“It is now 10 years since he’s been gone. Only recently am I able to speak about him, not with words, but through these photographs”.
My Dad, my best friend, became a World War II Pacific Campaign hero at the age of 19. He was amazingly fortunate to return home at all. He then began a new life with our Mom, had a family, returned to school, and became a master carpenter.
Remarkably humble, a shared characteristic of ‘America’s Greatest Generation’. Through our Dad we came to recognize the faces of courage, compassion, and kindness. Lesson’s around the dinner table had little to do with eating and lots to do with honesty and respect.
Just as He Left It is a series of photographs that connect us to our past and to ourselves. They are crafted to express the honor and dignity of Joseph L. Attardo by capturing moments, settings and the personal objects that define who he was and how he lived. These personal objects are just as he left them.
Tony Attardo is a photographer based in Hudson, NH. He is passionate about using his camera to reflect the lives of ordinary people as they engage in everyday activities.
Growing up in a city neighborhood where large families of multiple ethnicities were the norm –shaped his photographic vision and became his first photographic subject matter. Attardo’s images are crafted to express the honor and dignity of those he photographs by capturing moments, settings and objects that define who they are and how they live.
Attardo continues storytelling from a personal perspective through his current work by creating images that pay tribute to the skill, creativity, and profession of those who work with their hands. His work is aimed at changing the narrative about a subject.
He has studied at the New England School of Photography, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Attardo has explored diverse projects from NASCAR auto racing to the cityscapes of Boston and New York, to the street photography of the ‘Corner Store’ and recently a local bicycle non-profit.
“Do not wait until conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes conditions perfect.”
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