Sunday, May 29, 2011

Botanica - Part Thirteen

© Larry Torno

A few days after I finished a successful botanical photo shoot at Janet and Ron's house, I received a message suggesting that I come back to see their new flower. They were right; the return trip was worth it. This is only one of the many new exposures I made on the follow up visit.
     Thanks again, Janet and Ron.

N E W S  -  F O L L O W  U P 
The Cat's Meow was entered in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Best Shot competition. A total of 9,280 images from 57 countries were received. Barbie made the first cut to 960 photos but was not accepted in the final 186 selections.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Botanica - Part Twelve

Light Upon
© Larry Torno

There's a story about a college art professor who divided his class in half and told them they would be evaluated according to the following criteria. Group A's entire grade would be based solely on the quality of 1 image. Group B, on the other hand, would be graded on the sheer volume of images they created.
     The end of the semester results showed that Group A overworked their piece, constantly trying to refine it. In Group B, the artists worked tirelessly to create new images and along the way, failed, learned from their experiences, took chances, succeeded in areas they hadn't considered and created more challenging work.
     That's what this blog is for me; a chance to look at opportunities, learn something today that I didn't know yesterday and awaken the creativity that lies within.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


© Larry Torno

Although Convergence doesn't have the same movement as Rhythm and Vertical Lift, the motion of the parallel lines from building to building is an appealing composition. I prefer the slightly washed out colors, truncated shapes and uncertainty of focus.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Taking what I learned from the previous posts, Observation and Exploration, I pushed the concept one step further in the study of a reclining nude.

N E W S  -  F O L L O W  U P
Last week's image, Self-Portrait, was accepted in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibition, Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

NEWS - On Exhibit

Artist Aline Smithson writes a daily blog called Lenscratch . . . it's how I start my day.
     Lenscratch is a blogzine that explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community. It's considered one of the 10 Photography-Related blogs you should read by Source Review, and InStyle Magazine.
     Aline recently posted a Call for Entries to an online exhibition titled Self-Portrait.
     After much mental angst and self-imposed criticism, I arrived at a collage image of me and one of my Barbie photographs as the selection.
     I like it and I hope you do too.
     Earlier this year, Aline also hosted Your Favorite Images of 2010, a show that included my photograph Dragonscape.