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Artist Spotlight: Ted Scarpino

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks
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Ted Scarpino proudly wears a shirt given to him by his granddaughter

Ted Scarpino: Evolving from Photography to iPhoneography (originally published by Handmade in PA, blog of the PA Guild of Craftsmen)

Photography, at its very core, is a merging of art and science. And you could say that photographer Ted Scarpino was truly born into both fields, since his mother was an art teacher and his father taught science. The family’s home even included a dark room in the basement.

While science and technology drew him to a career as an electrical engineer, Scarpino also dabbled in photography his entire life. In his native New York state, he developed a thriving wedding photography business on the side, was active in several camera clubs, and earned accolades in photo competitions with the Professional Photographers of America. All the while, he grew and adjusted to technology—embracing the switch to digital photography and applying new techniques to his photos via Photoshop.

“Along the Lake,” taken in 2007 in the Adirondacks. This photo was accepted into the PPA’s permanent loan collection.

“Along the Lake,” taken in 2007 in the Adirondacks. This photo was accepted into the PPA’s permanent loan collection.

“Rolling Hills,” another Scarpino photo accepted into the PPA’s loan collection, was taken from a hot air balloon. This photo was also juried into the prestigious “Art of the State” exhibit, Harrisburg.

“Rolling Hills,” another Scarpino photo accepted into the PPA’s loan collection, was taken from a hot air balloon. This photo was also juried into the prestigious “Art of the State” exhibit, Harrisburg.

Today, enjoying retirement and relocated to Gettysburg, PA, Scarpino continues to explore the balance of science and art known as photography, but through a new lens—the iPhone. “Three years ago, I got my first iPhone. It’s exciting to be able to find places to eat, to use maps and many other features right at my fingertips,” he explains, “But the thing I was the most excited about was the camera.”

“You can’t go anywhere today—New York City, DC, even the Gettysburg Battlefield, without seeing people taking pictures with their phones.”

“iPhoneography” has kept this veteran photography on his toes. Scarpino is intrigued by the accessories and apps that make quality photos possible with a phone so unbelievably small that it fits into his pocket. Although some photographers feel threatened by, or look down upon iPhoneography, Scarpino has a different view. “I think (iPhones) could actually be making photography more accessible. There are so many artistic uses of the iPhone… it’s certainly given photography a new language. There’s a powerful computer in every camera and is a great merging of the two fields—art and science.”

“Arrival of the Prophet – Union Station, Chicago.” Scarpino says this is “personally one of my favorite images of all time.” Taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, Salvador lens.

“Arrival of the Prophet – Union Station, Chicago.” Scarpino says this is “personally one of my favorite images of all time.” Taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, Salvador lens.

The panoramic “Rainbow over Orchard Road,” captures a chance encounter Scarpino had with a rainbow while walking his dog. His iPhone was the only camera he had with him–thank goodness!

The panoramic “Rainbow over Orchard Road,” captures a chance encounter Scarpino had with a rainbow while walking his dog. His iPhone was the only camera he had with him–thank goodness!

Scarpino regularly shares his knowledge of iPhoneography via classes at the Adams County Arts Council located in Gettysburg. His iPhoneography classes are aimed at helping participants “discover how to maximize a smart phone’s photographic potential.”

His photography work is exhibited and for sale at Gallery 30, Gettysburg, and Scarpino enjoys entering juried art exhibits such as the Adams County Arts Council’s Juried Art Exhibition and the Art of the State at Harrisburg’s State Museum of Pennsylvania. In 2010, his piece “Rolling Hills” was juried into the Art of the State exhibit, about 40 years after his mother had a fused glass piece accepted into this pinnacle of Pennsylvania exhibits. Still following in both his mother and father’s footsteps…

To contact Ted Scarpino: 717-677-4192

“And the Water Whispers to Me,” aptly titled by Scarpino’s sister. Standing on a bridge overlooking the Susquehanna in Cooperstown, NY, Scarpino captured this shot of the very last man in a canoe race. “He was wearing a red hat, with a beautiful wake behind him, with the tree branches as a frame.”

“And the Water Whispers to Me,” aptly titled by Scarpino’s sister. Standing on a bridge overlooking the Susquehanna in Cooperstown, NY, Scarpino captured this shot of the very last man in a canoe race. “He was wearing a red hat, with a beautiful wake behind him, with the tree branches as a frame.”

 

“Red Barn on Yellow Hill,” an Adams County landscape. Scarpino says he finds orchards and farmlands fascinating in every season, especially when straight lines are found on rolling hills.

“Red Barn on Yellow Hill,” an Adams County landscape. Scarpino says he finds orchards and farmlands fascinating in every season, especially when straight lines are found on rolling hills.

 

 

 

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