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Faculty Highlights - Michael Grillo

There are the street scenes, shot in black and white in Italy.  A couple locked in an embrace. A busker playing an accordion.   A pair of businessmen on a train, smiling at the camera.

There are the domestic scenes, shot in color in Maine.  Wife in robe, early morning, standing in the backyard.  Young sons, one at the com­puter, the other surrounded by toys, a blur of motion in the living room.   A family camping trip, dinner at sunset, ocean in the background.

And then there are the scenes that got away. The moments when the camera isn’t immediately handy.  The moments when everything is almost — but not quite — perfect.   For Michael Grillo, a photographer and University of Maine associate professor of art history, those are the scenes that haunt him.

“The images are at first resident in your head and you go out and make them happen,” says Grillo, whose photography informs and is informed by his research.  “You’re trailing something specific.   I have images in my mind that I’m still waiting to make happen.   I know they’re out there.”

(excerpt from The Long View Art of medieval masters and the Dutch Golden Age resonates in Grillo’s contemporary photography by Kristen Andresen, published in Summer 2012 UMaine Today)  Click on the link for complete article.



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