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Meet Gail Mancuso of Gail Mancuso Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gail Mancuso.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Unlike many artists, my creative background stems not so much from a typical art background, but more from growing up in a large family of entrepreneurs and inventive personalities. My early interest in photography evolved from my career as a model, where I worked on the other side of the camera. With a growing appreciation for composition and technique, my passion for the craft grew into a pursuit of photography as fine art.

Now, I use my camera to capture the energy, diversity and nuance of the urban landscape. I shoot mainly in large cities, where the street becomes my studio, and where I find most of my subject matter. Most days, as I venture out, camera in hand, I never know what might resonate within and capture my interest. It’s truly an improvisational experience.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I was fortunate to have a gallery support the launch of my photographic career. My first and still best-selling piece served as a platform for an expansion of my vision and provided the momentum for representation, as well as solo and group shows and various other commissions.

Every step of the journey, however, presented challenges, the least of which have been the need for patience for recognition and validation of my work, avoiding the temptation to doubt your own eye and lose faith in yourself, and the need to recognize that not every work will commercially succeed.

Like so many other things in life, the pursuit is a journey and not a destination.

Please tell us about Gail Mancuso Photography.
As a fine art photographer, I guess you could say my niche is merging the traditional photographic method with digital editing. I focus on creating unanticipated representations of people and space through a very intricate process of layering and collage.

My large-scale “Synchronicity” urban photomontage series has been instrumental to my success and has been well-received in the art community, winning several awards. Each work is comprised of over 300 individual photographs shot on the streets of major cities. These complex projects generally take five to six months to complete, and seeing them evolve and come alive as I work is a very gratifying process.

My other area of focus is creating layered abstracts. I often begin by layering several photographs that blend well together, until the image takes on a life of its own. My series are varied in subject, as I do not limit myself to favoring one genre.

Through the multi-layered format I work with, I blend color and weave texture, and the end result often blurs the lines between photography and painterly expressions. It’s not unusual for me to be asked if my work is a photograph or a painting. I enjoy engaging the viewer’s curiosity and intellect, and I feel the greatest compliment an artist can receive is to have their work appreciated and recognized.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Growing up in a rural area as part of a large family was a nurturing environment, laying the foundation for me to discover my true interests. Being surrounded by such an imaginative and creative mixture of personalities gave me the confidence to pursue my passions and believe in myself – inspiration that still informs my creativity today.

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