Sunday, December 25, 2011

Recent Work - 2011.12 Part 3

Abstract 73
© Larry Torno

Part 3 of the Recent Work series is titled Abstract 73. It was shot on the same day as the two previous posts and also as next week's Part 4 post.
     I've had good response to these abstract photographs, with the most frequent comment being "What is it?" Some people have figured them out and others prefer not to know.
     With that in mind, I submit the following description of today's post - "It's very timely."

     If you really must know more, drop me an email at and I'll fill you in. Otherwise, enjoy the photo and the holidays.

Parts 1 & 2 of the series.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Recent Work - 2011.12 Part 2

Abstract 47
© Larry Torno

Abstract 47 is the next image in a series of recent work.
     I keep looking through the lens of my camera, finding new visions to share with anyone willing to expand their visual sensitivities.

Last week, I posted Rechanneling Morris Louis.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Recent Work - 2011.12 Part 1

Rechanneling Morris Louis
© Larry Torno

Rechanneling Morris Louis is the first in a series of recent images that were spawned by a curator's comment; "You're still shooting abstracts aren't you?"
     It sounded more like a directive than a question. And it hinted at a suggestive compliment, albeit a subtle one.
     Let's face it. As artists, we all want comprehension by our audience of our ideas, our attempts, our creations. We strive for the moment when someone shares our vision and nods validation.

SOLD - Thank You

Close Encounter - recently sold and on its way to California. Thank you Seth.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Curated - Part Four

It's the return of Barbie. First with an appearance in the June 15, 2011 issue of the LA Times, then with select images from the exhibition, When Is A Doll Not A Doll?, and lastly with 2 new images never shown before. (click on any image for a larger view)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Curated - Part Three

On September 17, 2011, the French blog La Lettre de la Photographie, posted an entry about my photo series, Focal PointLa Lettre was voted a Winner in Life Magazine's 2011's Best Photo Blogs.
Today's self-curated show features additional images from the series.
     All images are 30" x 20" and are available through Bruno David Gallery.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Curated - Part Two

In August, 2011, I posted Curated - Part One, a collection of images in a self-curated, mini-exhibition. The response was so positive that I've wanted to create another show ever since.
     Curated - Part Two exhibits a series of images titled Decommissioned. The concept deals with the decommissioning of the tools of war and their re-introduction into communities and neighborhoods.
     (click on any image for a larger view)
 Attack at Big Bend
Bingo Bombs 
Battle of the Curly Slide
Money to Loan
 Playground Equipment
Ride 'Em

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton

A curator once told me to title my photos based on what I was thinking at the time I created the images. Here then are Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton (in that order).

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Recent Work - 09.2011 Part 5

Center of the Universe
© Larry Torno

In my quest to simplify, I created Center of the Universe, an image with a minimal amount of elements, that stirs maximum impact and design sensitivity.
     This photograph needs to be printed in the largest format possible.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


The Edge
© Larry Torno

After posting four weeks of Recent Work abstractions that were shot indoors, I decided to get out and look for something new. I unexpectedly found this photo opportunity on my way to shoot some portraits.
     The area is new to me and I saw a lot of potential for other images. For now, this was the quick shot that I grabbed before starting the people pics.


The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
online exhibition, Interregional, gave Honorable Mention to my image Wyoming Bible.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Recent Work - 09.2011 Part 4

Orange Tights
© Larry Torno

The past few weeks of recent work have revealed abstractions of objects, reinterpreted as images of art. Orange Tights is another opportunity to explore visual aspects in terms of re-identification.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Recent Work - 09.2011 Part 3

Seven Solutions
© Larry Torno

When it comes to my photography, I'm all over the place. I don't have any one particular style or concentrate on any given subject matter. I prefer to approach my art with an enthusiasm for anything that peaks my interest. This medium is still very new to me and I have an appetite for exploring the possibilities that I let slip through my hands when I was in art school. For now, the world around me is my classroom.
     To see a more comprehensive collection of my work, go to and browse through the portfolios.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Recent Work - 09.2011 Part 2

Abstraction 7/9
© Larry Torno

Creating work that I like, takes me in many directions. Most often, I try to throw out conventional thinking and look for something that I didn't know was there. I enjoy this process of discovery and was pleased to find and shoot the above photographs that were combined into one image titled Abstraction 7/9.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Recent Work - 09.2011 Part 1

Giacometti's People (I) 
© Larry Torno

Giacometti's People (I) is a new image that sprung from a moment of "seeing". I saw the idea for a photo, watched the light come upon the scene and knew it was something I wanted to keep. 
     I previewed this photo with my friend Lynn, who made the best comment; "I like that I don't know what they are which leaves the imagination free to choose what to see."
     Thanks Lynn, I couldn't have said it better myself.
     Giacometti's People (I) is the first image in a triptych of photos.

Let me know if you like this new approach and I'll post some other images from the series.  

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Seen and Noted

I've driven past this so many times that I've forgotten how bizarre it is. I guess even sheet metal manufacturers feel the need to be creative.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Exhibition - Online

The French blog, La Lettre de la Photographie, has posted a portfolio of my Focal Point series on their web site La Lettre de la
La Lettre was voted a Winner by Life magazine in 2011's Best Photo Blogs.
     More of the series can be found at the Bruno David Gallery.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stereoscope - Part Two

East Facade, Looking West
© Larry Torno

My friend, the Painter +, made a comment about one of my photos looking like a stereoscope and that idea stuck in my head.
     Earlier this year I posted a photo titled Camper under the headline of Stereoscope - Part One. I liked the concept that it had the qualities of a symmetrical mirror image. Homes in that area have few identifying details that set them apart.
     Today's image, East Facade, Looking West, is another example of my Simplify mantra and the stereoscopic notion. You can enlarge the image to see patterns of bricks and mortar but I prefer the flat, geometric approach to this photo.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Documentary - Part One

In 2005, my wife and I spent a week in Grand Canyon National Park. I've already posted some of the big landscape images on this blog, and now wanted to show some of our journey to the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Canyon.



The white dot in the center of the photo is actually the lead mule in the team ahead of us.