He is currently a Hunter College student majoring in photography and creative writing, but always knew that capturing life with a camera was his heart and soul in the art world. Zinonos is self-taught and takes that to heart, believing that true talent cannot be taught in art schools like people would have you believe.
“To me art is personal, not a bragging right like I’ve seen so many people claim before, especially when I was looking for a college to attend,” said Zinonos.
He began capturing images with a standard point-and-shoot camera, the kind you can buy at any electronics store, and slowly began to understand the relationship between the camera and his visions.
That was during his high school years, and he saved his money to purchase a nicer camera to better capture his passion. The camera was an SLR, or single lens reflex, which allows the photographer to see exactly what the picture will look like before taking the photo.
Now he has started to shoot digitally after working through many different lenses and cameras, trying to find himself in the world of still imagery. He finds digital imagery a great tool because it gives him more control over what he captures.
“Digital has a cooler, smoother feel. There is fluidity that I like about it,” he said.
He’s currently working on his professional portfolio as well as a themes-oriented side project that will be unveiled on Friday, August 13. His goal is to reinvigorate the photography world with his unique sense of place in the art world. You can view his work and see his side project at www.johnzinonos.com.