One Eyeland 2015 Award winner
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - NATURE - GOLD
Michael Frisino studied visual anthropology, but worked professionally as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Always interested in other cultures, he lived for several years in Russia, and now lives in Brazil.
His images are influenced more by his admiration of certain painters than by other photographers. Amongst his major influences are El Greco, Chagall, the surrealists, Japanese woodblock prints and the films of Werner Herzog, Fritz Lang, and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Werner Herzog says an artist must use any means necessary to reach “the ecstatic truth,” a knowing mix of truth and lies that gets at the emotional core of a chosen subject more accurately than the a simple “accountant’s truth”.
Taking this to heart, in 2016 Michael has been working on a series of color images he calls "collisions" where he digitally process 2 images to create a new image which goes beyond simple superimposition. See his Carnacollisions series for examples of this as applied to the Rio de Janeiro's famous carnival.
Michael also shoots landscapes primarily with an Infrared modified Sony A7R. He likes the rich textures and alternate perspective afforded by infrared. Infrared allows him to find expressive images in scenes that in normal light would be far less compelling. He edits the infrared photos in false color and/or black and white.