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BSG Featured in SHUTTERBUG Magazine

SHUTTERBUG Magazine has long been a trusted resource for everything photographic, in print and on-line This month’s print magazine cover (October issue) features a portrait by renowned photographer Steve McCurry which he shot on the last roll of Kodachrome film ever manufactured. Inside the magazine, there is a monthly column featuring select photography web site profiles. This issue’s article entitled: “Exploring Global Villages: Inspiring Images and Image-Makers” features my site Written by Joe Farace who is a widely published Colorado-based photographer and author of more than 30 books and 1900+ magazine stories, I have taken the liberty of re-printing it verbatim here:

“Barry Steven Greff’s photography is showcased in an elegantly designed website from Foliolink ( The site appears one way on my desktop computer and another, better I think, incarnation on my iPad, where captions and other
information appear as well. Images are arranged in four portfolios and Atmosphere displays images representing the majesty of nature, especially his monochrome image of Niagara Falls photographed like you’ve never seen it before. It’s a quiet allegory of the power of nature vs. the insignificance of humankind. It’s one of his few images that have people and here they are infinitesimal in size compared to the roar – you can almost hear it while looking at the photograph – of the falls.

Most of these images are in powerful black and white but when Greff uses color, it’s to make a point. The Classics portfolio may contain some of his classics but never fails to dazzle with understated yet inherently graceful attempts at depicting nature. Unlike the previous portfolios, Spirit & Light contains a few urban images made in New York City and, while wildly incongruous next to his nature images, are appealing in a completely different way. His image made through a car window could have easily been a still image from the film Taxi Driver, with all the connotations that come along with it. In Of the Wild, Greff has created portraits of all kinds of animals from eagles to peacocks to gorillas. This represents an entirely different body of work, separate from his landscapes, that nevertheless shows how a talented photographer confronted by a
different genre rises to the occasion. He’s created insightful works of great authority and style. “

Monumental Vision.

                                          American Dream, Washington DC, 2005

On a brief visit to Washington, DC we rushed through as many monuments, museums and memorials as possible. Epic reminders of the nation’s history are apparent around every corner. Staring up at the stoically seated Abraham Lincoln, or across the Mall to the Washington Monument, you can feel the greatness upon which this country was built.

Having run out of time to see anything else, we headed across the Potomac River on our way out of town. Not knowing when I might visit this historic place again, I glanced over my shoulder for one last look. It was then that I saw the statue of Thomas Jefferson, from behind and between the impressive marble columns of his memorial, standing sentinel over the nation’s capital.

Capturing this scene, I could only imagine the monumental vision he, and so many more that are remembered here, had, in creating the…American Dream. Happy Birthday America. July 4, 2011.

Categories: Cityscapes, Landscapes

Reversal of Misfortune.

                                    Touch the Sky, 30 Rock, New York City, NY 2009

Here is one more image from my series: Cityscapes. When fog fell on Manhattan one night, I had envisioned capturing some great images from atop 30 Rockefeller Center, the home of NBC and the comedy TV show 30 Rock. After enthusiastically arriving at the ticket desk to purchase entry to the Top of the Rock, 70 stories up, the sales person advised us that there was zero visibility up there and although they would sell us tickets, they would not return the money once we confirmed that we could not see anything past our noses. Taking their advice, we disappointedly exited the building toward Rockefeller Center.

Once outside, I looked up and confirmed that the top floors had vanished into the fog. Notwithstanding this fact, and to my absolute delight, the building looked spectacular bathed in light as it disappeared into the sky. Now, I have photographed this iconic edifice under various conditions, through Christmas lights, in snow, and simply by itself on a clear night. But this night, illuminated and ascending into the fog, it was magical.

Although I created great images that evening of the building standing alone in the fog, it was only when I scouted the location to find a suitable foreground subject that serendipity occurred. Finding a bare tree across the street to silhouette against the building created the perfect (photographic) storm.

This image has appeared in Black & White Magazine, in a Fine Art Gallery Exhibition and a custom commissioned print hangs in a spectacular New York City apartment overlooking the skyline of which it is such an iconic part. The moral of the story is, when things are looking bleak, keep your head up, you never know what you’ll find. In this case, for me, it was clearly a reversal of misfortune.

Categories: Black & White, Cityscapes

Switching gears.

                        Cab Ride in the Rain, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY 2009 

If you have been following this Blog, you can tell that nature is at the heart of my imagery. As much as I yearn for the spiritual embrace of the wilderness, in order to show my work it is necessary to make the occasional expedition into the concrete jungle. Don’t get me wrong, we have some great cities in this country, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco (etc.) to name just a few. But for me, when the waves are crashing against the rocks, or the mist is moving across a lake, that is where I am at peace.

Nevertheless, even while visiting the city, I do not feel complete without a camera in my hand. I inevitably photograph the cities I visit, always looking for a natural element to contrast to the manufactured. As a result, I created my Series entitled: Cityscapes. For this series I sought to photograph iconic locations in New York City, as they were touched by Mother Nature. In this particular image, my vision was Radio City Music Hall seen through a Taxi Cab window in the rain. In the resulting capture, the lights of the running taxi meter remind me of how many times I instructed the driver to circle around the block until I got what I was looking for. Lucky for me, New York City cab drivers don’t turn on their windshield wipers unless there is a Monsoon.

In 2010, a black & white rendition of this image was chosen for Gallery Exhibition by Joyce Tenneson (, who is considered one of the most prolific photographers of our time. Her well known generosity of spirit and ability to capture the soul of her subjects, has long served as an inspiration to me.

Categories: Cityscapes, Lifestyles
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