I would like to welcome everybody to my band new website. For those that do not know me, my name is Dominick Petrungaro and I am a photographer who is very passionate about what I do.
I have been shooting since the age of 16 and it has always been something that I have never gotten bored of, probably because of the huge influence that it has had in my life. If photography started at 16, then cinema got my attention way before then.
I remember when I was about 5 years old, my father would take me to the local library every Saturday where they would show free movies for kids. The first movie I ever watched was Sam Wanamaker's 'Sinbad and the Eye of The Tiger'. I was literally glued to my seat and did not movie until the good guys won and the end credits rolled. I was hooked and I wanted to see more of these phenomenal visions that formed out of light. It was magic right before my eyes and I wanted to see more of these spectacles.
Then came 'The Wizard of Oz' that was a yearly ritual that was broadcast on Halloween. This was the time before VCR's so you had to catch it when it aired. The mesmerizing special effects and the intense scenes with Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West terrifying Dorthy and her friends was always a lot of fun. Sunday afternoons were reserved for the 'Godzilla' features from Japan and the fantastic martial arts films from China.
As I got into my teens, directors such as John Carpenter, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, Stephen Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, and the list goes on. I watched so many films and television shows that, subconsciously, began to influence the way I photographed my subject matter.
So if you haven't guessed it by now, this is what I will be talking about here on my blog; photography and Pop Culture. I hope to get feed back from you on the topics I write about and I also encourage you to take a look at my work and tell me what you think.
With that being said, I will be taking part of the 'Contact' Photography Festival' which is the largest photography festival in the world held right here in beautiful Toronto, Ontario Canada. The gallery opening will be on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Incredible 'Artworld Fine Art' Gallery at 365 Evans Avenue in Etobicoke, Ontario and will run till the end of May. I hope to see you all there.