SEEING THE WORLD FROM VINCENT GATTORNO'S VIEW AT THE SEA CLIFF PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Sea Cliff Public Library hosted an opening reception on Sunday, March 6 for Glen Cove photographer Vincent Gattorno’s exhibit “A View.”
Mr. Gattorno’s photographs include a rich variety of subjects - some, a brief passing moment in time in the natural world, such as a blue leaf lying in the midst of an eye-popping potpourri of leaves in a Maine wood, and others of man’s interaction with that world - for instance a bleached beached boat sitting among Cape Cod daisies on the Provincetown shoreline. Still others are of the beautiful geometry of the man made world - the glass dome of a cathedral seen from ground level or the rigging of a tall sailing ship viewed from an oblique angle. It is often the angle of the shot in Mr. Guattoro’s work that makes the seemingly ordinary extraordinary.
“I see something in the camera that attracts me,” Mr. Gattorno explained on Sunday, “and try to capture it so that people can see what I see.”
Poet John Bartul, whose verse accompanies the photographs, said the best shots Mr. Gattorno takes are of scenes or images that might not seem to be particularly interesting to the average viewer. When he is with Mr. Gattorno as he takes photographs, Mr. Bartul explained, he often finds himself asking “What are you doing” as Mr. Gattorno stops to take a shot. “That’s when I know it’s going to a great one,” he says.
The two began their artistic collaboration after Mr. Bartul won first place in a poetry contest at the East Meadow Public Library for his poem inspired by Mr. Gattorno’s photograph "The Old Boat."
Born in Cuba in 1961, just after Fidel Castro came to power, Mr. Gattorno moved with his family to Venezuela two years later. In 1993, Mr. Gattorno immigrated to the United States. He has lived in Glen Cove for the past eight years.
His photographs along with Mr. Bartul’s poetry will be on display at the Sea Cliff Library through the end of April.
(Article by Northwordnews)
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