Nicholas Scarpinato is a 19 year old photographer based in Virginia. His love of photography has grown from a camera his parents owned. He says the images he takes are “designed to expand the intellectual limits of surreal photography.”
To achieve such a unique look to his images, Nick uses a 50mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4 and a 35mm f/2 lens combined with a Canon EOS 5D MKII. A combination of drawing and painting are also used to also help create such a surreal look. An example of this can be seen in the before and after image of a hand painted black and white photograph shown below. As Nick explains this technique was popular before colour photography.
Almost all of my photographs and films are sketched out. Unless I see something that is just so intriguing that I cant help but take a photo. This is an example of what I do. You can see how my photos change from the sketches.
On his blog abstractnumbers inquired: This may be a cliche question but as an artist, how do you feel about from when you first started photography and where you are now? Was there a certain experience that changed your way of creating or has it always been the same?
When I look back I released that I knew nothing about photography and art. It’s funny though, at the time I thought I knew everything there was to know but in reality I knew nothing. I was ignorant and young. In some ways though, it was nice not to know so much about art and how the art world works. At that time I wasn’t brain washed by the expectations of others. At that point I didn’t feel pressure to create something better each time. I felt quite free to make anything I wished. I didn’t know that politics rather than talent drove the art world. However, at the end of the day I am thankful for the education I have received about photo and art. I can use what I know to learn from the mistakes that artist have made in the past. I can use it to intellectually incorporate ideas and concepts in my work rather then just beautiful visuals.
Nicholas also has a talent for the moving image.
A short film. I wanted to experiment with light and color. I also wanted to create the feeling that something big is about to happen. Everyone is on edge for what is going to happen…
School project. I wanted to take a yoann lemoine video and see if I could make something similar. Its for learning how to make a well constructed film. I am not by any means claiming this concept as my own. I learned alot from filming so check it out!
Just a small little video from my photo adventure!
To see more of Nick’s photographs follow him on his Facebook Page here.
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