Bio and Artistic Statement
Based on the North Fork of New York and as a commercial and fine art aerial photographer, Alex Ferrone’s works have been published widely including in Wine Spectator, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Pinhole Journal; have been highlighted in numerous online magazines; and have been featured on TV. Ferrone has exhibited her fine art aerial photographs in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums nationally in New York, Texas, Florida, and Colorado. Internationally, Ferrone’s works have been exhibited in Italy; and, as a recent recipient of awards in three categories from The Photography Gala Awards, will be exhibited in Spain in October of this year. Her works are held in private collections in the United States, Italy and France. Ferrone is also an independent Curator and Juror.
Artistic Statement - Aerial Observations
”With artistic influences including Edward Burtynsky, Marilyn Bridges, and Wynn Bullock, I aspire to see differently as I explore my environment from an unusual vantage point - photographing from a helicopter. Generally excluding representational elements from my “Aerial Observations” images, I am drawn to the incredible designs and natural abstractions within the vast landscapes and water bodies over which I fly. Presenting this uncommon perspective from varied altitudes, excites the viewer’s imagination and interpretation, and challenges their perception of light, shape and form.
Working with seasonally changing sunlight and fluctuating weather, allows me to produce natural abstractions not only of varying colors, tones, and textures, but of dimension as well. Dramatic shadows from lower light, softer tones from thinning clouds, or texture on water on windy days, all assist in the abstraction process. When photographing from diverse angles, dimension is formed by sunlight on the surface of the water as well as illuminating the depths below. Storms have lent their hand at beautifully abstract erosive formations above and beneath the water’s surface, and icy ponds become palettes - mixing cracks and biological markings on the surfaces of frozen water.
Ecological and man-made factors play roles in abstracting as well. Damaging algal blooms in the waters including red and brown tides oddly can create stunning lines and formations for my images. Even controversial mosquito ditches dug throughout the landscape have provided me with intriguing patterns and lines that contrast with the natural flow of waterways within salt marshes.
Not designed within the realm of digital drawing or alteration, my images disconnect observers from present technology and daily discord, and engage them to contemplate the tranquility of nature as they meditate on the forms, texture and colors. It is my hope that from my photographs, a new awareness and appreciation for our fragile ecological systems is created for the viewer as well.” ~ Alex Ferrone