Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gallery at Laurel - Photographers Joseph Mancino and Marlene Leffson

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Gallery Opening for Photographers Joseph Mancino and Marlene Leffson
Penn Camera Laurel
Friday, October 15th
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Joseph "Joe" Mancino was born in New York City July 16, 1954. While growing up on Long Island, Joe became an avid Yankees and Giants,collecting baseball and football cards of all his heroes. This is where Joe developed his love for sports photography. Joe's interest is not limited to sports, as he has always loved wildlife. This love of animals led Joe to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Joe received a B.S in biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, then attended veterinary school at the University of Parma in Parma,Italy. Upon his return from Italy, Joe completed is training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1999, Joe became the sideline photographer for the publication "Inside Football for the Informed Giants Fan", covering the New York Giants. This continued through the 2004 season. In 2005, he began working for "Inside Action Sports" located in New Jersey, covering the New York Jets. Along the way, Joe has done some free lance work for Wire Image and Prolook which lead to some of his images being used in Sports Illustrated and for Upper Deck football cards. He also did some free lance work for the now defunct Baltimore Examiner.

Wherever he goes, Joe always makes sure his cameras are by his side.

Marlene Leffson became interested in photography in the early 1970’s as a hobby but put it aside for many years to raise five daughters and pursue a career as a Labor & Delivery nurse. Her own children’s interest in photography helped rekindle her passion for the art form, sparking a pursuit on a serious level. Her subject matter spans a wide range including wildlife, nature, sporting events, weddings, maternity and newborn photography. She has said, “My experience as a mother and as a Labor & Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care nurse has been invaluable working with expectant couples, newborns and children.” She and her daughter work as a team to create maternity and newborn portraits. As for her love of wildlife, “I was raised on a farm and animals have always been a big part of my life. My favorite wildlife subjects are the Big Cats. I am in such awe of their immense power and grace.” Being a Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles fan, she carries her camera with her to every game she attends. Her photography appears on the Schmap Las Vegas, 6th Edition, Flamingo Hilton Hotel Wildlife Habitat website, and the Smithsonian National Zoo’s FONZ website. She has had her photography featured in the monthly magazine, "All Animals," Assateague Island Wild Ponies in Maryland (July 2009), published by the Humane Society of the United States, and photographs of the Washington Redskins (November 2008) and the Baltimore Orioles (January 2009) were published on NowPublic. She uses a Canon 7D, a Canon XTi and multiple Canon lenses to create her photographs. You can see more of her work on Facebook: Leffson Photography, and online at www.flickr.com/photos/thrumarleneseyes/ or www.flickriver.com/photos/thrumarleneseyes/.