I am a freelance, location photographer making nature, landscape, documentary, editorial, environmental and personal images for both exhibition (print) and publication. After working many years in film, I now work entirely digitally.
My roots are in the documentary photograph. As playwright George Bass put it: Let the things speak for themselves. For me, the greatest meaning and satisfaction have always been derived from searching for and making images which, while rooted in a specific time and place, speak beyond them in some special way - when the soul of the commonest object [...] seems to us radiant (James Joyce). With listening eyes, I celebrate and give voice to what might otherwise go unnoticed. I view my nature and personal images as visual poems or music - more about expressing and evoking feelings than conveying information. I'm often drawn to the music more than the lyrics.
Henry David Thoreau: The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
After college, my wife and I worked in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the Peace Corps (teaching English as a Second Language in Libya, North Africa). I then assisted Arie deZanger, a large format still life photographer in New York City, and photographed for community newspapers in Brooklyn.
From 1975-1998 I was the Brown University Photographer responsible for the photography in major publications. The images produced were documentary, editorial, feature, environmental portraiture, architectural, scenic and illustrative. During these years, I also freelanced, exhibited, made slide shows and presentations, and gave workshops. Assignments took me to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Mideast and Central America. CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) recognized my work many times, including Photographer of the Decade for the 1980s.
Since 1998, I have been freelancing and making personal images. In early 2004, I moved from film to digital and began offering prints in galleries. In early 2006, I also made prints available on this site. See Virginia Landscape Prints and New England Prints below.
In 2011, my wife and I moved from Rhode Island to Virginia to be closer to our grown children and growing grandchildren. We now live midst the beautiful rolling hills of Bundoran Farm in Albemarle County, just south of Charlottesville.
America 24/7 Project, American Medical News (AMA), Bank of America (Corporate Art Program), Biotechnology Healthcare Journal, The Broad Institute (MIT & Harvard), Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Denison University, Roger Williams University, Saint Anselm College, Skidmore College, Swarthmore College, Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth), Ursinus College, Wesleyan University, The Wharton School (Penn), Wheaton College (MA), Women and Infants Hospital (Providence RI), All You Magazine, Assisted Living Today Magazine, AOPA Flight Training Magazine, Findings Magazine (NIH), Governing Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Lumina Foundation for Education, Red Herring Magazine, Time for Kids Magazine, Us Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Community MusicWorks (Providence RI), Walter Feldman (Artist), Motley Rice (law firm) and The Rhode Island Foundation.
PRINTS FOR SALE
Prints available at The Barn Swallow, 796 Gillums Ridge Road (immediately off Ivy Road/250W en route to Crozet), Charlottesville, Virginia 22903, 434 979-4884, Th-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5. (The Barn Swallow)
Warwick Museum of Art (In The Field, group show of Artists-in-Residence in National Parks et al, 2012) Warwick, Rhode Island.
Bank of America: Corporate Art Program.
Artist-in-Residence | Acadia National Park: Mount Desert Island, Maine, 7-27 September 2007. For more information go to the National Park Service.
Stock images are available for licensing at Mira.com
In March 2004, I moved from film to digital. Professional digital photography had clearly come of age and, I was convinced, would only continue to improve - which it has. The quality is excellent. In addition, it is environmentally friendly - something that is extremely important. (I am dismayed to think of all of the terribly harmful chemistry I used over the years.) This is technology at its best.
As noted on the welcome and home pages, this site and all images are copyrighted: © 1999-2013 John Forasté. The images are only for viewing and identifying images to order as prints. Enjoy. And thank you for your visit.