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Michael J. Costa: Through The Lens

COSTA 5x7_Poinsettia12Michael J. Costa
Sierra Art Trails 2015 Catalog #53

Photography allows me to express myself through creativity and imagination. Looking through the lens only the eye really envisions what is being created at that particular moment. The series Fro-Zen, really demonstrates that quality visually. The images I create have a simple, abstract, unique look, while emoting a deep feeling within.

I began this series in 2007 while attending the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. While under the supervision of David Wasserman, who really understood the original concept of my series, we were to take three objects and fuse them into one photo. During that fall semester in Photo Concept and Design class the idea of the Fro-Zen series began. Eight years later it has developed into quite a large body of work.

COSTA RackCard_Fro-Zen_2015My process was to freeze a variety of objects from nature and photograph them through their various stages of melting. The series, which is a simple idea and an experimental process, resulted in the numerous imaginative photographs displayed during the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour.

I am excited to introduce my new series to the Fro-Zen Collection, “Lupine and Iris.” This addition really illustrates how I have concentrated on the composition and rhythm. I am particularly enjoying the blues, purples, and greens, and their importance in complimenting the whole composition.

COSTA Rooftop2_8x12-1In the catalog you will find my signature piece for this year’s show, “Poinsettia. ” I am pleased with the rich regal colors, as well as the details that line the edges of the flower itself. Creating an image from everyday life and giving it a twist is a strong focal point in my approach to photography. I enjoy creating beautiful, abstract images that are filled with light, energy and color. This project creates a mood and sets a tone of how I see, interpret and visualize fine art photography.

Since I first breathed life into this project, it definitely has taken on it own meaning and style. Creating these images helps me cope with the loss of loved ones, who have crossed over to the other side. Fro-Zen is based on keeping their spirit alive, which is the main reason why I create these photographs. These images represent feelings and emotions that arise within me during moments of sadness and loneliness.

COSTA Portrait of a Vietnamese WomanIn addition, Fro-Zen has allowed me to explore the world of macro photography and how to construct quiet, peaceful and powerful images, while using the expression of art as my emotive and creative outlet.

My passion for photography has given me the opportunity to travel around the world to create some amazing photojournalistic images.

COSTA LuccaItaly_1-1During my travels to both Vietnam and Italy, my photographic exploration continues to grow. I will have a limited supply of images from my travels to Italy. Also new this year, as I venture into landscape photography for you coastal lovers, a new series focusing on Morro Bay, California.

Images and biography submitted by the artist.

Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 and 4, 2015.

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