A native son of Sicily, Charley Fazio began his artistic journey as a painter. He describes his early work as consisting of “almost metaphysically lonely elements in open spaces filled with color.” Fazio’s eventual career as a geologist left him little time to paint, but the spectacular vistas of the natural world spoke deeply to him, and Fazio began photographing the volcanoes, islands, and sea that surrounded him. At first, he sought out the same isolated scenes he’d painted in the past, but in due course Fazio found himself moving to the theatre, to the streets, and to people. He eventually replaced melancholy with vibrancy, and his world was changed.
Fazio believes that the intrinsic value of photography is in its ability to make the viewer and the artist one. The gift of photography is the gift of vision: for a moment, the viewer is able to see through the artist’s eyes. This realization, for Fazio, was an illumination. “My life path has taken an exponential leap thanks to the light of my photographs,” he says. “I will die with my camera in my hands.”