Pauline Chiarelli


Instagram: @pchiarelli.images and @pchiarelli.daily


“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.”  Annie Leibovitz and so many visual storytellers like her have taught us so much.  Leibovitz and others then mentor us further through their craft of language which elevates our perception of those same images.

Like many photographers who love this craft, I reach for a camera at nearly every opportunity. To document. To savor. To share. To remember.  Photography also serves to remind us all how recording seemingly mundane components of our lives may lend new meaning to our future selves. Just like the groundbreaking photographers with far more limited tools tried to teach us all.

Being a photographer also means remaining a student for life.  That’s the part I savor.  And to create a more compelling story, I love the craft of photo editing.  Whether reaching for tools on my computer or phone, photo editing is alchemy, not formulaic, to me.  One fundamental goal prevails, to reveal an inherently expressive story.

In addition to WSA exhibiting opportunities, I have had the honor of exhibiting at juried shows: FotoFoto Gallery (2nd place, 6th Annual Int’l. Phoneography Competition), Huntington Arts Council (Honorable Mention), Huntington Art Center, Islip Arts Council, East End Arts Council, Rochester Contemporary Art Center and local galleries on Long Island.