Long Island Photo Gallery - Photos of Long Island
Jack Calandra

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:

I am conventionally a self-taught photographer currently residing on Long Island NY. I would appropriately describe my photographic vision as open-minded and typically consists of landscape photography, abstract, still life, and basically anything that captures my inquisitive eye. I genuinely like to look closely at objects, using macro photography, and carefully examine them from a unique perspective that most people would routinely ignore.

My Passion for photography began when I was 12 years old and my father bought me a simple box camera which used Kodak 620 film. I was always intrigued by the way that the pictures would come back from the local drug store after sending my film to be developed. This would sometimes take as long as a week and I wondered just how this magic happened. It was not long after that that my curiosity led me to read up on the subject of photography. I was inspired over the years by the works of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Paul Caponigro to name a few. I learned about enlarging and printing black and white images. By the time I was in my early twenty's, I built my own darkroom complete with a homemade sink. I learned to mix developers, stop baths, and toners that I used to print traditional silver-based papers. I enrolled in several darkroom courses at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and at Nassau Community College on Long Island. Of course, this was many years before digital photography was the trend.

At that point in time life happened. Photography took a back seat as my family, children, and fulfilling career in the information technology field kept me busy. However, my enduring passion for creative photography was consistently with me. I adequately managed to shoot a few modern weddings to secure supplemental income on the side. I continued to practice and my photographic vision continued to improve. As time went on, I managed to stay on track with photography as it has evolved into what it is today. Digital photography has undoubtedly become the modern norm. Computer programs like Lightroom and Photoshop have replaced the traditional darkroom process with a digital darkroom. The post process is an important part of creating the final image. Just as a photographer with skills in the darkroom creates a print, the digital photographer uses computer software to manipulate the digital image much like the traditional darkroom technician.

As Ansel Adams famously said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composers score, and the print the performance" So it is true that in this new age of digital photography, the digital image has become the modern equivalent of the composers score and the post process has become a symphony of complex refinements that presents the performance.

Now that I am retired from a successful IT career, I have been spending time honing my skills. I have managed to combine my talents as a photographer with many years of experience in the information technology field which has enabled me to create images that I'm sure would look great in your home or place of business. I humbly ask that you please reserve some of your valuable time to browse through my creative work and my sincere hope is ideally that you will be naturally delighted and inspired by my lifelong passion for the creative medium.




FEATURED ARTWORK BY JACK CALANDRA:

Montauk Point Beach
Rocky Beach And Gull
Reflection Of A Summer Day



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