Dina Scoppettone’s photography is inspired by experience in wild nature, high fashion, high academia and diplomacy through art. It is founded on a family of master painters, award winning directors, musicians and writers.
“Photography became immediately interesting to me, in a rather obsessive way from about minute one, when I was introduced to the digital camera. It was the year 2000, and everything was perfect as a platform for diving into a new pool of possibilities in photography. I was hooked.”
Within five years Scoppettone amassed distinct collections of work from the Limahuli Jungle and North Shore on Kauai; London, Paris, Havana, the California coast, and Silicon Valley. She had been honored with awards from American Photo Magazine, The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz, The Santa Cruz Film Festival; as well as published internationally in print and online by the Hearst Corp., Nat Mags, Fairchild Media and Metro News, among others.
Wild jungle, fashion and portraits feature consistently within Scoppettone’s photo archive, currently topping one million images. Scoppettone’s style reflects the lighting choices that she explores through her Photoflex tools, which she has used from the very start.
Scoppettone moonlights as a professor of modern art history, and contemporary visual culture for Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California where her family and photo studio are based on their farm, once the playground of Grace Kelly and others who visited amidst the redwoods and rose gardens when it was Alfred Hitchcock’s hide-away in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The gallery featured here on Photoflex’s ProShowcase includes several pictures in which the photographer shoots the images from the position of the model. Scoppettone steps in as model when documenting wardrobe and lighting compositions.
“It’s become a way for me to relate with the model more authentically as well. When I find myself in the position of learning what looks beautiful based on how the light feels on my face, then I appreciate the tools of trade all the more, and see that there is a real chance of experiencing, if not actively conveying, beauty.”
Scoppettone’s collection of celebrity portraits is represented by Corbis.