Stage performer turned photographer, Antonia (Toni) has lived in Paris and New York, but now calls the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine home.
As a child, Toni spent summers with relatives on the shores of Mobile Bay, in Alabama. Early morning hours were usually devoted to shrimping or fishing with her uncle. In her late teens, she moved to Paris and auditioned for Marcel Marceau's school of mime, thus began her education in gesture and storytelling. In her mid-twenties, she spent one year working/sailing aboard the tall ship Rose, sailing to Europe and back from Boston. This adventure set the course for her vision of sea-infused stories. Finally, her visual arts education included 16 mm film, documentary and black and white photographic craft craft, just before the digital revolution rolled in and changed the tide.
Antonia holds a B.A. from Vermont College, and certificates from the SALT Center for Documnetary Studies and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Recent continuing education includes workshops in photography and encaustics, and John Coffer's Camp Tintype.
Very much influenced by her theater and dance performance training, Toni uses her camera to see the spectacle of life. Likening the formal frame of her twin-lens to a proscenium arch in a theater, she is equally interested in the alchemy of a ten-minute performance exposure before her pinhole camera, or the "happening" of submerging her camera underwater.
Current collaborations with the pinhole camera include Baker's Dozen, a year-long exchange with artist Amy Rockett-Todd, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and, The Monster Project, a teaching pinhole and performance experiment with theater director Esther Mollo, of Lille, France. A book collaboration, with fisherman Glen Libby, will be published in 2016