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B.C. Lorio

B.C. Lorio



It's cliché for anyone to say that photography has been in their family for generations. So, I'll merely say that I caught the bug from my family. Looking back, I smile when I think of my mother and her camera. As a child, my mom took a photography course and captured beautiful images of our Midwestern lives. Of course, I say this in retrospect because at the time, my younger sister and I actually hated the mere presence of that piece of machinery. Today, we fight over these beautiful self-developed black and white memories of our youth. In junior high, Mr. Phife's woodworking course was the worst possible class. Coming from a home where my dad was not as masterful with power tools as he was with more academic endeavors, the only section which allowed me to earn an A was the photography unit. This two-week project gave our class the chance to take pictures, with a rudimentary pinhole camera, then develop the film. I was fascinated by the darkroom and the mystery of a how small room could produce so much life. (Even as some of my classmates used the lightless closet environment to work on their “biology”.) Selecting a profession that is less than creative, I've always marveled at those with an artistic side. I have often viewed writers, artists, songwriters, amongst others, with a sense of jealousy. They were able to create, while I felt my role was solely to interpret. After viewing my sister's phenomenal photographs one Thanksgiving, and my mother's resurgence in the hobby, I wanted to see if I could follow in their footsteps. Add this to how someone close to me began producing phenomenal jewelry, and it was obvious that I had to take my chance. Purchasing a Canon PowerShot SD 780 in January 2010, I began my journey as a New Year’s Resolution. As much as photography is a hobby, it is also my chance to shine light on the beauty that represents New Jersey’s “forgotten” communities. Paterson. Jersey City. Union City. And Newark all represent the plight of the New Jersey that is molded by those who live beyond its borders. With the use of my camera, I hope to shine a light on those who are on the inside looking out. More often sunshine than darkness, more joy than tears. For me, street photography can show that these marginalized communities are just as important as their “bedroom community” neighbors. I aim to show beauty in the every day struggle that is life. And to capture that beauty…unscripted. Three years later, with the help of a FujiFilm X100, Canon P and Olympus XA rangefinders, and my trusty HTC Evo 4G, I've been interviewed on a variety of websites, won the 2010 "UrbanPaterson" photo contest, and part of two local photo exhibits. So much for making resolutions that are doomed to fail. - BCL, January 14, 2013
  • FujiFilm FinePix X100s
  • Canon P Rangefinder
  • Leica D-Lux 5
  • Olympus XA Rangefinder
  • Olympus 35RC Rangefinder

"The Way I 'See' It"

Published October 23rd, 2011

(I was recently asked by Cara Wilton to write a guest post for her blog, "The Compact Camera". You can find the following on her site at www.thecompactcamera.com. I thank for her the opportunity to share my view on how and where I shoot.)

The beauty of street photography is that, unlike other disciplines within photography, it is pretty much left up to "eye of the beholder".

Troll around Flickr, 500PX, Tumblr, and other various aggregators of photography and you'll find that just when you think you understand what classifies as "street", someone else gives you an entirely unique spin on the genre.

And that's where I believe that I come in.

You see, there is school of thought that edgy street photography must come from midtown Manhattan, Los Angeles, London, or Tokyo. And while I spend a great deal of time within the epicenter that is Manhattan, I prefer to explore the unseen parts of "The World's Greatest City" (like "Washington Heights" and the Bronx). In addition, I have the ...

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"Sharing The 'Ledge"

Published October 18th, 2011

Law school is nothing like photography.

Of course, you don't need me to state the obvious. (Otherwise, Tim McCarver would be out of a job during FOX baseball coverage.)

See, in law school, you were primarily left to your own devices. Beyond getting by with the help of your (close) friends, if you didn't understand The Rule of Perpetuities, do you really think someone else is going to explain it to you?

I loved the education I received at my law school, but one (in)vaulable lesson was never to give anyone tips to the trade. And that's been my credo ever since graduation.

A year ago, as I started getting commentary on my photographs, I was asked by someone what did I use for post-processing.

I simply stated a free online program.

Wrong answer.

My sister explained that in terms of photography, that's the wrong attitude. It's about sharing techniques, learning from each other, and advance the art.

Talk about an attitude adjustment.

But she was right. (And still is.) Over th ...

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"The Decisive Moment: A Digital Drama"

Published October 11th, 2011

Prolouge: By no means do I call myself a "street photographer" in the vein of countless others who have sites far more popular than mine.

Nevertheless, one question I get from my friends and "followers" is whether I've actually been confronted when taking photographs on the street.

I often tell them that (a) I know my environment and (b) I know who to shoot. I find this to be essential when taking pictures of strangers who are in the midst of their daily activities. I don't believe that "street" shooting should be compared to going on a safari. Instead, I find the ultimate goal should be to illuminate the mundane and express its hidden beauty - without surprise, scripting, or being intrusive.

To that extent, my experience this past Friday was a lesson in how people don't understand the nature of street photography and how this misunderstanding can lead to a volatile moment.

Time and Setting: Late afternoon, perfect sunlight and shadows

The Scene: Jersey City, New Jersey. Off Bergen ...

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