Photography is a passion as well as an obsession within my creative mind.
My name is Tina Quatroni and I am a 39 year old photographer who resides in a small hamlet called Holmes in the town of Pawling, NY. My little “Norman Rockwell” town is nestled in Dutchess County and I happen to think it is one of the most beautiful spots in New York State. I have lived here for 13 years and there is never a day that goes by that I do not enjoy it. I get an amazing four seasons of which spring and fall are my most favorite!
Photography began for me when I was a child, about 6 years old. I would steal my grandmothers 35mm Minolta point and shoot and take various images. I was obsessed with colors and shapes and at the time I did not have a clue other than the button gets pushed and out came a piece of paper with colors. I was fascinated by the “magic” that happened from the black box. My first SLR was introduced to me in the fall of 2000 by a friend of mine and then my passion truly began! When I realized how much I could control with an SLR, my love for it became immeasurable. Slide film was my first mania with this little Nikon N65 and to this day I still feel the digital world has not completely captured the feel of slides or film, but we all must adapt and evolve.
My favorite subject to photograph can be difficult to isolate; observing life is what pleases me. Most will hear that word “life” and think of human life or things associated with human behavior or personality. My understanding of “life” is more of a spiritual existence or phase of existence and it is found in human, animal, and the natural world. However, animals and the plant world seem to resonate with me the most because they are voiceless and choice less in this world. They experience “life” with no conditions, no demands, no urgencies, no requirements; they just are. They are natural and moving; animals always move and so does nature and movement makes the human kind sometimes feel uncomfortable and unnatural. So, I like to capture life in its distinct and innate state.
“My Garden”, it is an ever growing and ever evolving change in life; it never stops, it is infinite. All of “My Garden” work represents beginnings and endings with the ability to capture it as it happens by freezing time. I capture moments of new budding, and moments of full life. I capture the changes of season and moments of death. My garden work is special to me because it is my connection to my spiritual self and it gives me the ability to grow within myself as the natural life grows.
Imogen Cunningham is one of my greatest influences when it comes to my floral work. I was captivated by how she displayed feminity, simplicity, and delicacy with her early 1920’s and 30’s work. Photographing is how I breathe, it is how I view everyday life; I walk the world looking at it thru a lens. “Life” influences me.
Sessions Fashion Magazine 2013
Adore Noir Magazine, 2013 Featured Artist