inked... skin deep + anonymous nudes
OCTOBER 1, 2017 - OCTOBER 31, 2017
Ralph-Michael Giordano is a New Jersey native, but has called Colorado Springs his home for over 30 years.
Ralph is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production (1982).
He is the Owner/Operator of ArchAngel Productions, LLC and RMG Photography, LLC. Ralph writes, produces, and directs video productions ranging from commercials, training and marketing videos, to short independent films/videos. Recent short films include: “By The Way, Bob” (Co-Producer), “The Silence” (Writer, Co-Producer, Director), The Telly Award winning short, “Weighing the Days” (Producer/Director), “Ten Past Two” (Director of Photography), and “Dink” (Producer).
From 1992-1996 he was appointed by the Colorado Springs City Council to serve on the Colorado Springs Film Advisory Board.
He was a co-creator of the Pikes Peak Film Council, a non-profit organization whose mission was to produce The U.S. Environmental Film Festival where he served as Preside of their board of Directors (1989-1993).
He currently is the Executive Director of the Peak Film Forum, a non-profit (fiscally sponsored by the Independent Film Society of Colorado) public networking group for local writers, producers, directors, and actors to promote film/video production in Coorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The Forum sponsors local independent film screenings, “Show Us Your Shorts,” in conjunction with sister organization, The Indie Spirit Film Festival.
Ralph has worked closely with Bliss Productions for the BlissFest Film Festival, GalaxyFest Film Festival, and Best of BlissFest. He is currently Program Director for BlissFest333 Film Festival Colorado Short Circuit, and Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs.
inked... skin deep
I have always been fascinated by men and women who adorn their bodies with tattoos. It was never something I had ever considered doing myself. The pain involved with a needle penetrating sensitive areas over and over just doesn’t sound appealing. But to many, young and old alike, it is more than a trendy thing to do. It is a rite of passage for some. For others, it is recreating their bodies into objects of art. I enjoyed meeting with many new people who shared with me their personal stories regarding their body art. Each image tells a different tale from a special and significant point in their lives. I am looking forward to expanding this gallery with more personal stories that each individual is willing to share with the world.
As for me… I have finally decided that it is time to add artistic expression to my own body canvas. Not quite sure what it will be, but it will be part of my on-going story… marked forever in Ink – Skin Deep.
As a portrait photographer, I have been photographing both men and women over the years, thus meeting some incredible people. Then one day I decided to simply ask… would you consider allowing me to photograph you nude? Not everyone jumped at the idea, as you might expect. So many people have body issues that are very deep rooted. However, I only saw the beauty… in ALL body types. When I proposed we shoot in a more suggestive way, and keep identities a mystery, more people became intrigued by the idea. The gallery you see is only a small part of a larger multi-part exhibition that is still growing and taking form.