Lawyer-turned-Photographer Peter Alessandria to hold Solo Fine Art Photography Show at Scotch Plains Public Library
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • 6:55am
Show to run November 1, 2013 thru November 30, 2013
DOVER, NJ - Peter Alessandria, Dover NJ-based photographer and former entertainment attorney, will have a solo exhibition of his work at the Scotch Plains Public Library, located at 1927 Bartle Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, from November 1st thru November 30th 2013. There is an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 23rd from 2-4PM. The reception is open to the public and all are welcome.
Mr. Alessandria left a successful law career in 2008 to pursue his passion for photography. Since then he has developed a exciting, award winning body of work. His photos have been featured in a number of shows and exhibitions around the New York/New Jersey area. The Scotch Plains Library exhibit will include images from several different collections including landscape, seascape and still life photos. Mr. Alessandria uses his camera to create his own photographic art.
“I use a photo as the jumping off point to create my own unique brand of digital art. I see each scene twice: once through my camera and then again through my computer screen. I use the tools of modern digital photography to make each image my own,” Mr. Alessandria said.
Mr. Alessandria’s work can be seen at www.peteralessandriaphotography.com
The show will be on the Library’s lower level. For hours of operation, please visit the Scotch Plains Library website at http://www.scotlib.org/ or call (908) 322-5007. The Scotch Plains Public Library has been proudly presenting the work of local artists for many years.
For more information regarding the artist, please contact Peter Alessandria at 973-537-5998.
What happens when you combine a global financial crisis with a personal mid-life crisis?
In 2004, I picked up a real camera for the first time. It was a professional model - the kind with interchangeable lenses and an optical viewfinder you could see through. Suddenly, all I wanted to do was take pictures. In the first two years I fired off over 200,000 shots. And when I wasn't taking pictures, I was on the Internet communicating with other people about taking pictures. I was in my 40's and had finally found my passion.
2008 was the year the Financial Crisis hit. I had been working as an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years. I didn't love what I was doing but the money was good. As a result of the global financial meltdown however, I lost 100% of my business. Instead of wallowing in despair (OK - there were a few moments of wallowing), I decided to take a chance and turn my love of photography into a full-time job.
It was only by losing my law business and being confronted with what to do next that I decided to do what I love. It was a huge risk, YET I HAVEN'T LOOKED BACK.
Today my business consists of commercial product photography, executive headshots, actor/model headshots, family portraits and fine art photography. This website is devoted to the latter. Here you'll find the landscapes, seascapes, and still life images that mean so much to me. I love creating beautiful photos and sharing them with others. It is so exciting to see the joy my photos bring.
That's not to say it's been easy. I have often doubted my decision (while supportive, I am sure most of my family & friends think I am crazy for leaving the law behind). And it turns out there's a lot more to running a successful business than passion and creativity. But now I love what I do and could never imagine going back to doing anything that doesn't arouse passion, creativity and joy in me. I hope my story inspires others to follow their dreams and to live a passion-filled life.
If it took a global financial meltdown and mid-life crisis to get here, I'm all for it.
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