E d S i a r k o w i c z
The work of Ed Siarkowicz (Shar-ko-vitch) is on display in the offices of former President George W. Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis, Florida Senator Travis Hutson, and in The Flagler Beach Historical Museum.
Mentored by Pierre Henri Matisse, grandson of French Master Painter 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 The Scud Buster Diaries, 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 Northeast Florida. Within this gap is all of Flagler County. There's zero visibility from the ground to 5,000 feet in the northern half of the county and to 10,000 feet in the county's southern half. The Scud Buster Diaries can be found on Facebook and they are presently filming for a half-hour science based storm chasing series on Flagler County Television.
In 2014 Ed was elected President of The Flagler Beach Photography Club. With close to 700 Facebook members and 50+ people attending monthly meetings, he was able to give back to the profession and art that he has come to love so much. After a 2 year run with the club, Ed has taken his teaching skills to the public. Teaming up with award winning photographer and artist Lisa Fisher, courses in DSLR and Android/iPhone photography are being offered at Marineland Dolphin Adventures and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.
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