Sparky Campanella is a self-taught fine art photographer whose landscapes show a human presence in complement with the natural. Sparky’s interest in taking photographs began as a child, yet it was only in 2005 after a move to New York City that he poured all of his time and energy into photography as a second career. The five years Campanella spent in New York, building a portfolio and immersing himself into the city’s art community, exposed him to a range of influences that ultimately freed him to pursue his own vision. Currently living in Los Angeles, his images have an emotive intent and tend towards abstraction with a poetic, minimalist aesthetic and a formal mastery of color. Campanella’s work is characterized by attention to detail, from his precise compositional framing with a large-format film camera, to the matte, velvet-like paper on which he prints his photographs.
Campanella has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally, including SF Camerawork, San Francisco; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. He earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and a graduate degree from Stanford University, California.