My family comes from Fontanarosa, a small town about 1 hour east of Naples, Italy. They settled first in New York, but now those of us who remain reside in the south-west United States. I first picked up a camera to document my passion for nature, the land, and the effects of the weather on my surroundings. My father was a film editor who worked mostly on television commercials in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and had a black and white darkroom in our garage that he built himself. I assume that’s where my interest began.
To document my travels, I use a digital camera, but I feel the lack of texture decreases the effect I am going for, so I play in Lightroom. I began experimenting with black and white images just lately and find they are much more dramatic, I think. So this opportunity to express myself comes at an opportune time.
I have no argument with people who want to reproduce exactly what the camera sees, without manipulation of any kind. But with every choice you make; the type of lens, the use of filters, the aperture, or the setting of the camera, aren’t you manipulating the image? Therefore, I feel justified in reproducing an image with whatever is at my disposal, so that the viewer can see what I want them to see.
Thank you. I hope you will enjoy and follow our new photo blog. I will be posting on Tuesdays and more of my images can be seen at –