Photographer Debbi Funston is showing several pieces of her work at the Comb Goddess, 1104 Lincoln Ave. near the Old West Steak House.

Photo by John F. Russell

Photographer Debbi Funston is showing several pieces of her work at the Comb Goddess, 1104 Lincoln Ave. near the Old West Steak House.

Photographer Debbi Funston keeps an eye open for color, beauty

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¤ Photographer Debbi Funston's work is on display. Funston also runs Sun Bottom Design, a company that provides original artwork, personal and event photography, graphic design and short movies.

¤ Comb Goddess hair salon, 1104 Lincoln Ave.

¤ Go to www.sunbottomdesign.com or e-mail Funston at dkfunston@yahoo.c...

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An image from Winter Carnival by photographer Debbi Funston. Her work is on display at Comb Goddess hair salon, 1104 Lincoln Ave.

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An image of the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo by photographer Debbi Funston. Her work is on display at Comb Goddess hair salon, 1104 Lincoln Ave.

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"Spring Skiing" by photographer Debbi Funston. Her work is on display at Comb Goddess hair salon, 1104 Lincoln Ave.

— It was an overcast day, and the pilots at the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo weren't especially eager to get into the air. For photographer Debbi Funston, the mass of semi-inflated fabric made for some striking images.

"The balloons weren't really taking off too much, but it made the colors just pop," she said, standing in front of an image from that event that's hanging on the walls of Comb Goddess hair salon.

A photographer, graphic designer and artist in her free time - and public education coordinator for Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue during the work week - Funston is a featured artist this spring at Comb Goddess.

Funston has been taking pictures for about five years, but she started displaying them just recently after a push from family and friends. She got her work up in Comb Goddess when Jill Murphy Long - a friend, local author and Comb Goddess client - suggested Funston's work to salon owner Savannah Bongiorno.

"She (Murphy Long) suggested bringing her work in here, and I love it," Bongiorno said. The work probably will be on the salon's walls for the next couple of months, she said. The salon participates each month in the First Friday Artwalk.

Funston sells her photography and art skills through a company she owns called Sun Bottom Design, and tries to add a personal touch to each project. But Funston is not the type to bring a camera everywhere she goes, she said.

"You really strive to take your camera with you, but it's not always possible. : You have to have your eye open for stuff, but I would say most of the shots I've caught have been because I was there at the right time," she said. Some things are better left to memory, she said - but when an image is there, Funston goes for bright colors and natural light.

"I've always been a person that's very attracted to color and contrast, so part of that has been the challenge of finding those shots that you can capture some of that," she said.

One of Funston's photos is featured in the March edition of Hang Gliding & Paragliding magazine, highlighting one of her favorite events to shoot.

"I think it's a good sport, it's very colorful. And a lot of the venues we go to, they're just very bright spots," Funston said about taking photos of paragliding events. "I think it's just been trying to capture those places that are beautiful and share them with people."

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