The Photo Monk's Blog



The Photo Monk's Blog

Journey with me as I describe the different steps, shoots, and experiences I encounter as I prepare these projects in documenting Orthodox Christian monasticism.

The Art Spirit Connection - by Giulio Sciorio

September, 2017

Giulio Sciorio - Creator's Path Podcast
The Art Spirit Connection - Original Website & Podcast

We are here to create, it's what makes us human. When we create we become in touch with a space that is beyond language. while in the sacred space of the creator, time slows and we are in touch with our authentic selves. We've all faced this truth, this enlightenment that can be described simply as God.

For this episode of Creator's Path, I'm talking with Father Anthony Falsarella who's a monk and professional photographer. We talk about the art/spirit connection, the work Father Anthony has created for the Greek Orthodox Church and how he's become a photomonk.

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What is happening with me

July, 2017

For any that may be following not much has been done with this site for almost a year. Just because you are not seeing things here does not mean I am not out and about shooting and creating images.

Let me get into a little of why you have not seen much here at all. About a year ago the former host of this site decided upon raising the price for hosting and the domain name to unacceptable levels. So, with that, things had to moved and reorganized. If anyone knows me well, they know I am not the greatest in web design. Thankfully a great friend and devout Orthodox Christian was able to get the site moved and the basic design setup. That solved the initial problem that I had, but what about new content?

 

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What is happening with me

July, 2017

 





For any that may be following not much has been done with this site for almost a year. Just because you are not seeing things here does not mean I am not out and about shooting and creating images.

Let me get into a little of why you have not seen much here at all. About a year ago the former host of this site decided upon raising the price for hosting and the domain name to unacceptable levels. So, with that, things had to moved and reorganized. If anyone knows me well, they know I am not the greatest in web design. Thankfully a great friend and devout Orthodox Christian was able to get the site moved and the basic design setup. That solved the initial problem that I had, but what about new content?

Well, I have been shooting just not what you may imagine. Around the same time as the move of this site, I had developed a sort of creative block. I was not happy with some of what I was shooting. Part of it was I was not happy with my tools. So, towards last summer I decided to try something new in that area and picked up on special my Fujifilm X-E2. I was not fully comfortable with it as a primary camera when I traveled, and getting used to it was a little bit of a learning curve that took a while, but in the end helped produce splendid images. I did use my micro four-thirds gear when I traveled and the image on this post tells you it was still great to use and capture with.

I decided beginning with my travels, that I was going to capture more “ordinary” subjects, creatively. Things like reflections, unusual scenes, people living life, etc. I also challenged myself to capture some extraordinary things like a ballet dancer jumping and capturing him in mid-air, along with some artistic compositions. Each and every opportunity that I took to shoot and capture reinvigorated me creatively. I can see that as I go through my files progressively over that I took over the past year. I am now excited again to get out and capture some of the icons and churches that I will be encountering in the upcoming year.

Finally, I also came to realize that I was too gear heavy in my photography. A great photographer and good friend of mine by the name of Giulio Sciorio started touting the concept, “Carry Less and Create More”. That meant you did not need large bags of gear to capture or create great images, but by using a simple setup with just a few lenses and accessories will get the same job done. With that I did some serious evaluating, and a decision was reached. Time to purge a lot of stuff through my “grand clear out”. Starting with camera bodies I was not using, they went up for sale. That meant my Lumix GX7 and G7, along with my Olympus E-30 and all the lenses for those systems. A number of camera bags and accessories made their way to find new home and users. Cables, straps, batteries, you name it found either a new user or hit the trash bin. I kept one regular size bag (for my Samsung NX30 that I use for personal projects), one travel photo backpack, one travel locking hard case, and two small mirrorless bags like the Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover 25i. My Fuji X-E2 was kept and will be used as my second line camera, and now I have a new Fuji X-T20 which was paid for by the some of the proceeds of the sale of some my older gear that has become my first line camera. Also acquired was the needed lenses for my tastes and shooting requirements. Again, paid for by the proceeds of the older gear sales. The Fujifilm cameras has helped bring out more of what I remember in photographic concepts along with actually creating less work for me in post processing. Besides that, I love the color profiles the cameras produce.

On top of that, I added something that I have wanted for a long time since my old Epson photo printer died, a new photo printer. Towards the end of the winter one of my favorite vendors had the Canon Pixma Pro 10 on sale and I acquired it. It is inspiring to see your work go from a concept to a digital file and finally to a real photo print. I cannot tell you the joy I have when I see the final product now. I even have had the chance to experiment with various fine art photo printing papers, and I am constantly amazed by the results.

Now you know what is happening. I have streamlined my gear, I have spent time reinvigorating myself creatively, and I have found new inspiration to carry on this project along with others. I look forward to the coming year photographically and will be adding albums from the past year traveling along with some to come. So, in a way my favorite icon that I photographed at Bussy-en-Othe France last summer of the Transfiguration is appropriate for this blog post. Look forward to a new post from time to time in the future.