Hi! I am Dianne Vita – photographer, graphic artist & web dev/designer. I love to create beautiful things, and I always have. I am a degree’ed artist, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, which was recently cited as the 5th top school for the art & design in the world. My love for photography started in high school. My school got some extra money, so added a new darkroom & started offering classes in photography. I signed up immediately. I was given a Rangefinder SLR, some black & white film & some assignments to shoot. I enlisted my brothers & sisters, our pets – dogs & cats! and my friends to pose for me. I went literally everywhere with that camera. I shot a veritable ton of film.
After shooting, we couldn’t get another roll until we developed what we took, so I learned about proper darkroom procedures. How to open the camera, pull the film, then wind it onto a spool to place in the development canister – all in the pitch black. After that, how to add the right chemicals to develop the film. Once the film was developed, I had to choose the image or images I wanted to print – staring at the reverse black/white images on the film, trying to see the details & which would work best. Then exposing the paper to the image, running it through the 3 baths needed for black & white photography & seeing the final result.
Photography is about capturing the way light bounces off & around a person or object – making that light perfect is the art.
I was good at it. My teacher, Mr. Ruprecht, loved my work. He not only gave me good grades, but encouraged me to study photography at art school. He was the one who told me about Pratt, and begged me to apply. I did, but decided to study fashion design. To be honest, I couldn’t afford the equipment needed to study photography – cameras & lenses were the student’s responsibility at Pratt. I loved fashion, as well, so I went for that. But I hung out at the photography studio a lot.
Time passes, life goes on & now I find myself going back to my first love – photography. Equipment & space needed has changed. Now we do digital images, and work in a digital darkroom, with software programs like Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. The principals are the same though.
I hope you will consider me for your photographer. I would love to capture the light for you.