A gifted fine art photographer who has captured the beauty of nature through his photography for more than 30 years, Anthony Graziano believes that our bonds to the natural world are instinctual and that we are drawn to nature as an emotional refuge and as a means of spiritual renewal. His hope is that his work brings a sense of peace to the viewer while, at the same time, creating deeper awareness and increased passion to protect our fragile environment. He contributes generously of his time and talent in support of this cause by using the power of visual imagery to convey both message and emotion to tell the conservation story.
As an artist, Anthony’s vision flows from what is perceived to what is felt and finally, to what is seen and his photographic approach often involves spending extended periods of time within a location to experience its unique energy before raising his camera to capture a photo. The resulting imagery is striking in its simultaneous ability to be both emotionally calming and visually stimulating. The vibrant color palette, layering and creative use of light are arresting and combine to convey a true sense of serenity. Anthony’s artistic vision and creative approach succeed in the very rare quality of capturing a true sense of time and place that draw us into his images allowing the viewer to “experience” the beauty of the natural world. Anthony has been honored by being selected by the Andy Warhol Foundation as an artist in residence and also with solo art shows and permanent installations of his work.
Born in Australia, Harris studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, leaving with a diploma in Illustrative Photography. He gained photography experience at the renowned Helmut Newton and Henry Talbot studio in Melbourne. In 1971, Harris emigrated to London and began freelancing as a portrait and studio still life photographer. Harris’ series of natural subjects, particularly leaves, flowers, stones and shells, have featured extensively on posters and cards available in Ikea, Habitat and other retail outlets. Harris also teaches photography.
Pontes was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he lives now. He has a Graphic Design BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and also a MA in Communications Design at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. After working a few years in branding, he now dedicates his time to art. What interests him is the study of the image as its own entity, and how the viewer experiences the whole of the artwork at once. Pontes works with both painting and photography.