July 12, 2015
The task of an artist is always to deepen the mystery.
— Francine Rogers, APA photographer
Francine Rogers’s journey – bringing the love of photography to others – began as an elementary school teacher, a mission which lasted for over thirty-five years. A graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, with a master of science degree, she transferred her technical knowledge and passion for artistic creation to her classrooms and passed them on to her students.
“Although I shoot digitally, my photos are as close to organic, or natural, as possible. Most of my photos come straight out of the camera. I then have them printed either on metal, or on metallic paper, covered with the finest 3/4” acrylic. They are not framed, but can be, if desired. I also may have some shots “backlit” and framed. The photograph is printed directly on the acrylic with the light behind it,” she confesses.
“I’ve often asked myself why I chose photography as an art? What is it that gives me so much satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment? For me, there is more than one reason. At times, I want to make a memory timeless. I want it preserved forever. At other times, I want to have the opportunity to learn a new skill, practice it and help others learn it. I get satisfaction from taking risks in producing images and having a positive feeling of success as my reward when it works. It may not work, but that’s the chance I take too. Finally, my photographs tell others about myself. We are what we photograph. It is my way of being in this world. It is my way of putting creativity in our lives.”
One of Francine’s pieces “Horsing Around”, another example of a memory made timeless, was acquired last week by Art Hamptons, the Original Fine Art Fair of the Hamptons, NY. The spectacular image is, most likely, the best taken by Francine in la Camargue, on the coast between Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence, in the southern France, Europe’s largest river delta, home to unique breeds of Camargue Horses.