October 13, 2014 Donald Scarinci

What if Edward Hopper had used a camera rather than a paintbrush? A new exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art explores this exact question by pairing Hopper’s paintings from the museum’s permanent collection with the work of contemporary photographers. Edward Hopper, an American realist painter, is known for his use of light and shadow to create mood. While his paintings depict everyday American life in the 1920s through 1960s, they are anything but ordinary. Through the use of light, shapes, and angles, he conveys great beauty and deep emotion. “Nighthawks,” one of his most famous paintings, depicts customers…

August 6, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Photography Tips for Your Sailing Vacation   Photography on an ever-moving sailboat presents many challenges.  After studying the pictures from my most recent sailing adventure in Corsica and Sardinia, there are several tips I can offer. I shot with the new Nikkor 18-300 f./3.50-5.6 VR2 lens on my Nikon D7000.  I brought along one SB-900 flash and my Gitzo 0157 tripod for those times we would dock at a marina.  The tripod is obviously quite useless on a sailboat even when anchored in a calm harbor. While I could count the number of times on land that I have used…

April 21, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Composition and Contrast in the Work of Carrie Mae Weems   Winding your way through the corridors featuring Italian Futurism to the second floor at the Guggenheim, a treasure of Carrie Mae Weems photographs is exhibited in a thought provoking and moving arrangement. Photographers seeking inspiration for their own work and an illustration of how composition and contrast make images with power and punch should visit the Guggenheim to see this.   So too should those seeking insight about how to display their work or their collections. The individual photographs are masterpieces of composition, staging and technique.  Even Weems photojournalism and…

March 24, 2014 Donald Scarinci 1Comment

Chuck Close’s Artistry Transcends Physical Limitations   Upon viewing Chuck Close’s work, you would never know that the renowned painter and photographer was paralyzed from the neck down in 1988, after suffering a spinal arterial collapse. From February 28 through March 29, 2014, his impressive body of work will be displayed at the Pace Gallery in New York City. Chuck Close: Nudes 1967–2014 features Polaroids, daguerreotypes, and an acrylic on canvas painting. The exhibition reflects both the preferred body types and grooming preferences covering a span of nearly five decades. The premiere piece is the 10-by-21-foot Big Nude, which has…

November 6, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Five Good Habits for the Photography Hobbyist   When your day job comes between you and the enjoyment of shooting pictures during the week it is important to form good habits when you pack your camera and take it out for another shoot. How many times have you seen something that made you reach for your camera to take a quick picture when your camera has been packed away for a few days? Maybe it is a family moment. Maybe it is a rainbow after a light rain. Maybe it is just a whim when you are in the middle…

September 2, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Photography Tips for Your Sailing Vacation   Photography on an ever-moving sailboat presents many challenges. After studying the pictures from my most recent sailing adventure in Corsica and Sardinia, there are several tips I can offer. Taking pictures like this one was risky. The picture of moving sailboats was taken at 195mm at f/8, 1/125, ISO200, from a sailboat traveling at 8 or 9 knots. It would have been much safer to go with a higher shutter speed, at the sacrifice of either ISO causing more noise or aperture reducing the depth of field, and risking…

July 22, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Annie Leibovitz: A Celebrated Portrait Photographer   Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz is one of America’s most celebrated portrait photographers. Leibovitz has shot portraits of iconic celebrities and political figures from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Demi Moore and Johnny Depp. Her work remains influential to portraitists and enjoyed by people around the world. Leibovitz was born in 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and started her career at the San Francisco Art Institute where she specialized in painting. Following a brief stint in Israel where she worked as a photographer, Leibovitz earned the opportunity to truly showcase her talents as a staff…

May 13, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Benrimon Contemporary Features First Liz Nielsen Solo Exhibit   It is always a great thing when a contemporary photographer’s work is exhibited in an art gallery that does not normally carry photography.  Liz Nielsen’s solo exhibit at the Benrimon Contemporary in Chelsea is good news for Liz, for collectors of fine art photography and for the art of photography. The Benrimon Gallery made a good decision to offer photography in its gallery and it could not have picked a more talented artist to represent than Liz Neilson. Neilson received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004…

April 15, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Fine Art Photography of Cindy Sherman from Glen Ridge, NJ   Cindy Sherman grew up in Glen Ridge New Jersey where she gets surprisingly little attention in contrast to the international attention this Essex County native enjoys. Sherman’s photographic art appears in her 8 books and it has been exhibited in museums around the world including the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2012.  Her earliest works were also included in an important 1999 Christie’s auction where some sold for a record $190,000, an unprecedented amount for fine art photography at that time.  Those prices are a bargain today….

March 11, 2013 Donald Scarinci 2Comment

Andre Kertesz’s Photography Remains Iconic   Along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz was a pioneer of what has become known as “street photography.”  They captured people doing every day things in Paris between the wars using angles, line and form to compose their image. The Hungarian-born photographer died in 1985, but his art lives on. Kertesz was born on July 2, 1894 in Hungary and purchased his first camera when he was 18 years old. His earliest pictures included photographs of people, ranging from his family to his fellow soldiers when he enlisted in the military at the onslaught of…