When I think about creating new work, I often think of the word permanence. Defined, permanence is the state of lasting or remaining unchanged indefinitely. Permanence is, of course, an impossibility. Nothing lasts forever. We live in constant flux. And modern times seem to be the antithesis of permanence.
However, the camera can create permanence. Photographs exist. They remain to tell their story. I wonder if perhaps photographs may be as close as we can come to permanence.
I want to create photographs, specifically portraits, full of permanence. It is for this reason, some time ago, I began a conscious rejection of the impermanent that has become so pervasive. To me, as an artist, devices and attitudes that create impermanence may have their place, but they are not for me. I choose to create my photographs using traditional film and cameras with the hopes that I will create something real.
I consider myself a portraitist, however, I don't always confine myself to a genre.
My goals for my portraiture are simple yet evasive: timelessness, mystery, humanity and honesty.
Paul James DiPasquale (b. 1980 Rochester, NY) is a fine art photographer based in Connecticut working mostly in New England and New York. Central themes in his portraiture include adolescence, innocence, and the bonds that unite us a humans. He strives to create photographs that speak to the fleeting moments of childhood, the confusion of adolescence, the mystery of the human condition and the longing that we all feel for something more. When not photographing people, he has a fascination with the wide open spaces of the western United States.