About Me - Moreno Tagliapietra

About Me

I was born in Pirano, a small fisherman town just South of Trieste, an Italian port at the top of the Adriatic Sea. When I was five, we moved to Trieste where I grew up. The region is rich in history and is surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. Within a two-hour drive from the town's public beaches are thousands of limestone caves (some world-famous), 9,000 foot Eastern Alps peaks, Venice, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. It is an area of exceptional botanical and zoological diversity also with rare plant species brought over from the Himalayas by high elevation winds. It's a fossil-collecting heaven too.

Like many of the local young people, I spent a lot of my free time practicing many Summer and Winter outdoor sports from skin diving to caving, hiking, rock climbing and all kind of skiing. Since my early teen-age years, photography was a fun companion and a natural complement to my adventures.

Through time, I experimented with a number of subjects including Nature, classic architecture, travel, portrait and performing arts. I used a variety of 2 1/4" and 35mm film gear and built my own darkroom where I pulled b&w and Cibachrome color prints. In 1980, I acquired my Italian license as a freelance photographer.

In 1985, I moved to New York and married my soul mate and "accomplice in arts". For years, we pursued outdoor photography together with 4x5", 2 1/4" and 35mm film cameras, then she went back to her silk and watercolor paintings. Our traveling did not stop as she loves hiking and painting plein air. In 2004, I switched completely to digital photography with APS-C and M43 equipment. Together and by myself, we had a number of gallery shows, participated in most of the leading art festivals in the NE, were published on three continents and collected our share of awards.

Today, I shoot and sell, part-time, fine art photography with Olympus and Panasonic M43 gear. I process my captures with state-of-the-art software and do my own printing with Epson large format printers mostly on watercolor paper and canvas. I occasionally restore old and damaged pictures and reproduce artwork in my home little studio which I built especially for my indoor fine art studies.

My main career has been in military and industrial electronics as a test and quality engineer, manager and consultant. In 2007, I moved into the building energy conservation industry. I am currently teaching building operations, maintenance and energy management for the City University of NY.