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Gerrie Paino

A Matter of Perspective

a photo of daffodils taken from an extremely low perspective, with a leafless tree, blue sky and a rainbow behind

Waiting for Mama

a tiny fawn lies curled up in the grass, looking at the camera

Eclectic…it’s a word that easily fits my photographic aesthetic; however, more often than not, I find the lens of my camera, my attention, and my thoughts, focused on elements of the natural world.

The glories of perspective in a ground-up look at the sky from an insect’s point of view; the exuberance of an injured duck, unable to fly, yet flapping her wings in what can only be seen as a show of joy; the perfect trust and total innocence of a fawn encountering a human, almost certainly for the first time; nature overtaking the deteriorating work of human hands; the lines between the human and the natural worlds blurred as wood is seemingly transmogrified to flesh — or is it flesh being turned to wood?

It is difficult to attempt to speak for that which cannot speak — at least in the language of humankind — and it seems almost presumptuous to feel my photographs are capable of serving as interpreter. Nonetheless, I hope my work is able to transmit, in whatever limited form it is able, some of the emotion, majesty, and mystery of the lifeforms with whom we share the earth.


Gerrie Paino’s creative spirit has led her to various forms of artistic expression throughout her life, including a passion for photography. She relishes exploring the world around her and sharing what captivates her spirit with others. Photography has heightened her senses, teaching her to look more closely and engage more deeply with her subjects. She delights in inviting others to see the world through her eyes. Her work has appeared in Chestnut Review, Meditation Magazine, I-70 Review, and San Pedro River Review and is upcoming in Siren’s Call and Beyond Words Literary Magazine.

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