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Serendipity: Susan Tiffen
December 2, 2021 - January 2, 2022FREE
Serendipity – Luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.
My photography is an adventure. I plan, I choose the area, the scene, the time of day, the camera, the lens, the settings, and take lots of photographs. Then come back to my computer and process the ones I think are going to capture what I want to say.
Digital lets us take hundreds of photos, even thousand. But out of all of them, how many really work? How many are the ONE? Now and then the pictures that really say something to me, that I love, show up. That might take a bit of luck. Everything comes together.
The pictures I’m showing here all share something. They existed for that moment, and no longer do. The gate is gone in a storm, the barn with the pink sky has been taken down, the flowers have withered, and the cows? Not lunching in just that way today.
See what I saw in a moment, that skill, imagination, serendipity helped me create, and hopefully my photographs say something to you.
“ART IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE, BUT WHAT YOU MAKE OTHERS SEE. “ Edgar Degas
I grew up with a camera in my hand, in a house filled with photography and art. I wanted to be an artist, but didn’t consider photography a serious expression of my art. Art school educated, pre computer. I was doing computer graphics at work, bought a digital camera and everything changed. Photography is now my art, my personal expression, my passion (obsession).
My work has been selected for awards from Utrecht Art in the Manhasset Art Association, at The Art Guild of Port Washington for juried shows, and exhibits at Gallery North, The Barnes Gallery, Graphic Eye Gallery, fotofoto Gallery, Freeport Council of the Arts, Smithown Township Arts Council Juried Show, the Quogue Library, The Pace Gallery, the Town of Oyster Bay Rotational Art program, and more. I served as the Treasurer of the Photographic Federation of Long Island for four years, was on the board of The Art Guild of Port Washington, VP of the Photography Club of LI, Huntington Camera Club, active in the Long Island Center of Photography and other groups. Now a member of fotofoto gallery.
Life has taken me many places – I owned a wallpaper design business, designing a line of wallpapers that sold nationally, and later working for telecom companies arranging trade shows. I raised two wonderful sons, have terrific daughters-in-laws and grandchildren, and enjoy life with and without my camera.