E d S i a r k o w i c z
The work of Ed Siarkowicz (Shar-ko-veetch) is on display in the offices of former President George W. Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Congressman Michael Waltz, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Florida Senator Travis Hutson. It's on permanent display in the Flagler Beach Historical Museum, and for sale at Ocean Art Gallery in Ormond Beach.
Mentored by Pierre Henri Matisse, grandson of French master Henri Matisse, and 40 year veteran Manhattan photographer John Olivo, Ed grew up in the Hamlet of Bayport, a small seaside community on the South Shore of New York’s Long Island. With nearby Fire Island National Seashore his playground, he established an early relationship with the outdoors and wildlife. His love for photography began when he was nine years old after winning a Kodamatic Instant Camera for top product sales in Cub Scouts.
At 15 he joined an age-old tradition by becoming a Bayman after obtaining his Commercial Clamming License. Too young to drive a car, he was dropped off at his boat before dawn. In the afternoon, after selling his day’s catch to the local wholesaler, he would pilot his craft, with camera in hand, to explore local rivers, estuaries, marshlands, and pine barrens. It was his love and appreciation of nature that would set the stage in 2012 for his being the photographer for the State of Florida's "Rising Sea Level in the Matanzas Basin" study, and in 2014, as a photographer for both the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Flagler County Tourist Development Council.
His photographic vision broadened in 1988 when he traveled cross-country to Central Montana working as a research assistant to Paleoicthyologist Dr. Richard Lund. Montana’s “Big Sky” landscape and its rugged people captivated his heart. His photographic appreciation of the west deepened two years later on a second cross-country trip to northern California. The southern route through the panhandle of Texas, the Four Corners area of Arizona and New Mexico, and California’s scenic coastline quickly became personal favorites.
Ed has a passion for capturing drama - fierce weather, stunning skies, and people weathered by time and life. Early in 2015 he formed Northeast Florida Severe Weather Reporters, a severe weather chase group with two other storm chasing professional photographers. Endorsed by the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, and the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center, the group's goal is to document the formation and impact of severe weather on Flagler County and its surrounding areas - bringing education and information to residents. There's a gap in radar coverage over Flagler County with a blind spot up to 10,000 feet in the county's southern half. Storm chase images can be found on the group's Facebook page and YouTube channel. For over a year they produced a storm chasing T.V. series on Flagler County Television called, The Scud Buster Diaries.
Ed is the past president of the Flagler Beach Photography Club and Toastmasters International Clubs in St. Augustine and Palm Coast. He has taught photography courses at Marineland of Florida and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. In 2019 his photographic eye shifted to history education and preservation. Currently serving as President of the Flagler County Historical Society, he also sits on the Regional Council 3 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and on the Board of Directors for the Flagler Beach Historical Museum, Heritage Crossroads, and Kings Road Historic District, and is the Project Developer for Hewitt's 1770 Sawmill and Dam at the Florida Agricultural Museum.
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