Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Direction

The tornophoto blog is changing. Beginning April 4, 2010, the tornophoto blog will start posting entries on the first Sunday of every month only. This schedule will allow me time to concentrate on creating new images and exploring ideas that I've been wanting to work on.
     Thank you, as always, for your continued viewership and I look forward to presenting the first of the new Torno photos next week. Keep watching!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Photo Spiva - Part Two

Reformed Spiral Lily II
© 2007
Larry Torno

Reformed Spiral Lily is the second in a series of photos that I worked on in 2007. I enjoyed the possibilities of reforming the composition by adding multiple exposures within the same frame. Although this image was not selected for exhibition, I consider it one of my favorites.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Photo Spiva - Part One

Reformed Hosta Variegae
© 2007
Larry Torno

In 2007, I was fortunate enough to have two of my images selected by artist/juror John Paul Caponigro, for the annual photoSpiva exhibition at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.
     I had been experimenting with the concept of multiple images, abstracted and reformed, within the same composition. In Reformed Hosta Variegae, I already liked the sinewy line created along the edge of the hosta leaf and wondered what the potential was for defining a new shape. The resulting composition was reminiscent of a multi-petalled, sensuous Georgia O'Keefe floral painting.
     Next week I'll present another reformed image that takes on a similar but distinctly different composition.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Midwest Cliché - Part Six

Crystal Cross
© 2010
Larry Torno

Another image from the Midwest Cliché series brings together several personal interests. First, I continue to explore the notion of stereotypical assumptions about the Midwest, then combine that with my interest in real and imagined visions of the Sign of the Cross (first presented on April 26, 2009).
     I wasn't looking for a cross when I came upon this decaying shed but was pleased to discover the subtle shape defined by the horizontal and vertical supports of the door frame. Real or imagined, it's part of the accidental observations that I like to make.
     In case you're wondering what this has to do with the Midwest; the area is considered a safe place to live, where it's not necessary to always lock your door.