a reflective picture. You have some reflection in the water underneath and what’s earlier mentioned. And it provides Mississippi into it by way of the landscape. Most men and women, if they want to journey, they want to be in an isolated locale like the woods. And this is a beautiful scene. It is serene. It is lovely. It is a trip.”

This is the next time Wayne has had one particular of his pics showcased in the Invitational, the other was in 2019. He explained he enjoys publishing his get the job done to the Mississippi Invitational because the entries are judged by another person out of point out. The picks this yr were being selected by guest  curator Danielle Burns-Wilson, who serves as chief curator of the Houston General public Library. 

“He or she is just hunting at the art,” Wayne mentioned. “They do not know the name. So they are just searching at the artist’s get the job done. And I really like that. I really like the entire plan. It has been a great practical experience. And if you want to see Mississippi through art, this is the way to see it.”

“Psilocybin” will be component of a series of photos that Wayne programs to launch later on this calendar year dedicated to informing people about the optimistic wellness positive aspects of mushrooms.