Southport Memorial Library

Ronn Orenstein Artist of the Month

Posted:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:15am

Story Location:
1032 Hendricks Hill Road
Southport  Maine  04575
United States

Photographer Ronn Orenstein will be Artist of the Month in November and December at the Southport Memorial Library. A reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Orenstein, who resides in Damariscotta, will have his creative imagery on display in an exhibit entitled, “Escapes.”  

Beginning his career in New York City,  Orenstein's award winning studio work spans more than 30 years.  He has received numerous accolades from his peers for his commercial photography, including recognition by Art Direction Magazine and the Society of American Graphic Design.

His career began right out of college as a photo assistant in a high volume catalogue production facility. Learning on the fly, a formal photographic education was not in Ronn’s career path. After having his own studio, he spent 14 years as director of photography for the Hartz Mountain Corporation. This position was responsible for producing all imaging for packaging, marketing, point-of-purchase, catalog, and public relations.

He has written various articles for publications such as Photo District News and Studio Photographer Magazine. Orenstein has also taught the techniques of conventional and digital format photography at a variety of educational levels. 

In addition to present commercial assignments, Orenstein continues to find the pursuit of artistic photography challenging and therapeutic. Chasing the quality of natural light balances the control needed for studio setups.  He has moved more into photographic art over the past several years. He spends more time out of the studio, resulting in an increased appreciation for nature’s abundant beauty.

“Every time I shoot, it becomes another challenge. You are only as good as your last image,” Orenstein said. “I’m always searching for ways to improve. Whether that be through image capture or image processing. The camera is a tool but also an extension of  eye and mind, sometimes whispering a dare to find the right image amid the noise of everyday life.

The exhibit runs from October 28 through December 30 during library hours. Southport Memorial Library is located at 1032 Hendricks Hill Road.