"Other versions and phases of my life, prior to the present one, have consisted of (among other things) teaching English in Russia, teaching photography and writing in Singapore, teaching photography in Michigan, living and working in Ireland, writing and photographing and studying in Ohio, backpacking extensively in Europe and Asia, hanging out with Buddhist monks in Burma, drinking yak butter tea in Tibet, jamming the film advance mechanism of my camera while trying to photograph during a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert, living in multiple cold and corn-filled midwestern states, making and exhibiting art in the US and internationally, and various other adventures which I'll get around writing book about one of these days."
(Exceptional photographer and friend)
"I have been creating photographic images in my Cleveland-area studio since 1985. My tour de force is studio photography, and my images celebrate the visual elements that are part of the creative whole. Whether shooting a paint can, fitting or object d arte, I believe that simple is always better. And with my 25 years of experience, I create images that elevate the everyday to fine art.
I approach every assignment with a fresh eye, evaluating every subject and adapting my approach for every shoot. From a single aerosol can to 20 components for a carburetor, I try to deftly and artistically create the shots. From the moment I look through the camera’s viewfinder and frame the subject, I intuitively know the shot that I need to take.
To feed my love of art, I also photograph many different kinds of art work. These images are used for jury purposes, how-to books, coffee table books or postcards. The mediums range from 2D watercolors to jewelry to quilts or ceramics."
(I hired Dina last year to document some of my artwork. The best photos of my fiberartwork on this site were taken by her.)
"Originally from New York City, Deborah Orloff moved to Ohio in 1994 to accept a teaching position at the University of Toledo. She is currently a tenured Professor of Art and runs the Photography area within New Media in the Department of Art. She received her MFA in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University and her BFA from Clark University. Although her primary medium is photography, she has also worked in video and installation. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues which include: the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Toyohashi City Museum of Art & History in Japan, the Arts Center Gallery at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia, and the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been the recipient of dozens of grants and awards and regularly gives public lectures about her photo-based art."