Through his fine art landscape photography, Jorge Blanco wants to bring nature’s wonders to life.
“Nature constantly inspires me. My main focus is to depict nature and its surroundings in my photography,” says Blanco, a self-taught photographer whose artistic passion began two decades ago. “I enjoy featuring details that many times are seen but overlooked. I want to bring out what often hides in the shadows.”
Blanco’s unique process begins simply with his specific artistic vision.
His recent work of manatees in Three Sisters Springs began with 50 pictures taken by a drone. From those he created an 80-inch by 40-inch aerial photograph with a lovely watercolor quality to it. The soft blue of the springs is subtly accented by the surrounding fall foliage and congregating gray manatees.
“I struggle with doing nature’s magnificence justice, conveying the emotional connection to what I see,” says Blanco, who since 2011 has been based at Gallery Works, his art studio/showroom in the Crystal River Mall. “I find that the larger photographs, as close to true scale as possible, have more of an impact. My goal is to bring a still image to life with a three-dimensional quality that draws people right in.”
Case in point is a commissioned 45-foot mural that covers the balcony wall of Village Toyota in Homosassa. Depicting iconic scenes of Florida’s Nature Coast, the vibrant panoramic piece makes you want to step into it and sit right next to the egret. Blanco has also donated pieces to area nonprofits including Jessie’s Place Children’s Advocacy Center.
A computer programmer for 30 years, Blanco likes to problem solve and sees his art as ever-evolving.
“There are so many photographic techniques to use that can make such a subtle difference,” he says. “I love to experiment. You never know what aspect of nature’s beauty might reveal itself in the next photograph.”
Learn more › Gallery Works › 1801 US 19, Crystal River › (352) 201-6972 › Find Jorge Blanco Photography on Facebook