Welcome. Relax, pull up a comfortable chair, have a drink, and enjoy the view.  Friends are always welcomed to talk about what is on their mind.  Stay as long as you like. If you enjoy the show, please stop by again soon. 

Sailfest 2017 and Frank Parisi Photography

September 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



The great annual street fair know as Sailfest will be this coming Saturday, September 9th and I will, once again, be there will a great collection of photographs for your viewing and buying pleasure!  The action gets under way at 10 am and runs till 6 pm and, as in past years, it will be on River Avenue in beautiful Island Heights.  The long range forecast is for great weather, so plan on coming to town and enjoying the bands, the great food, and the crafts, of course!  I hope to see you then!!

An opportunity to see what I have been up to....

July 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



     I am pleased to announce that about a dozen of my photographs taken at a fabulous Black Glass Gallery Meet Up at Steel Stacks, in Bethlehem, PA (a few of which are presented here), will be part of the decor, and for sale at the newly expanded Sunrise Clothing Shop, in Downtown Toms River, run by my buddy the incredibly talented artist Travis Applegate. The shop features new, used, and vintage clothing, and lots of other cool stuff. The official re-opening, which will be at 53 Main Street, Toms River, is this coming Saturday, July 8th between 9 am and 9 pm. Travis has a full day of activities planned, including music, poetry, and wine after 6 pm. Please stop by and say hello and enjoy the show!! If you can't make the opening, don't worry.  The shop is open daily (except Sundays) and my photographs will be on display and for sale until after Labor Day.  I hope to see you on Saturday!!

Create vs. Capture

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

   Perhaps more than any other artists, photographers have a clear choice on how to make their art.  Although there are obviously many ways to make art, here I want to look at two that are most applicable to photographers.


 One method is creative photography. Using this technique, a photographer can create the image that he or she whats to photograph, arranging the elements in a way that reflects a particular vision or to reproduce an image seen or imagined previously. Fashion, portrait, product, and especially food photographers, fall into this category.  The goal of the photographers engaged in these genres is to make their images as attractive, intriguing, and appealing as possible so as to get the viewer to love and want to purchase--or eat--what they see.

         Evening sail.Evening sail.     

   The other method is capture photography, in which the shooter has little or no idea what image they will see and find appealing before clicking the shutter.  This type of photography often waits for an image to present itself and the photographer seizes the opportunity to capture it forever.  Street, landscape and astrophotography, wildlife, and especially sports photographers fall into this category. Such photographers strive to be at the right place, at the right time, to "capture" an image that appeals to the photographer's inner sense of interest, beauty, harmony, or attractiveness.

   An exception to this dichotomy is wedding photography, because such photography combines elements of each method.  Indeed, at times the wedding photographer must direct the bride and groom and wedding party on where to stand, where to face, when to smile, and when to look serious.  Yet there are also times when a wedding photographer must be prepared to capture spontaneous action, and people and expressions that are fleeting, such as the scene at the reception after the ceremony.


 I am, without question, a capture photographer.  I like to take photographs of things as I see them, or objects or people that are in motion.  I will take a boat under full sail or in a race any day over a bowl of fruit or a portrait.  Although I have done some work as a creative photographer, I have to work to get a decent image.  It does not come naturally.  For me, capturing a moment in time, such as a bird in flight, is infinitely preferable to arranging the lighting on a plate of pasta or telling a person to look left or to stand one way or another.

     Although I am certain there are photographers who can use each method equally well, and a good photographer must try all methods and techniques, I would guess that ultimately every photographer finds the technique, either creative or capture, that enables their talents to shine!






Thank you for "Seeing Double"

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



  Just a quick note to let you know that the opening for my joint show with Karen Pomeroy, entitled "Seeing Double," was a big success.  We had about 50 visitors between 1 and 3 pm at the Grunin Center of the Arts, at Ocean County College, and all seemed to enjoy the show.  Several people who I saw since then said they saw the show afterward and that they enjoyed it very much.  Karen and I even managed to sell a few pieces, which is always gratifying.

    The visitors seemed to be intrigued and amazed by the premise of the show and the result:  that two artists could work separately, but come up with works that address each other.  Several years ago, Karen asked me if I minded if she used some of my photos as models.  I said yes, of course.  Since then she has combed my website and picked photos that piqued her fancy and re-interpreted them in her own unique style, using oils, watercolors, or acrylics.  Some of the works are very close in tone and composition; some are very different from each other.  When it came time to hang the show, the similarities and differences became obvious--but the great thing is that they all seem to work together.  Some are abstractions from very realistic originals, but all are recognizable and enjoyable to the viewer--which is what an artist wants.

    If you missed the opening, you still have until the end of the month--Friday, May 26th to be exact--to take it.  We were asked if this will be a traveling show, but there is no plan to move it elsewhere at this time.  That said, I will be involved in curating a show based on this same idea at the Belmar Arts Center in October.  Stay tuned for details!!

Invitation to "Seeing Double" now at Ocean County College!

May 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


      This is a reminder that my joint show with Karen Pomeroy, entitled "Seeing Double" is now on display at the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, in Toms River.  The "official" opening and reception with Karen and I in attendance, will be this coming Sunday, May 7th, from 1 to 3 pm.  Tasty snacks and refreshments will be provided, together with some wonderful art!  Please join Karen and I if you can.  If you cannot, fret not!  The show continues until Friday, May 26th.  The Grunin Center is open from 10 to 5 pm every day and evenings when there are performances at the theater.  I hope to see you Sunday!




April 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



   If you have gotten to this point on my site, you must have noticed my collection of bird photographs showing on the initial slideshow.

   Although I have taken many photographs of our feathered friends over the years, only recently have I collected the best of them into a gallery, now available for your enjoyment.  I don't consider myself a wildlife or bird photographer--that latter genre is my brother Joe's speciality. I have taken bird photographs once in a while, when I am visiting my brother in Florida (a great place for such photography) or in winter when photographic subjects are fewer.  It is a specialized area, with certain conventions (i.e., never clip a wing when cropping, make certain the eyes are sharp, get the birds in flight, not at a feeder, etc.). What I like is that you must also shoot very quickly and always be ready for a shot.  In this way, bird photography is a lot like sports photography--you must always be prepared to shoot at a moment's notice, or in anticipation of action, with all your settings and focus perfect and ready.  It is something I have come to appreciate more and enjoy more, but I still have much to learn. I plan to add more photos to the gallery as I take more and better shots.  

   Meantime, enjoy and please let me know if there are any photographs in particular that you enjoy.  

Seeing Double!

April 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


   Consider this an invitation!

    After much work, my joint show with Karen Pomeroy, entitled "Seeing Double: Two Visions, Many Expressions" will be opening on Sunday, May 7th.  The show will be at the Grunin Center for the Arts, which on the campus of Ocean County College.  The reception will be between 1 and 3 pm and it will feature a total of 35 works, with the theme being how my images have inspired Karen's creativity to create wonderful, unique depictions in oils, watercolors, and acrylics.   The show runs until May 26th.  All work at the show is for sail (er, sale), as will copies of this flyer signed by the artists.  I hope you can join us on May 7th!  

An Update on "VISIONS: The Art of the Toms River Artists Community (TRAC)"

April 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


        Just an update on the show....It opened as planed on Sunday, April 2nd at 1 pm, and we had a very good-sized crowd that seemed to enjoy the work!  A total of 21 artists are participating, and a total of 37 works are installed in Galleries 1 and 2.  It is a very eclectic collection of unique styles and mediums, all very well executed. The works include glass arts, digital renderings, paintings, pastels, watercolors, dioramas, and photographs, of course, including two of mine.  The show continues until April 30th, and admission is free, of course.  The Guild's hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.  I hope you can stop by and see the show before it closes.


VISIONS: The Art of the Toms River Artists Community (TRAC) at OCAG

March 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



              Mark April 2nd, 2017 on your calendar!  That is the date of the opening reception for "VISIONS: the Art of the Ocean County Artists Community (TRAC)" at the Ocean County Artists Guild in Island Heights. The show will feature the diverse works of the members of the community, of which I am a member.  It will include sculpture, paintings, drawings, digital art, watercolors, glass works, miniatures, and photography, of course!!

             The show runs from April 1st to April 30th.  The reception will be between 1 and 4 pm and will feature many TRAC members, members of the Guild, art lovers, and a nice spread of tasty snacks.  Those will be secondary to the art, however!  Please try to make it either to the reception or the show.  

             In addition to my participation in "VISIONS", my work continues to be featured elsewhere.  Three of my images are part of the prestigious Guild for Creative Art's "EYESIGHTS" show in Shrewsbury.  The quality of the work there is unbelievable and worth a trip from any place in the state!  I also have work featured at the Belmar Arts Center, specifically, the 13x19 Show, for which I received an award for "Sailor Dance."  It continues until this Saturday, March 18th. It will be followed by JAS 13, the BAC's most important annual show of art in a variety of mediums.  The reception for JAS 13 is April 1st from 5 to 7 pm.  This will be an outstanding show.  I proud to have one of my black and white images selected to participate in this fabulous exhibit.  Finally, as in the past few months, I will have an image at the nifty new TRAC gallery in Downtown Toms River.  Please stop by if you find yourself in the area.

            Needless to say, as the weather warms up, the opportunities to see wonderful art keeps getting better and better!!

March is here--Can Spring be far behind?

March 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


  RoseRose      IrisIris

Today is March 1 and the weather, despite the rain and clouds, is warm and wonderful.  This has been a very mild winter so far, but that can change--quickly!  Indeed, the forecast for Friday, March 3rd, is snow showers!! That's March weather for you--Spring one day, Winter the next!  Glorious yellow daffodils are sprouting in the front yard, but the plane trees in the back yard are black and barren.

In honor of March and the coming of Spring, I have put my "Flowers and Plants" Gallery at center stage on this website.  It includes photographs of images I have captured in many different places, including Europe, the Caribbean, Florida, Cuba, South Carolina, and the Jersey Shore, of course.  If you get the chance, you should check it out.

This is also the start of a busy time for photographers, and I am no exception.  As noted in my last blogpost, I have work in three galleries at present (including "Sailor dance" at the BAC, for which I won a nice award--yea me!) and I am getting ready for a show next month and a busy selling season.  I have also been shooting (with a camera, of course) a lot of local winter wildlife.  I will be including these and shots I have taken in Antartica, the Caribbean, Florida, and elsewhere, in a new gallery I hope to have up within the next few days.

Meantime, I suggest you enjoy the nice weather while you can, because you can be sure that it will change dramatically by tomorrow!