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On Display June 2023 – Garden State Visions: Photographs by Cynthia Zapanta

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On Display June 2023 – Garden State Visions: Photographs by Cynthia Zapanta

This June the Livingston Public Library is featuring the works of photographer Cynthia Zapanta in its display case.

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Cynthia Zapanta, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is currently based in Essex County, NJ. She attended Hunter College in Manhattan and later received her Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Certification in New Jersey.

More than a decade after retiring as a vocational counselor at a runaway and homeless shelter for teenagers in New York, Cynthia developed a strong interest in iPhoneography. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of local parks and the Jersey Shore, she embarked on an experimental artistic journey using various photo editing apps to produce images that often take on a dreamlike, painterly quality. 

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Artist’s Statement

“Nature is a recurring theme that runs throughout my work.  I enjoy documenting the natural wonders of New Jersey’s parks and gardens with my iPhone. 

For me, taking a photo is only the beginning of the artistic process.  My images undergo extensive edits, all of which are performed on my phone.  What might have started as a straightforward photo of swans on a lake is transformed through digital manipulation into something so abstract or surreal that I myself am often surprised by the final results. It’s this opportunity of unlimited experimentation and discovery with a variety of apps that draws me to mobile photography.”

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Deconstructing and reconstructing her subjects from local flora and fauna, as well as people and landmark streets in Montclair, Cynthia’s photographs in the current exhibit span 2017 to the present. They include the Boathouse in Verona Park, Nutley’s meandering Third River in Kingsland Park, Montclair State University’s Russ Hall and the Jed Leshowitz Concert Hall, Montclair’s hidden gem Avis Campbell Gardens, and the Asbury Park Boardwalk and surrounding shoreline. 

Her work has been exhibited at the Arts Council of Livingston, and SMI’s Leach Gallery in Montclair. You can find her photos on her Instagram profile: @Brooklyn1030

Cynthia’s photographic visions can be enjoyed till the end of June during Library hours.

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Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

One Response

  1. You MUST visit the Livingston Library’s current art display!
    As I walked into the Library yesterday, my eyes were immediately drawn to the gorgeous artwork in the left display case.
    I was captivated by the beauty of the photos which Cynthia Zapanta had digitally transformed, making them appear to look like paintings.
    Please don’t miss seeing these beautiful unique pieces in person, currently on display until the end of June.
    Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing!

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