Reverend Archimandrite Anthony (Falsarella)
I am a priest and monastic of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. I was born and raised in Paramus New Jersey. I was tonsured a monastic in April 1990 and ordained to the Holy Priesthood on August 10, 1990. I currently serve as the Chaplain to Saint Basil Academy.
I was trained as a graphic artist, and have developed since my teens a love of photography. In late 2006 and the beginning of 2007, while I was laid up with a broken leg, a friend mentioned to me the need for the public to be educated about Orthodox Christian monasticism and its role and witness. That was the genesis for these projects. I have since added to my photo equipment and have taken the time when it permits to start documenting Orthodox Christian monasticism in film and digital images.
For those that may be interested in the technical side of these projects, I am shooting with a 35mm film camera, a Canon Canodate E Rangefinder (my very first camera) mainly for black and white photos with the negatives also being digitized when they are processed. I am also shooting digital images with a Fujifilm X-E2 and X-T20 with various lenses and filters. I am using Adobe Lightroom CC along with Adobe Photoshop CC for special effects.
I would like to thank Reverend Father Alexis Vinogradov of Saint Gregory Orthodox Church (OCA) in Wappingers New York, for the above photograph taken at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy on Thanksgiving Day (November 22) 2007.