Victor Perrotti

Bio

Victor Perrotti resides in Virginia Beach with his family. His first camera was a Kodak Pocket-Instamatic 110 purchased for him by his mother. He has been taking photographs for a majority of his life.

He documented his military service on color film. Later, he was introduced to the darkroom in a college photography class. He reflects, "To this day, I never tire of watching my images come to the surface under the glow of red light."

He embraced digital photography but never got rid of his darkroom equipment. Victor continues to shoot digital from time to time but bytes don't hold his interest like small particles of metallic silver.

Victor holds degrees in the fields of Education and Graphic Design. After retiring from a career as a public school teacher, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (NoBo). He is currently employed as a graphic designer at an etching and engraving shop.

He is continually searching for new ways through which to self-actualize. His interests include collage, drawing, painting and printing. He counts among his many influences Sigmund Freud, Henry David Thoreau, Allen Ginsberg, Jorge Castillo and the Bauhaus School of Design. The Mid-Atlantic Coast is his studio. You can find him out searching among the waves, trees, railroad tracks, abandoned warehouses, graveyards, telephone poles, bridges and broken glass.

Artist Statement

I don’t completely understand why I create, except to say that I am driven by nature to examine all things in a critical light. I have purposely slowed down my creative process by returning to analogue film from a digital interlude. The analogue photographic process is deliberate and measured. By practicing pinhole photography, I have simplified even further, my photographic process. I have more time to contemplate desired end results. I purposefully work through the analogue photographic stages to achieve my destination. My process includes getting the image in camera, developing the film, printing the image and finally sharing my view.

I shoot film to forge a connection between myself and my environment. I desire to bring others into this connection with the physical presentation of my vision. I currently utilize a 6" x 6" High Impact Polystyrene pinhole camera. It is compact, rugged, lightweight and impervious to extreme temperatures. Sometimes I carry a tripod; other times I welcome the challenge of finding a stable platform, from which to capture my desired composition.

I develop all my exposed black and white film in a makeshift darkroom (bathroom). My hands down favorite film is Kodak Tri-X 400 developed in D-76. This combination has an extremely wide exposure range and I am hooked on the high level of contrast. I do from time to time, experiment with other films and developers but keep coming back to this tried and true combination.

Next, I scan the negatives on a flatbed scanner. The chosen images are brought into Lightroom/Photoshop and adjusted for display on the web (digital). Then it's back into the darkroom to make prints (silver gelatin) with my relic — a Beseler 23c. Even before I have made my first print, I already have a premonition as to how I will proceed with each image because I have previously manipulated them digitally. Yes, I still utilize a computer, but on my own terms.

After drying, the final prints are ironed between two sheets of parchment paper and placed under a stack of books. I complete the photographic process by framing the best prints with archival material and presenting them as gifts.

My photographic process centers on keeping my finger in the creative process. The handmade experience feels warm and strengthens my connection to the creation. My analogue process connects the work itself, with my mind and my hands engaging in the creative process. The circle feels complete.

Documenting my world through a pinhole brings me into a state of deeper meditation with my surroundings. I wish for others to view my world with the same sense of awe and reverence that I experience when actively gathering the light. I view my pinhole photography is an opportunity to shine light on the numb routine motions of people everywhere, drowning in a world of digital images.

Pinhole photography smacks of rebellion, in a Luddite kind of way. Pinhole photography allows me to break a cardinal rule of photography. I shoot into the sun.

Curriculum Vitae

Victor Perrotti Currently lives and works in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Education

2019 Associates of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design with a Specialization in Multimedia, Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, VA
2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike
1989 Master of Education, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
1986 Bachelor of Science in Educational Leadership Services with a minor in Psychology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
1984 Shodan, Butoku-Kai USA Division, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Radius 250 2022 | 9th Biennial Regional Juried Exhibition, 2022. Artspace, Richmond, VA.
NSEW: Divided by Land | United by Film, 2016. Kransberg Arts Center, Saint Louis, MO.
32nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibit, 2016. Suffolk Art Gallery, Suffolk, VA.
45th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition, 2016. Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA.
Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation Cemeteriescape, 2014 &2013. Selden Arcade, Norfolk, VA.

Group Publications

Photography Association Creatus October/November 2017. BLUR Magazine, Issue 57.
Tidewater Community College 2017. Three Forty High Street Student Art Magazine.
Slinsky, Kier (Ed) 2017. The f/D Book of Pinhole. Cleveland: Suggestive Press.
Kline, Cameron (Ed) 2016. NSEW 2016 Film Shooters Collective. Blurb.
Victor Perrotti