A. Alfano Photography

Aspire. Imagine. Create.
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MUSTARD FIELD IN NAPA, CALIFORNIA, USA

INTRODUCTION

Agnes Alfano lives near Sacramento, California, USA and spends most of her time capturing images close to home. She is an award-winning photographer with international and local awards. Agnes is a self-taught artist who has always had a love for creative expression. It all began when she was a child – singing, composing, and writing lyrics to music. Her father was a talented guitarist and they often found themselves hanging out, working on riffs, and harmonizing.

Much later in life, Agnes (“AJ” to her peers and friends) discovered that photography provided a way to share thoughts and ideas through her imaginative eye. She aspires to find the hidden essence in nature and objects, to capture the wonder, and to take the raw imagery to a creatively refined stage that reflects her final vision. It is AJ’s hope that her passion for photography will strike a chord with viewers. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that her work has special meaning to a viewer – that it evokes a memory, a place, or time in their life.


ARTIST STATEMENT

My photography represents the beauty I see in everything. I am in search of often overlooked scenes and aesthetically common details to express my vision. Many of my favorite subjects are found in nature. My love for this craft is limitless, so I do not specialize in genres. I am motivated by the search itself, inspired by the excitement that comes from found art. Much of the work represents what is uncovered nearby. There's beauty and compelling material everywhere – if we’re looking for it.

At times, capturing the sublime may require skewing reality or pushing the boundaries of photography and post processing techniques. This is what makes it fun and creative! I have found it takes patience and courage to achieve satisfying results. Whether it is a simple flower, crumbling architecture, or a rusty artifact, drawing out the beauty in the potentially mundane is my goal.


AWARDS

*Best in Category, Black and White/Toned, Visions Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 2017

*Awards of Merit, California State Fair, Fine Art Competition & Exhibition, 2017

*Honorable Mentions, IPA (International Photography Awards) Annual Competition, 2020, 2017, 2016, 2015

*Honorable Mentions, Monochrome Awards (Annual International Competition), 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016


EXHIBITIONS

*Member Exhibition, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, California, 2021

*Open Fine Art Competition, Juried Exhibition, Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, California, 2020

*Changing Perspectives, Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, California, 2019

*Visions, Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, California, 2018

*Where Wild Things Are, Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, California, 2018

*Visions, Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, California, 2017

*California State Fair, Fine Art Exhibition, 2017

*Visions, Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, California, 2016

*BTP International Group Exhibition, Stadsmuseum in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, 2016

*BTP International Group Exhibition, Stadsmuseum in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, 2015


PUBLICATIONS

*ICM Photography Magazine, September 2021 Issue, A World Reimagined: Readers' Gallery, pages 288 - 289

*BTP Photography Hardcover Book, Artists from Around the World, 2016, pages 26 - 29

*BTP Photography Magazine, Exhibition Special, November 2016, page 66

*Capture Mania Photography Magazine, April 2016, pages 19 - 21


HOW TO PURCHASE PRINTS

It's awesome that you stopped by to take a look!  For custom print orders, please contact me with any questions by completing the form under the "Contact" tab. I'll get back to you promptly, so that we can discuss the available print options.

"IMPRISONMENT"

Despite the darkness in the image, there is a hopeful end to this story. The world has come a long way since the beginning of 2020, where fear, confusion, desperation, and anger led the way. For many, the struggle with Covid continues. Trapped, the traveler grieves his losses with a heavy heart. His limbs are forced downward. His thoughts distorted. He moves slowly to the end of the tunnel where his prison sentence finally ends.

Camera movements highlight the beauty of this rural olive tree tunnel. A sweeping motion provides a powerful dreamscape. The beautiful dappled light shows through the treetops flowing with the camera, creating light trails. The tree limbs and gravel pathway summon a moody tension pulling me into an otherworldly place.


*Published in the September 2021 issue of ICM Photography Magazine


IN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, USA

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