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December 26, 2013

Chaser of light

PLATTSBURGH Photographer Michael Carrino’s latest exhibition, “Natural Light: Figure, Form and Portrait Studies in Black and White” opens Saturday at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh.

The exhibition explores his fascination with the mysteries of light as it brushes the human form.

“I had done a small part of it with three or four other photographers at North Country Cultural Center for the Arts a number of years ago,” said Carrino, who has been a teacher, poet and photographer in the Champlain Valley since 1971.

In the back of his mind, he always wanted to have a show of these images.

About the work, he writes:

“The black and white photographs included in this exhibition at the ROTA Gallery are examples I've accumulated over the years using natural light in figure, form and portrait studies. All of these photographs were taken using an old Nikon N-50 SLR camera and a 50mm lens. I have always loved B&W photographs, from my first encounters with family snapshots to my study of the works of Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, Helmet Newton, Richard Avedon, and many other exceptional photographers. I've been fascinated by what these artists, often with a broad range of thematic interests, have created while exploring the evocative potential of B&W photography.”

Film has a quality, spontaneity, lacking in digital photography, in his estimation. His images range from the 1990s to the early 2000s and within the last year. He enlarged and framed works and thought they should hang in a gallery rather than his home or locked away in an attic.

“I’m not a real great judge of it,” Carrino said. “I learned black and white photography taking lessons with Shaun Heffernan who used to be here in town. My brother is also a photographer and does a lot of black-and-white figure and portrait work. It came important to me to do natural light.”

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