Biological Imaging in NYC
From an early age I have been interested in photographing life. Influenced by images and films of Jacques Cousteau, Silvia Earl, Bob Ballard and others I have had a particularly strong interest in the underwater world, so much so that I obtained a bachelors degree in oceanography and marine ecology, I worked at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and was a SCUBA diver at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. As you might imagine, over the years I have pursued underwater photography and my passion has taken me to Truk Lagoon, Palau, Thailand, Bali, Tahiti, the California Coast, Mexico, and countless islands in the Caribbean (along, of course, with New England).
While I am always willing to take the camera below the water’s surface, currently, I am teaching at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan within the Fine Arts Department through Continuing Education where we bring the underwater world into the classroom and professional photography studio. There we can control our subject (at least to the extent that it can’t swim away :), we control the environment, lighting, exposure, composition, etc. I show my students how to use the camera and lens as well as how to use stereo, compound, fluorescent, confocal, and electron microscopes to capture close up images of organisms or their intricate shapes and structures, of individual cells, or even subcellular organelles –like nuclei, mitochondria and chloroplasts.
I would like to extend my work outside of the classroom into capture images of the NYC life that surrounds the streets, that lives in the waterways, botanical gardens, front yards, and parks. This meetup explores the art and techniques of biological imaging and applies them aquatic organisms, to plants and terrestrial organisms and –yes, even human body. I would like to engaging with individuals interested in studying and documenting life, with other photographers and perhaps models, with artists that work downstream of the image or work from observation or from their imagination –drawing, painting, sculpture, textile and other visual media. The group might include gardeners, florists, aquaculturalists, naturalists, aquarium hobbyists, divers, botanists, zoologists, taxonomists, educators, and curators, all those interested in capturing life’s forms and all things life… Hope you’ll join in. Joe
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