Across the Table

Across the Table Series is inspired by my intense and personal empathy towards individuals and people that make up our community. My day rarely ends without sitting at a table conversing with a person, and more likely, a number of people. Aside of participating in engaging conversations, I am acutely aware of their body language—a symphony of visual cues that, at times, speaks louder than their words. My camera is deliberately placed on the table throughout each gathering. Periodically I pick it up, casually firing off dozens of photographs of what interests me from across the table. I encourage others at the table to play along and do the same, fire off photographs of what they see.

The results is created in the editing: With hundreds of photographs to pick from, the success is matching the right combination of two placed side by side. It is the same visual language used in movies during a conversation at a table. The sum total of the juxtaposition completes the narrative; recreating [my] impressions of the general emotions and tempo taking place during each gathering.



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With Dad – Book, Fall 2019

Davis Publications, Inc., WITH DAD, by Stephen DiRado, November 2019, A photographic journal that vividly articulates a son’s connections, captured through his camera, as his father succumbs to Alzheimer’s. Experience the love, dignity and profound intimacy shared between Stephen DiRado and his family over a chronological span of twenty years.

Retrospect: UNH, Art Museum Fall 2017

University of New Hampshire, Museum of Art, Durham, NH: Stephen DiRado’s Embrace, A retrospect 1983 through 2017. October 26, 2017 through December 15, 2017.