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Frank J Casella Digital Connection

July 20th, 2018

Frank J Casella Digital Connection

I'm Frank J Casella, an American photographer living in Chicagoland, with a concentration on Catholic Fine Art Photography.

I'm also co-founder of Chicago Catholic Men's Conference, and Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland. I believe when you foster a man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes with his life can have an impact three generations deep.

I enjoy many types of photographic subjects and styles, but it is my love for people and human behavior that really gets my heart pumping and creative juices flowing, through my viewpoint as a Roman Catholic.

Pictures speak in ways that words can not. Since I was a kid, I've been perfecting how to put my viewer where my subject is - I call this "Pictures People Listen To".


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“There are pictures that are very nice, but completely fake. Let me assure you that the heart can’t be 'photoshopped,' because that’s where authentic love and genuine happiness have to be found"
-- Pope Francis - January 21, 2018

'But for everyone, believers or not, the works of art inspired by Scripture remain a reflection of the unfathomable mystery which engulfs and inhabits the world.'
-- St. Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists

iPhones and Rainbows

July 20th, 2018

iPhones and Rainbows

iPhones and Rainbows by Frank J Casella


The rainbow is a sign of God's promises and hope of His love in the world.

In this day and age of digital technology you’ll never miss a picture of a rainbow.

Digital cameras changed photography, and now smart phones are changing digital cameras.

Which brings me to the point of this post, how making pictures of rainbows now is not so much about the camera as it is the photographer.

How you compose an image and tell a story is more simple and quick than ever, and less and less do you have to play with adjustments or post processing.

Yes, it is said that more pictures have been taken with the smartphone camera than all the pictures in the history of photography ... think about that.


So keep snapping and sharing, and enjoy life.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


'Pictures That Share Hope and God's Love in the World'


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Welcome to Square Art World - Artist Group

July 18th, 2018

Welcome to Square Art World - Artist Group

Welcome to Square Art World - Artist Group


Friend's, at the link, I would like to introduce you to an artist group that I recently began to curate on Pixels / Fine Art America.

This group displays the fine art of Square Artwork. traditional paintings, photography, sculpture and drawings, etc..

What I love most about this format is the ability to provide strong composition, balanced with story telling elements that create emotion and immediate impact. I'm inspired by how many of you purchase greeting cards and frame them for your night stand or desk, or to give to a friend

Square format often times is easier to decorate with as well, as the art is often more forgiving when arranging your wall decor. The square also fits well inside the dimentions of the Hand Bags, Pillows and Shower Curtains, and Mugs, and plays well with the Round Beach Towel which is the latest craze.

This will make it six groups that I curate, simply because I enjoy meeting new colleagues and share their works, as well as to raise the bar on what is exhibited and make it easy for you to sort out.

Thank you very much! Enjoy your day!

Frank J Casella, Photographer


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Where Is Your Faith by Frank J Casella

July 13th, 2018

Where Is Your Faith  by Frank J Casella

Where Is Your Faith - Landscape Photography by Frank J Casella


Having faith sometimes is like looking into the clouds and seeing nothing, and yet other times like seeing colors in the sky.

There are circumstances where we have lack of faith, and other times where our faith has saved us.

The important thing, I think, is to learn from each what either didn't work or what did. So that we can do better tomorrow.

Our purpose on earth, to those of us who believe, is to bring hope to the poor in spirit, and thus foster our own poverty through living out our faith.


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Breezeway - photo by Frank J Casella

July 11th, 2018

Breezeway - photo by Frank J Casella

Chasing the sunlight, I found this morning light moment in a back yard of my neighborhood. Made with the iPad camera.



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Fun In The Sun by Frank J Casella

July 10th, 2018

Fun In The Sun by Frank J Casella

These Cone Flowers remind me of the summer vibe. How they reach for the sun, and soak it right up like many of us go to the beach.

They also remind us that we are to embrace life with a positive attitude. It makes life more colorful, and also makes people want to know what you're up to.

Enjoy your life!

“When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.” — Zig ZIglar





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Believe By Frank J Casella

July 3rd, 2018

Believe  By Frank J Casella

There are several ways to believe. We can believe in ourselves or someone else. We can believe in a certain way to do something. We can also believe In what others tell us.

The important thing for me is when I believe that it’s my own thinking, and not what another person wants me to beleive. Sometimes, when I do this I can feel all alone.

So, there needs to be, I have found, a source for your convictions. A measuring stick if you will. That source for me is Jesus Christ -- not because we live in a Christan nation or that the majority still believes in Christianity.

Rather because the words and actions of Jesus are proven, and have impacted my life to the point of that is what I beleive. Jesus also brings us to a form of independence. ...

Those who live contrary to the designs and plans of God are courting destruction and Death — not simply the death of the body, but the death of the soul.

Living in a way contrary to the purposes of our human nature made in the image of God inevitably leads to suffering and mourning. The lies we tell ourselves and those we accept from our culture lead to ever more complex justifications which inevitably damage our spiritual health, sending us into spirals of sin which further blind us.

Such justification with out repentance ultimately leads to destruction. It is only by loving God’s truth more than human praise that we can come to true repentance, which frees us to live in accord with God’s purposes revealed to us in Jesus Christ, the perfect image of God.






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Winter Can Be Beautiful by Frank J Casella

June 29th, 2018

Winter Can Be Beautiful by Frank J Casella



Just a reminder, in case you are too hot in Chicagoland today.






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The significance of a light post - by Frank J Casella

June 26th, 2018

The significance of a light post - by Frank J Casella

The significance of a light post - Black and White Square Photo by Frank J Casella


I don't know about you, but I take a light post for granted. It's one of those things in life that is seen but not noticed .. unless, of course, if its not lit or even there and you need the light.


This one has some fragrant flowers attached to it, to bring beauty to life both day and night.


In a similar way, our lives can be a light post to others, to show them the way.


And this depends on if we spend our time around true leaders, read books, and put our trust in God who is a bigger source outside ourselves. All of which help us to make educated decisions to know what we believe.


What would we do if we didn't have people in our lives to show us the way? The right way. Not the way of listening to others about the ways of the world, or listen to ourselves talk, but with trusted and proven advice.


Just like I take a light post for granted, I also take for granted the significance I have on others around me.


How about you?




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How To Make Pictures That Tell A Story

June 17th, 2018

How To Make Pictures That Tell A Story

Most of my work as a Catholic photographer has been to document public figures: statesmen, celebrities, professional athletes, and leaders of the world religions. This is important work because what your camera is doing is telling the story of history in the making in ways that words cannot. I have had to learn to be a tight-lipped and trustworthy person who has excellent relationship skills, yet is unnoticed and doesn’t get in the way of the moment -- a fly on the wall. I've learned to remain humble in the moment, too, and not let the “power” faze me. They will pick up on it, and this will show in the pictures.

Many of my people pictures from over the years have become fine art photography. Though in recent years there has been an interest in street photography as fine art, which are pictures that illustrate a society or a culture, I try to tell a stronger story with my pictures and go deeper to transform the viewer to stop them, to make a more positive and lasting impression.

Many of you will not be in the position to photograph public people in private moments, but you may be in situations that call for you to be like a fly on the wall. The key to making pictures of people in this way is the element of waiting. I’ve mostly learned (how to do) this because of how I was born in an Italian Catholic family, as my camera has found its way into in many churches. People here are deeply personal, reverent and holy, and its important to be sensitive yet understand that a click of the shutter in the right moment will tell a great story (about today) in the next decade or century.

When I start walking around a church with my camera, for example, people will usually watch me for a while. But then after some time I start to fall into the background and they forget I’m there. I then somewhat have their trust, and, it is at this moment their heart and Soul comes to life ... An outward expression of their inner thoughts or beliefs.

Back when I shot more film, my workhorse cameras were the Nikon F3HP with a quiet shutter. It was important too for my lenses to have a lot of glass (I mostly used the 85mm f/1.4), which means they need to be really bright and let in a lot of light. Now that digital sensors see a lot more light this is a bit easier, but the rules are still the same to prevent motion and un-focussed pictures. This brings me to the key element of all this ...

You really need to be one with your camera and feel the light as your camera sees it.

For example, sometimes I will be propped discreetly in a corner with my eye on a moment and, to capture it, I’ll need to hold the camera at waist level. If the subject sees me move the camera to my eye the moment will change instantly. So, I may only get one shot and it will have to be right. You learn this by practicing it and making all the mistakes so that you know what not to do in the ‘real’ moment.

My present workhorse digital camera is the Pentax K-10D. It has a CCD sensor that collects the image as analog then converts it to digital. The results are images that look like film to me. This is how I want my images to look and feel, because I usually don’t post process any more than a slight tweak. I do most of the work (composition, lighting, and exposure, etc.) in-camera through the viewfinder, as if it where still a film camera.

I'm also now experimenting with iPhone photography in a documentary form, known as Art Phoneography.

One of the great documentary photographers, Edward Steichen, whom I studied while a student at Columbia College Chicago, has said “Photography is a major force in explaining man to man”. It is these words that really have made a lasting impression on every time I click the shutter. Because humanity needs images that are examples of hope and goodness.

Art is not a luxury, and my mission is to share hope and God's love in the world.

Why is this?

Because growing up as a Catholic, it was impressed on me that many of the Catholic Saints were born with shortcomings. How they are recognized by the Church today, through icons and illustrations, is because of how they transformed their shortcomings into virtues or goodness.

Likewise, all of us posses goodness, and (because of this) we need ‘fly on the wall’ examples that tell the story of (your) history in the making in ways that words can not.

So keep making pictures that tell a story about life.


Photo: 'At The Heart Of Everything' by Frank J Casella https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/featured/at-the-heart-of-everything-frank-j-casella.html


Caption: Cardinal Blase Cupich (then archbishop) of Chicago prays at the Tabernacle before Mass during a parish visit.



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