Internationally published and highly collected, Dwight Hiscano has been creating images of the natural landscape for nearly thirty years. Having spent much of his childhood exploring the rugged hills near his family’s home in the New Jersey Highlands, Dwight’s love for the outdoors has led to a passionate effort to capture the North American wilderness on film while bringing new perspectives to the art of landscape photography.

    An avid outdoorsman and trustee for the NJ chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Dwight Hiscano considers landscape photography a valuable tool with which to promote conservation. He has spent countless hours volunteering his skills for conservation organizations, and often donates his images toward efforts to preserve the scenes depicted in his New Jersey photographs. His book, New Jersey, the Natural State, a full color coffee table style book published by Rutgers University Press featuring over 100 full color photographs, depicts some of the more natural settings of a heavily urbanized, yet still surprisingly beautiful state. This project also focuses attention on the urgent need to preserve what remains of New Jersey’s landscape for future generations.

Dwight’s photographs are held in numerous corporate collections, including those at AT&T, Atlanticare, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Merrill Lynch, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Oppenheimer, and Pfizer. Photographs are also held in the collections of former New Jersey Governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman, former acting governor Donald DiFranscesco, and Congressman Jim Saxton, as well as in private collections throughout the United States. One of Dwight’s images received “Highly Honored” in the Art in Nature category of the annual Nature's Best International Photography Awards competition, and was chosen for an exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Dwight Hiscano's photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Outdoor Photographer, Photographic Magazine, Nature’s Best, and Nature Conservancy Magazine, and have been featured promiently on websites, in books, posters, calendars, note cards, and annual reports both here and abroad. His work has been featured in solo exhibits at the Noyes Museum of Art, and the Liberty Science Center, and in many group and solo shows throughout the New York area. He has also led numerous photography workshops, lectures and presentations, and was the featured speaker at the Garden Club of America’s Annual Horticultural Conference.

Dwight’s photographs are created using 6x7 and 645 film cameras, and, more recently, a 24 megapixel digital SLR. His colorful, highly detailed images are printed using only archival quality materials. They range in size from 11X14 to 40x50 inches unframed. Each photograph is limited to an edition of no more than 50 prints. Images from throughout North America are available. For more information, please contact Dwight Hiscano at 908-273-5666, or by email at dhiscano@aol.com.


Information about NJ, The Natural State can be found here, or here.




Artist’s Statement


Being a landscape photographer in New Jersey comes with it's challenges, not the least of which is the constant battle with New Jersey's less than pristine reputation. We have our crowded suburbs, our urban centers, and our industry. And we have our share of tasteless people who seem bent on perpetuating that reputation on cable TV. But there's another New Jersey that we natives know and love, and that is all too often ignored: the Kittitinny Ridge and the Great Limestone Valley, the New Jersey Highlands, the Delaware River and Delaware Bay, our million acre Pinelands National Reserve, all that beautiful farmland, and, of course, our coastline: the Real New Jersey. It is this NJ that has led to my love of the outdoors. And it is this NJ that I set out to capture on film back in the 1980's after graduating from college. I made it my mission to photograph our state's natural landscapes and to give them the dignity they deserve, a sort of "in your face" response to all the insults and late night one-liners (What exit? Exit 14, dammit, Jockey Hollow and the Great Swamp!).


I began my mission with one purpose in mind: to create photographs of New Jersey's landscapes the way the great photographers of the west might if they lived here. But as I photographed, and as I explored, I developed a style and an approach all my own, and my mission expanded to not only photograph New Jersey's natural landscapes, but to attempt to visit and to photograph as many national parks and wilderness areas in North America as possible.


Whether making photographs of New Jersey, nature scenes of New England or the national parks of the West, I approach the subjects as I would any natural area, rendering a carefully composed image, avoiding distractions, and often shooting during dramatic weather or seasonal changes. As with all of my work, an attempt has been made to reflect the balance and perfection with which Nature was designed. While many photographers tend to avoid balance and symmetry in their work, and strive instead to include compositional elements that illicit a feeling of "tension" from the viewer, I find that great works of art often utilize balanced composition to succeed. Likewise, in an effort to create a more soothing image, most of the elements in my photographs, whether twigs, leaves, or entire mountain ranges, have a balancing compositional element elsewhere within the frame, even if that element is negative space. It is my belief that this approach gives rise to a more successful image, and the images created are more likely to reflect the greater symmetry inherent in all things, from the lowliest atom to the Universe itself. People seeking tension in their lives might consider watching the evening news, or driving the Turnpike at rush hour. They will not find it here.


We must, obviously, give credit to the subjects depicted; it’s hard to make Nature look bad. It’s heartbreaking, however, that so many people have lost touch with the outdoors, and would rather go to the mall on a beautiful day than be outside. These people vote and that scares me. Many cultures, ours included, have historically adhered to the misguided belief that the natural world is a hostile place: a realm of extreme chaos and savagery. Sadly, even today many of us continue to regard the natural landscape as something to be subdued, conquered, commodified, or avoided altogether. Caught up as we are in the confines of our man-made world, we tend to forget the appeal of Mother Nature, its soul-soothing beauty, the genius of its design.


Considering that we humans have spent most of the last three or four million years running around half naked among the spectacular landscapes of Planet Earth, it is quite possible that we are more equipped, both physically and emotionally, for natural settings and wilderness than we are for the man-made environment. And we are probably more in need of the outdoors than we realize. Why else would the great paintings of the Hudson River School, or the poetic imagery of an Ansel Adams photograph be so appealing to us? Certainly colors, tonal variations, composition and technique all play a role in the appeal of a great work of art. But I believe the allure of the natural landscape, whether depicted in a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, or experienced in real life, stems from a deep connection between us and the world in which we were created.


I am hopeful that these photographs of nature will reconnect viewers to the subject portrayed. Through balanced, harmonious arrangement of visual elements, these images humbly attempt to reflect and depict the perfection with which the Earth was created. For me, they serve as a form of worship: a tribute to Whomever or Whatever created this wonderful planet, and an appeal to those who would harm it.


Just for fun, I've also included on this site photographs of New York City architecture, photos of Santa Fe, and a few rather bizarre images of LED lights reflected in the Delaware River at night. Perhaps more intriguing to some, these images result from a similar approach as my landscape photography-the pursuit of a clean, balanced composition. The subjects are more convenient, more accessible, closer to home than Alaska or the canyons of Utah, and, because of their own inherent beauty, hard to resist. I hope all who visit this site enjoy them as much as I do.


 

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