Laura Barisonzi prefers capturing images of her subjects in natural surroundings instead of depending on the tried and tested ambience of the studios. The NYC photographer also likes showcasing people in action. Since she often works with sportspersons, fitness fanatics and dancers, particularly for her commercial assignments, this aspect of her visual narratives thrives on an added dimension. The photographs, exuding a youthful verve, appeal to the senses of the audience. However, as an artist she does not want any stereotypes. So every now and then, camera in hand, Laura embarks on a trip to gratify her inner creative. Her restless eyes keep searching for ‘stories’ in the obscure shades and corners of New York and beyond, before she finalises on the latest topic for her explorations.
In challenging herself Laura finds great satisfaction, for only by doing so she manages capturing such evocative images that otherwise would have been beyond her. Her dedication towards her craft also forces her to stay super–fit as she needs spending long hours under the sun. An outdoor–oriented person and admirer of many sporting activities, this aspect of her work too does not bother her unduly. Many years ago Paul Cézanne said, ‘Right now a moment is fleeting by! Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate. Give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been seen before our time.’ This holds true for the making of any visual representation, painting, sculpture or photography, for artists before and after Cézanne, including, such talents as Laura Barisonzi.
Jody MacDonald learned to appreciate remote landscapes and foreign cultures early in her life. A childhood spent in Saudi Arabia has been a big help in her effort of deciphering an exotic climate. So, now when she paraglides over a forgotten piece of land or holds a tête–à–tête with a little known soul in some remote corner of the globe she feels completely at home. The photographer traverses the land, delves deep into the water and darts into the cool gale for locating and capturing that elusive photographic moment that seems wonderfully ‘perfect’. But being the purist that she is, it is extremely difficult for her to be satisfied with her craft and she continues to hone her skills. In 2006, Jody, in order to satisfy her thirst of both art and adventure, conceived The Best Odyssey. She and her partner, Gavin McClurg, trot the whole world sailing, surfing or spearfishing on the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Needless to say, these wild expeditions make Jody blissfully happy. For Jody it could aptly be said that, ‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.’
Very early in his life Larry Moore learnt to value the pleasure of walking barefoot on a spongy carpet of green grass or listening to the rapturous song of the great waves of Atlantic. Even after all these years, the artist absolutely loves being out of door which is self evident from an array of plein air paintings. However, Larry Moore’s success lies in equally admiring the human connections, appreciating the strength of human creativity and having an empathetic view of life instead of turning the face away from society which many are predisposed to do if found at a similar situation. Perhaps, that is why ‘The Sail Maker in Her Studio’ intently busy at completing the task at hand feels equally charming as the allure of nature in ‘Into the Woods’.
The artist’s list of awards is lengthy including gold medal from Society of Illustrators, NY, 2005, Society of Illustrators, NY annual exhibit 1995, 1997, 1998 through 2005, Communication Arts Illustration Annual 1999 through 2008, Luerzers Archive Top 200 Illustrators Worldwide, 2005, Maui Islanders Plein Air Artists’ Choice Award, 2009, Carmel Art Festival Best of Show, 2006, 2010, Bucks County Local Color Best of Show, 2012. To borrow the words of Bill Watterson, creator of Larry’s favourite comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, ‘Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine and valleys of frustration and failure.’ There could not have been a more apt description of the nature lover artist’s journey so far.
Mark Tipple is a documentary filmmaker & photographer from Sydney, Australia and over the last few years has been hailed worldwide for his craft. But much like the vast expanse of the ocean that he has fallen in love with over the years, true appreciation for his art comes from understanding the depth of it. With camera in hand he filmed and photographed the touching story of the youth of Kigamboni Community Center, Tanzania; the aftermath of the much hyped Jakartan dream; the village of Navakai, Fiji ravaged by natural disaster; and the vulnerability of the great white shark in Guadalupe island, Mexico coordinated with his brother Luke Tipple, the marine biologist. Very recently he extended his support for another noteworthy cause led by Surfers against Sewage for their ‘Protect our Waves’ campaign.
Widely appreciated, ‘The Underwater Project’ has added a new dimension in exploring the violence or the passivity of blue and its relationship with man. Mark Tipple’s own words are the bathymetry of the profoundness of his passion.