FRANCESCA SCALPI - email@example.com
P.O. Box 99, Jenner, CA 95450 USA
This native New Yorker has moved to Sonoma Coast from Los Angeles.
When something moves me, I feel alive and in the moment. I am open to what life has to offer. I want to share my mind’s eye with others. The inter-connectivity of life fascinates me. I want to connect.
In my early life, I was immersed in different cultures. Both of my grandparents were new to America. The sounds, smells, customs, food, dress and stories stoked my imagination. It was a sensory experience on many levels. It expanded my mind’s eye. I wanted to find a way to create a sensory experience to share. Having access to some of the finest museums for antiquities and art in NYC helped me fine tune what moved me. In art school, I wanted to learn about mastering tools to create my own sense of self expression. I always needed the freedom to organically create.
Looking through a camera lens, I open my mind’s eye and try to experience what I see. What will move me? Will it be the light, shadows, shape, movement, or the soul reflected in an eye? The process of creating for me is never the same because it is raw, unfiltered and not planned. My intent may be to go whale watching but when I am there, I let the moment take me and try to capture it through photography. After the experience, when I go through my prints, I only select ones that move me and try not to over analyze it.
What thrills me the most is when people are moved by something I create. It is not necessary that they see what I saw but that they feel something. The image may reflect something in their life. You can technically take a perfect photo. But for me, it needs to be more about a connection that people have with it. I did a mixed media piece entitled ‘History of Red’ and it was fascinating to watch people’s reactions. People stared at it and had conversations. It evoked something.
I want my art to be visceral.
Juried Art Shows:
Finely Center "Nature Wonderland"
Salmon Creek ArtWalk - May 2019, May & November 2017 - November 2015
Sonoma County Library - Photography Exhibit 2017 - August 7 to 19th
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Blue Show - 1 Photo
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Red Show - 1 Mixed Media
Graton Art Gallery "Small Works Show 2016 & 2017 & 2018 - 3 Photos Selected
Russian River Gallery Birds of a Feather Show - 3 Photos
Dianne Newman Galleries Small Wonders Show - 3 Photos
Kennedy Gallery Queer Art Show - 2 Photos
Art @ The Source 2016 , 2017, 2018, 2019 - Selected Artist
Producer - Art on the Coast May 4th, 2014
Producer - TED4, Kobe, Japan - IBM Multimedia TED Talk
Produced - Keynote addresses at COMDEX & CES
Digital Design Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Certificate in 2 D & 3D Design from the California Arts Institute.
Certificate in Hands on Computer Graphics from Dynamic Graphics Education Foundation.
NYU courses in Film & Video. New York University New Paltz Jewelry and Photography
The French American Animation Conference, French Embassy, NYC
43rd International Design Conference in Aspen 1993, Topic: Interactive Media Workshop
Eastern Communication Association Convention 1993, Topic: New Alliances for Publishing
ACM SIGGRAPH Conference 1992, Topic: Building the Multimedia Experience
International Television Association Conference (ITVA) 1991 New York, Topic: Digital Graphics
Five Multimedia Invision Awards
International Film and Video Festival
Four CINE Awards (1991, 92, 93)
Telly Awards – First Place Winner
New York Film & Video Festival – Finalist Award
P.O. Box 99
Jenner, CA 95450
Work posted on this site can be special ordered and dropped shipped to your home or business (US Only).
Nature in Black & White is inspired by Edward Weston's, Robert Mapplethrope's and Imogen Cunningham's still lifes. It is through this exploration of abstraction that I find the sculptural beauty in the natural world.
Edward Weston's modernist style and his passion love of nature and form in his still lifes.
“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” – Edward Weston
Robert Mapplethrope's flowers and still lifes of timeless elegance. Arranged with his sense of balance and meticulously lit.
“…My whole point is to transcend the subject. …Go beyond the subject somehow, so that the composition, the lighting, all around, reaches a certain point of perfection. That’s what I’m doing. Whether it’s a cock or a flower, I’m looking at it in the same way. …in my own way, with my own eyes.” – Robert Mapplethorpe
Imogen Cunningham's plant photographs. Her floral studies were influenced by stark lines and were mainly of close-ups, as she believed the "paradox of expansion via reduction becomes vivid when one looks at the visual aspect of nature", each level of detail is echoed in the next lager and smaller level of scale.
"My interest in photography has something to do with the aesthetic, and that there should be a little beauty in everything." - Imogen Cunningham
Inspiration for photographing landscapes and rural life are Ansel Adams and Minor White. Ansel Adams photographed landscapes whose horizon are very high in the frame, giving favor to the landscape below. Minor White is one of the masters of photographic modernism. White sought to photograph things not only for what they are but also for what they may suggest, and his pictures teem with symbolic and metaphorical allusions.
"All art is a vision penetrating the illusions of reality, and photography is one form of this vision and revelation. . . . My approach to photography is based upon my belief in the vigor and values of the world of nature, in aspects of grandeur and minutiae all about us." - Ansel Adams
“No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.” – Minor White
My love of wildlife photography is inspired by Eliot Furness Porter, National Geographic magazine and Jacques Cousteau's underwater adventures. Eliot Porter took up color to create more accurate photographs of birds. Soon he added other woodland subjects to his repertoire and became the first established artist-photographer to commit to exploring the colorful beauty and diversity of the natural world. "In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World." He combined his evocative color photographs of New England woods with excerpts from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, revolutionized photographic book publishing by setting new standards for design and printing and proving the commercial viability of fine art photography books.
"Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject." - Eliot Porter
In today's selfie age can photographs still be considered "ART"? I believe that it can and I strive to elevate my photos in the same spirit as the renowned photographers of the past who revolutionized the art of photography. Besides does the world really need another selfie of Kim Kardashian?
All images on this website are
A subset of my work is on permanent display at the Artisan' Co-Op, 17175 Bodega Hwy, Bodega, CA. If you see a photo you like on this website, I can do a special order and have it dropped shipped to your residence. I only accept PayPal invoice payment. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org for price list.