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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:
This month we spotlight photographer Yuri Lev Hrynyszyn from New Jersey who "attempts to praise or honor the mundane with a sacred light". His work is thoughtful and beautiful. Hopefully you enjoy learning more about him and his artistic style.
This issue also brings awareness to "World Oceans Day" which lands on June 8th this year. Click on any of the links to read more about how you can help make a difference. Please leave comment and share how you plan to participate...everyone can MAKE A SPLASH!
Volume #4 of the ARt diSTriCt Magazine features the Fine Art America group the ArT diSTriCt which celebrated its two month anniversary last week. The group continues to be ranked Number One and now boasts over 970 members. It continues to be a hub of activity for its members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts!
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What's your story? Please introduce yourself
I'm an adjunct professor of photography at two institutions of higher learning. I spent 30 plus years working in various aspects of the field, including corporate, medical, theater, public relations and editorial. I was based in New York for twenty years before moving to New Jersey.
What does "being creative" mean to you?
Being creative means being passionate about my work and receiving inspiration from a place that's beyond the realm of thought and logic.
What’s your main artistic medium?
Although I didn't coin this term, I consider myself an artographer, one who combines photography with computer manipulation.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I was working in a microbiology lab and was absolutely miserable. I was writing poetry during working hours when nobody was looking and browsing art journals.
What inspires you?
Nature, women, cultures, ethnic groups, people in general.
Do you have a specialty?
Portraiture and landscapes are my specialties, if forced to choose one or two. I made money in various aspects of portraiture before teaching and doing fine art full time, which is what I do now.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would love to get into video and writing.
I attempt to praise or honor the mundane with a sacred light.
What kind of equipment/tools do you use?
I use one DSLR and one computer. Sometimes I employ my external strobes.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
My latest series involves the theme of women as seen through fantasy, reality and tradition.
What advice do you have for budding artists and photographers?
It's okay to imitate photographers or artists that you admire, but at some point you have to feel what arouses passion within you. The best advice I can offer young people who are considering art careers is to not count on becoming a star. If you feel absolutely compelled to create, and feel that you'd be unhappy not doing so then by all means take the plunge. However, if you feel that you can do without it and that having a larger income, steady job and a more or less predictable life's more appealing, by all means sell your equipment and run in the other direction.
What is #1 on your Bucket List?
I wish to visit Italy, Ireland and the Holy land.
Click on the following links or above images to to learn more about Yuri Lev and visit his work!