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.
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.”
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