Expression: The process of making known one’s thoughts and feelings. One small word, full of vibrant possibility, if given the opportunity.
Growing up was always a bit hectic. My mother raised my brother and I as a single parent for a while until she met my step Dad. They worked very hard to give my brother and myself a good home, and a good education. At times, though, fun was difficult to accomplish. Art, however, was always common ground. My mother had been quite the local artist when she was younger, winning multiple local competitions and awards. As I grew and developed artistic talent also, my mother nurtured this creativity, and I became quite the artist myself. I’ve also won a few local competitions and had some art pieces placed in a traveling art show and displayed at the SC State Fair during my high school years. I’ve worked with a few different art mediums, including paint, clay, charcoal, pastels, sculpture, and photography. My favorite, however, would have to be photography. There is just something magical to me about being able to capture a single moment in time, and immortalize it onto something physical. Something that tells a different story to everyone viewing it. Meeting Dean and starting Shaded Line Photoworks has given us numerous opportunities to capture a story for people to travel back to and relive each time they see their photos. I love being a photographer, I love seeing the joy on people’s faces when they see a great photo. I wouldn’t change my opportunities for the world.
Growing up along the Jersey coast in the '80s, I still hold a fondness for corny movies, cheesy video games and long sunsets. Not having as much technology gave me opportunities to be creative in the most basic of ways. Drawing, playing music, and writing poetry were a daily part of life for me. A school field trip allowed me the chance to borrow Mom's camera. Using mostly point and shoot film cameras, I loved photography from the first time I ever pressed a shutter button. However, I hadn't developed any of my skills to their fullest potential.
After graduating high school, creativity gave way to working in the real world. I followed in my father's footsteps as an auto mechanic. I became ASE Certified, and later, Master Certified. Of course my ambition, combined with my mother's business sense, drove me to explore other fields and even business ownership. Eventually, I would return to earning a living turning wrenches.
It wasn't until I met my wife, Kate, that I remembered that I had a creative side once. She inspires me every day to not only be a better person, but also a more creative one. Her strength and support has given me the courage to pursue my passion for photography full time. Having the opportunity to work together couldn't make me happier.
Kate DiAntonio - Photographer
Dean DiAntonio - Photographer
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
- Elliott Erwitt