After I received my first camera (a Brownie Hawkeye) as a pre-teen, I fell in love with photography.
Since retiring in 2008, after 30 years with the Fredericksburg, Virginia school system, additional time is available to devote to my photographic pursuits. Current subjects runs a gamut of abstracts, portraiture, landscapes, close-up, black and white, color - you name it! I'm always experimenting.
In 2008, my photograph "Living by Banjo" won Best in Show (out of over 600 entries) in the Fredericksburg Recreation Department Photography Competition. Another, "Ice Rink" was published in Popular Photography magazine. Photos have also been juried into many regional and national exhibits at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.
Currently, work is being submitted work to galleries in other states and I am also preparing an exhibit "Southwest Vignettes" to be shown in the Members Gallery of FCCA for the month of April 2011. This exhibit will consist of large prints of photographs taken during a 6200 mile road trip through the back roads of the southwestern United States.
Member of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, the Fredericksburg Photography Club, the Prince William Professional Photographers Association and the Texas Photographic Society.
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Thomas Vincent Parinello was born in New York in 1973, and grew up on the Eastern end of Long Island. He received his first camera at around 8 years old and with his Mother's influence, his passion for photography grew quickly. Although he has little from his past, he is making up for it steadily with his more recent work.
Tom has a variety of photos but favors black and white, abstract and artistic work, and of course the random and unexpected shot. He has a flair for the abstract 'lightwork' in which he shoots natural light and light pieces in quite the artistic manner. This work can be deceiving at first but make no mistake; they are not digitally manipulated photos. He has also been influenced by a number of artists both in and outside of photography; more recently prompting his return to the love of film and an increased use of Medium Format that "represents a calling back to our roots when we either got it right, or we didn't."
This philosophy presents a challenge to a community that seems to be more and more enveloped in a digital cover. He relays the importance of shooting properly, even with a digital medium, stressing that it is the "photographer that makes the shot and not the camera. Making a mistake is the best thing that can happen when you shoot, because you will learn to improve upon it the next time around."
Tom is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1998 until 2009. He still works for the Department of the Navy in the Occupational Health & Safety field and does photography in his spare time. He is a certified Reiki practitioner and is also pursuing his master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Seton Hall University with hopes of one day integrating his photography into the healing arts.
Tom currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is an active member of the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts. He has a pet, Chewy, who can also be seen in some of the site photos.
To view more of Thomas’ work, visit his website at www.stoicphoto.com.