TODD BISSONETTE PHOTOGRAPHY Offers a full range of photographic services with experience
in a variety of subjects including World Class Sports, News
and Special Events, Weddings and portraits, and Commercial Assignments.
PHILOSOPHY As a writer and news reporter, I've learned firsthand how
Todd thinks and works.
It began about five years ago when we -- both freelancing -- were
about the only two journalists to do such a thing in the local Adirondack
news market. We gravitated toward the same stories with the same kind
of curiosity and sense of adventure: he shooting, me writing. It became
readily clear that Todd is a great photographer. And we put our work
together. It's been that way ever since. Arriving at a scene or an
event now, we move about independently capturing the sense of place
and human endeavor that mark the moment. I don't even have to say
anything to Todd or he to me. We work in silence. But when we put
the images and words together, it's an instant fit. Having that kind
of confidence in somebody else's work does not happen often. I count
myself lucky. I have a very unique perspective, then, on Todd's work,
both as subject and colleague.
It's a line never blurred and yet ever evolving, kind of like the
dance of seasons. I felt like I knew as much as one could about another's
art form when I interviewed him for this web site. Hoping to catch
in words a sense of what people would see in what I see, I was surprised,
again, to know there's always more to know. There are no secrets in
Todd's work. But his raison d'etre is as clear as the look in his
Sunlight, he said, is his favorite light to shoot in. "It's the
light everybody sees," Todd said. "Everything we look at
has been lit by the sun; that's what we compare it to." Part
of the essence found in Todd's work comes from experience and continued
training in new technology and photographic technique. But part of
it is sheer instinct. I asked Todd where that comes from, and he laughed
a little, maybe incredulous because he knows I understand it. "I'm
there as a spectator not to choreograph or create something that's
not there," he said. "I focus and document the natural state
of the subject I'm there to capture." The right shots have a
feeling; he knows when he's got it. "You just see something and
hear the shutter and feel it. Wow, I caught that." The feeling
is one of fulfillment, of an artistic millisecond plucked from the
progression of time. When it happens, it spreads. "I know somebody
else is going to be able to look at that and feel how I felt,"
But connecting instinct to the event is another thing altogether.
"A tremendous amount of any success in photography has to do
with being in touch with the subject, involved, a witness, but also
part of it. I don't want people to look at me as the wedding photographer
guy or the guy with a camera in their face. I have to blend with the
subject, if its a news event or a sporting event or something else.
If I can't know how they're feeling, I can't portray it." As
is always a point in our conversations, I asked Todd where he thinks
this gift will take him in the future. "I don't know. It's an
adventure, you know? You're always developing skills and relationships,"
he said, "technically perhaps. I hope to bring this in new directions
to family celebrations, wedding events, any moment that marks a chapter
in a life. A lot of the ways we celebrate are so fleeting. Through
photography, we can keep them and share them with others; the record
remains. What a tremendous way this is to define life. It can bring
So, my best guess, is stay tuned and have fun with any time you get
to spend with Todd. You might learn something new, but you'll also
have something to remember.