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.
January 07, 2018 • Leave a Comment
The title of today's blog says it all. It was -5 degrees when I rolled out of bed and it is now a blazing 20 degrees in the sun. I am a warm-weather summer person, which should be obvious from the photos on this site. I usually endure Winter, at best, and this year has been a trial (weather-wise), to say the least. I am counting down the days until Memorial Day Weekend (138 from today, FYI). I understand that there are many fans of Winter out there and I wish them well. In the meantime, I am offering a few photos of mine taken this time of year in past years and enjoying the sun whenever I can. How about you? How do you make it through the long cold days of Winter?
December 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I have just looked over my blog posts from 2017, and it is hard to believe that a year has gone by so quickly! As I anticipated, it was a busy year for my photography--one solo show, one show with my pal Karen Pomeroy, and curating two shows, one at the OCAG for the members of TRAC and one at the Grunin Center for the Arts, also for TRAC. This is while also participating in several shows at Belmar Arts, the Guild of Creative Arts, the TRAC Gallery, and the Ocean County Artists Guild, plus posting regularly on Facebook and Instagram, and shooting whenever possible--Whew! I am tired just thinking about all this!
I anticipate that 2018 will be just as busy as 2017. Although I have no shows in the pipeline that are either solo or curated by me, I expect to take as many photographs as ever and I will be participating in the same number of shows, exhibits, events, etc., if not a few more. I know I will have more opportunities to go on shoots, thanks in large part to joining with a group of excellent, awesomely-talented photographers know as the Black Glass Gallery. The group is based in Asbury Park, but it is much more than folks from that location (indeed, the members are from all over Jersey)--it is a fantastic group of people who go to the most interesting places within 100 miles of the city and take the most amazing photographs. According to several people, my work has gotten markedly better since I joined the group--and I am deeply thankful for that. Photographically and personally, my joining the group was one of the highlights of 2017 for me. I am greatly looking forward to the adventures that 2018 brings with the group, and the trips I undertake on my own. My wife and I have a nice long trip planned for next Summer and my camera is certain to along for the ride.
Anyway, as 2017 winds down, let me wish all the happiest New Year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2018. Whatever your passion, I hope you are able to enjoy it and that it inspires and fulfills you during the coming months. If you are a photographer, happy shooting!!
November 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Anyone who has visited this site before knows that photographs of sailboats are among my favorite things. So, I was glad to be invited to photograph the 2017 edition of the Turkey Bowl, hosted by Toms River Yacht Club and organized by my pal Billy Warner. He did a fabulous job of organizing the event, the food provided by Past Commodore Art Bailey and his wife Tracey was great, and the weather was perfect. It was probably my last day of shooting sailboat races for 2017 and it could not have been more ideal. The racing and the photographic conditions were pretty awesome as well!!
To show the images from the day, I have tried something I hope that you like. I have created a special gallery for the photographs and have featured them on the home page of my site, so that anyone looking for them can find them without difficulty. If you or anyone wants to purchase a photo or two, which I would appreciate, you can buy it through the site or you can contact me directly at email@example.com for pricing and deliver options. Meantime, enjoy the show!!
November 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Hard to believe, but it is time again for the holiday season and celebration of the new year. Boy, did that year go by quickly!!
Like last year, my work will be included in the wonderful Belmar Arts Center "Winter Solstice, Fine Arts and Crafts Holiday Market." There will be a wide variety of works from a variety of artists, including potters, basket weavers, sculpturs, jewelers, glass artists, painters, and photographers--of course.
The Market has everything you need for the special people on your holiday shopping list-relatives, friends, co-workers and everyone in-between!!
The Market is at the BAC building, at 608 River Road, Belmar, and open from 1 to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, November 24 to January 12.
Please stop by and bring your holiday list--you will find great, unusual gifts and help an artist!
November 01, 2017 • Leave a Comment
For many photographers, their craft is a solitary undertaking. They enjoy the chance to get away from family, friends, or responsibilities for a morning or afternoon, and go and do something they love without interruption. Then there is also the time spent in post-processing images, a task that pretty much demands undivided attention for acceptable results to be achieved.
While I will admit to enjoying taking a stroll with just my camera and my creativity, I must admit that I get more enjoyment from going with another photographer or a group of photographers to shoot. I am fortunate to have stumbled across several such groups here in central New Jersey. Of these, the best so far is a group out of Asbury Park named the Black Glass Gallery (www.blackglassgallery.com). No, it is not really a gallery like we usually think of one-a building or studio—Rather it is a collection of very talented photographers with many different backgrounds, in a variety of stages in life and ages, united by a deep love of photography and friendship with each other.
Since I joined the group last March, we have gone to a number of fascinating places, including the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA, Luna Parc in northern New Jersey, and Sandy Hook Lighthouse. There were many more meet ups, usually one a weekend I wish I could have joined in but could not due to prior commitments. The group is composed of approximately 150 photographers with all levels of proficiency, from rank beginner with a cell phone to professional with a Hassablad. Not everyone is on every trip, which is good, because that way one gets a chance to chat and swap camera info with different members. I am always picking up great shooting tips because everyone is eager to share their knowledge about and enthusiasm for photography.
One of the amazing things is how after a shoot, when images are posted on social media, how every photographer sees the same things a bit differently, either from angle, or color, or after post-processing. Each photographer has his or her own style or approach to what they see, so there are almost no duplicates. Some people like close-ups, some further-back shots. Some people concentrate on the details, some like to juice things up in post-processing. Amazing and invigorating! I am not hesitant to say I have been inspired and energized by the work I have seen and the people I have met. In fact, the experience has been one of the best, photographically speaking, of 2017! I can't wait for more meetups with the group this year and beyond!
October 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment
"TOGETHER", a show I have co-curated with Belmar Arts Trustee Jim Aberle, will have its reception at the Boat House this coming Saturday, October 28th, between 5 and 7 pm at the Belmar Arts Center. The idea behind this show is to display the work of people working "together" on a common project, or to produce variations on the same image, or to present several items that go "together." I may be biased because I am so involved, but I think this is a great show! The ideas submitted are truly ingenious and clever--very imaginative--in short, excellent art.
For example, there are several works that combine the words or poetry of one person and the visual art of another. An example of this is the piece submitted by my good friend Bill Ross, which features a poem and his incredible, meticulous drawing. A fun piece is composed of brightly-colored items found on the beach at Belmar and offer a sad commentary on our disposal society and the plastic items people leave on the beach in summer. My work is included and it features the above photograph and two variations on the same subject in very different mediums--very inventive!
The prizes will continue the theme of "together", as the audience will actually be asked to select the winners. Ballots are now available for any visitor to the gallery to vote for their favorite piece. There will be no cash awarded, just bragging rights. But in order to avoid ballot stuffing, only one ballot per visitor will be permitted. The results will be tallied up on Saturday and the winners will be announced at the reception!
I hope to see you Saturday. If you cannot make it, the show will continue until November 18th. But voting ends on Saturday, so if you want to make your choice count, stop by the gallery by October 28th. I hope to see you then!!
October 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I will be participating in the Toms River Harvest Festival in Downtown Toms River again this year. It will take place on Saturday, October 21st, between 11:30 am and 5 pm, on Washington Street, near the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library. I will be offering my fine art photographs in cards, matted prints and framed prints of all sizes--ready and priced right for you to get a jump on your holiday shopping (It is never too soon to start)!! I hope to see you--yes, I mean YOU--there!
October 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I attended the reception today for the Floralia show at the Guild for Creative Art today and was very pleasantly surprised. I was surprised and delighted when I received an e-mail informing me that one of my photographs, "Dark Sails," which is on display at the Guild, would be the subject of a floral interpretation. I went to the show not knowing what to expect. I was again surprised and delighted when I saw the results. The designer, Marina Kerber, did an outstanding job--her design was very abstract and very clever. She artistically combined metal sculpture, orchids and other flowers, and painted leafs in a piece that actually echoed my photograph! It was a pleasure meeting her today and explaining how I made the image she used for her work. The floral show continues for a few more days, while the art will remain hung until the end of the month. It is well worth your time to see my work, plus the six or eight other works that received a wonderfully inventive floral interpretation. I am in awe of the creativity of Marina and all of the other designers!! Stop by and you will be too!
October 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I am surprised and delighted that "Dark Sails," one of the works I entered in the Guild for Creative Art's current Juried Show, was selected by Marina Kerber, a floral designer for the New Jersey Chapter 22 of Floralia, to base her design on for the Floralia show at the Guild.
The set up is Friday, October 13th, and the reception is Sunday October 15th, between 2 and 4 pm. It is a very cool event--with great food and drink, and open to the public free of charge. I hope you can join me for this unique show.
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!!
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Recent Posts#notmyfavoriteseason Out with 2017, in with 2018....... Scenes from the Turkey Bowl, 2017 Frank Parisi Photography and the BAC Winter Solstice Shooting with Friends--Try it! You Might Like It! "TOGETHER" Reception this Saturday, October 28th, at Belmar Arts Me and the Toms River Harvest Festival--This Saturday, October 21st!! ...and here is the amazing design with the designer and the photographer! "Dark Sails," and Floralia at the Guild For Creative Art Sailfest 2017 and Frank Parisi Photography