Portrait art photography isn’t just about people. It’s about things and places, too. In much the same way that I try to capture a human subject’s personality in the way he or she changes with a smile, a frown or the lift of an eyebrow, I try to portray the changing face of a landscape as time passes. Fire Island is one of these places and its changes make Long Island beach portrait art a photographer’s dream.
The way the Fire Island landscape changes is reminiscent of the many interpretations about how it got its name. It is said that the name comes from the Dutch “vier” (four) or “vijf” (five) or from the fires native Americans built to lure ships aground. One thing is certain, though. The island has changed over the years and continues to change. This gives me, as a Long Island professional photographer, endless opportunities to record the changes in the landscape and its moods for unique Long Island beach portrait art.
Fire Island beach portrait art isn’t just about sand and water. It’s about a mood that makes Fire Island a favorite of best-selling authors, Oscar nominees and award-winning musicians. It’s about an aura that’s celebrated in novels, albums, sitcoms and documentaries. This is the same spirit that I try to capture in my Long Island beach portrait art. And, as the scenes change I’ll be there to capture the mood swings and the new faces of Long Island and its beaches.
Joanne Henig Photography is well known for its landscape photographs of Long Island. My work is part of private and corporate collections among which are those of the Vianna Hotel & Spa in Westbury, NY and the Francis S. Grabeski Airport in Westhampton, NY. I have been one of the selected photographers featured in a special exhibit highlighting the works of Long Island fine art photographers.