Sicily & Art

As you might have figured out from the title, this post is about art in Sicily, Italy.  More to the point, it is about my art in Italy.  I am super excited for my first show internationally, and I can not think of a better place than Italy.  I am also very happy to be showing with the person who is responsible for my life in art, and my mentor, Catherine Carilli, a wonderful contemporary painter.

The gallery we will be showing at is Spaziotrenta (Spazio 30), located in the heart of Ortigia, in Syracuse Sicily.  It is a beautiful space (and quite large, yikes!), a wonderful blend of old Italian architecture, and modern art gallery aesthetics.  The show runs for ten days, opening Friday, May 30 and running through Sunday, June 8.

Terrible photo thanks to Google street view

Terrible photo thanks to Google street view

I am currently working on two directions for the show, and should have several pieces ready to go by next week, thus deciding the direction for the rest of the work.  But don’t feel bad for the project that does not go to Italy, for it will be the work on display for my 3 week show in Denver at the NEXT Gallery at the end of July.

(Yep, this is the part where I cry out for money) I am, like all artists always in need of funding for these projects, you would not believe how much shipping is.  So….I am putting together a Kickstarter campaign for this show, and will make an announcement when it goes live.

Weekend Adventures

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Not really going to say a lot in words in this post, just photography.  I really needed to get back into the mountains and out of my house.  Luckily I live right up against some of the most beautiful mountains in the world (I think).  I didn’t go far, to the summit of Flagstaff overlooking the city of Boulder, a very short 4 mile hike with some nice images to take home, enjoy.

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Blood & Soul

I apologize, because this post is months overdue, oops!

Vintage Equestrian

In October of last year (2013) I had the opportunity to travel to Lexington, Kentucky.  More specifically, to attend the races at Keenland race track.  For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Keenland is a Thoroughbred Horse racing track, and one of the most beautiful in the world.  The track is located due East of Lexington proper, and the ground include much more than just the grand stands and a racing track.  Unfortunately I ran out of time before I could do a lot of exploring, maybe next time.

Although I spent all my time on the main circuit, I got to spent time with the one thing I wanted to, the horses.  If you don’t me, there is one thing you should know, and that is that I keep a lot to myself.  And something that I have kept a lid on almost all my life, is my love for horses.  I don’t know were it comes from, but there is something about this creature that has captured my soul.

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I could talk about the power, strength or majesty of them, and I these are all things I love about hem.  However, for me there is something else that I see in them, I see an honesty or sincerity in them.  They say the the eyes are the gateway to the soul, and in the spirit of honesty, I have only connected to this philosophy with two or three people in my lifetime (I suspect this is because humans have been conditioned to bury their souls from others, but this is a topic for another day).  Every time I establish a connection through the eyes of horses, it truly affects me.  I feel a peace and calm within me.  We spend an enormous amount of time talking about judging (or not judging) people, and about a universal acceptance of ourselves and others.  I think the calm I feel is the realization of this very concept.  There are no preconceived ideas about our identity twords one another, I am me, and the  horse is who he/she is, there is no need for lying about our accomplishments or failures in life, and certainly politics and religion are not even known to them.  I am happy around them, and if nothing else, that makes spending time with them very special, and something to be grateful for.  This is where I stop before I end up writing  book no one wants to read, so on to the photographs.

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I only had two days to spend at the track, so the issue of how to capture these athletes dominated my mind for weeks before I made the trip out.  Like I do a lot, I decided to wait until I arrived and then come up with something.  I arrived very early in the morning on the fist day at the track (like 7:00am) and joy of joy, the horses were out on the track doing their morning warm ups.  After talking to some one at the track, and finding out that the track is open to the public for the morning exercises, it became obvious to me that this was the direction I wanted to take.  I could spent time trying to photo the actually races (insanely difficult without a press pass, that just happens to be very difficult to obtain), or hang out in the parade area, where all the horses are before and after the races (this became an issue for me as well, as I’m not great in crowds).

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The morning warmups offered the advantages of virtually no people (it was quite cold that early in the morning), and the opportunity for a bit more intimacy with the animals.  And this is exactly what I got, I even got the riders coming up to me asking if I was getting the shots I was looking for, it was one of the better photographing moments of my life.  My goal with these images was to try and capture some of what I see in these creatures, some of their soul.  And ultimately, I think by being there in the morning, the people and the horses were far more relaxed and I was able to capture an authenticity and find a truth in the nature of racing that I would have been unable to capture in any other setting.  These horses were breed to run, and watching them run not during a race, I noticed that they love to do just that, run.  Running is apart of them, a part of their souls, and I saw that in their eyes.

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Below are a few more of the images I captured from the weekend, enjoy.

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I don’t like the holiday’s

ok, so the title is a little misleading.  Although it is true that I am not a huge fan of the holiday season, this is just something I should have posted a while back, but didn’t, sorry.

This is an image I captured quite a while ago.  I entered it into a competition and it made it into the top 30 (not bad out of more then 1,200)

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The thing that I love about this photography, is how simple the set up was.  Some black sheets, an black chair, and two really inexpensive lights from the hardware store.  All done in my living room.  I love the high contrast, and the movement created by the model. 

 

Back to where it all started

Well, that was confusing and to honest kinda stupid.

© Nick Altiere Photography

© Nick Altiere Photography

© Nick Altiere Photography

© Nick Altiere Photography

So, here is what happened.  The blog got moved around twice and in the process got all sorts of messed up.

So we are back to where it all started, and in my opinion, the best place for it to be.  There is a new look, and if everything goes according to plan, a ton of new stuff (and plenty of photography).  My goal with the new and improved blog is, at its core, is still all about photography, but in addition to just posting a photo here and there, it will be accompanied by tip and tricks, stories, lessons and a little bit of theory.

Like starting off the day on the right foot, I’m going to start off with some coffee and breakfast.

© Nick Altiere Photography

© Nick Altiere Photography

Art Show update pt2.

ok, so some good news, my art show opens this week and it is coming together better than I thought.  The bad news, I put the wrong times for the gallery on the flyer.  Below is the updated flyer.  The gallery hours are:  Friday 6-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm.NEXT Gallery Show Promo Card 2013 (Back)Photography art show denver

General update

ok, so clearly I’m not cut out to write or run a blog, seeing as how I only seem to update this thing one in a blue moon.

but moving on, I do have a couple of updates that I am quite excited about.

one.  the official web site is up and running, I know it doesn’t actually have an photographs up, but never mind that little detail.  I am working on it and it shouldn’t be too much longer.  the site is super easy nickaltierephotography.com.

two.  I am very excited to announce that I have an art show opening in Denver at the NEXT Gallery.  The show will be up for three weeks, and the prints are in and are being prepared and I must say I am very happy so far.  (the flyer is below).

The show opens on June 21st at 6:00pm and will run until 10:00pm, if you happen to be in the area, please stop by!  The show will run thru July 7th.

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The Mighty Humpback Whale

It is no mystery to the people that know me, that I have a love and fascination with the Oceans and the creatures that call it home. I remember the first time I saw a humpback whale, and the excitement and wonder it filled me with.  That feeling has never faded, and I am so fortunate to be able to travel to places and photograph these magnificent creatures. I love my job!Humped Back Whale_Calf