Berkshire County Landscape Exhibit by Photographer Ben Mancino
On view in the Burgdorff Gallery at Southern Vermont College (SVC) are photos of landscapes of Berkshire County by Photographer Ben Mancino of North Adams, Mass. The public is invited to view the exhibit now through Dec. 15, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Everett Mansion on campus.
Drawn to the Berkshires for its natural beauty, Mancino set out to become regionally renowned for his ability to capture the quintessential light-painted landscapes. His latest work, “Welcome to the Berkshires,” is a seven-year photography series of four seasons featuring lush landscapes, spectacular fall foliage, crystalized forests, holy light beams, and magnificent rainbows. His book which recently received second place for the Amateur – Nature Book category in the 2018 International Photography Awards is available for purchase at the College’s Laumeister Art Center or by contacting Mancino at email@example.com or 518-915-0547.
Since the age of 13, Mancino has pursued the art of photography. His curiosity and passion for the natural world has played an integral part in the development of his artistic style. He grew up surrounded by woods, fields, gardens, and streams which makes Berkshire County an elaborate extension of the terrain similar to his childhood days.
Mancino said, “I have recently acquired the ability to read light and have successfully predicted the appearance of light beams, rainbows, and dramatic backlit sunsets. In order to create striking images time and time again, it is important to learn the relationship between the landscape and sun. In order to capture peak fall foliage or flower fields in full bloom a bit of research needs to be done to identify the window of opportunity. Once the window of opportunity is identified it is important to consider the orientation of the sun in relation to the subject in order to achieve the desired lighting effect.”
In 2014, Mancino received first place in the international photography competition, Shoot the Wild. In 2015, he received three international honorable mentions for his first series, “Fears, Nightmares, & Dreams Collide,” in the International Photography Awards, Fine Art Photography Awards, and International Photographer of the Year Contest.
Mancino received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
For more information, contact SVC’s Director of Art and Music Eric Despard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-681-2889.