Sunday, July 29, 2012

Observe, Compose, Create

Not everyone understands what I do. Here's a chance for me to try to explain how an observation turns into a photograph.
     I see something that catches my eye. In this case, a still life in my office. The color photo shows my observation (from left to right) – a section of a cream colored mat with gold frame, a hideous green painted wall (thank you previous owners), the angled edge of a leaning maple wood frame, a dark shadow caused by the slanted frame, the sliver of another hideously painted wall (yellow this time) and the surface of the last hideously painted wall (blue). What you don't see (thankfully) is the remaining pink wall.

I see this composition as flat and geometric shapes, convert the image to black and white, experiment with exposures and create a photograph that abstracts the essence of the original elements but presents them in a new and interesting vision.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


© Larry Torno

Our friend, SJ Hammack/painter+, dropped by with housewarming flowers. It was a nice visit, a thoughtful gesture and an inspirational gift that spawned the image above.

It's time for another Barbie post on

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Composition Study

Anyone that follows this blog knows that I consider myself an observer first, and a photographer second. The camera is a means for producing the images I discover and the compositions I create.
     These three recent photos were part of a study of form and composition. The content follows my basic theme of simplicity in nature and rendering the subject in terms of shape, texture and pattern.

I N  T H E  N E W S

My photo, Evening Storm, was featured on the French website Le Journal de la Photographie.

Last year they posted some images from my Focal Point series.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Focal Point - Part Seven

Focal Point 122
© Larry Torno

Since our move to the new home, we've been focusing on painting the interior walls. I've become acutely aware of the subtle differences of the blending of colors as the light changes in each room.
     I took out my camera to observe the ethereal beauty of light, shape and color in some new compositions. Today's post captures what I like best about the Focal Point series - fluid form and transparent hues.

Sunday, July 1, 2012