Francine B. Livaditis is a fine art photographer who has lived in Northern Virginia for over 40 years. Livaditis earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hood College, Frederick, MD and did advanced study in Economics at George Washington University, Washington, DC. For more than 10 years, she worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. As a new mother, Livaditis turned to photography. She received photographic training at Governors State University, University Park, IL; Calumet Workshop, Salisbury, MD; Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria and Loudoun, VA campuses; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Bonnie Moran Studio, Arlington, VA. When the Torpedo Factory Art Center juried in Livaditis in 1991, she gained membership in the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association. She became a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA in 1998. After closing her studio in 2018, Livaditis rejoined Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA.
Livaditis' background in mathematics affects the way that she photographs. She subsets the scene, capturing little pieces of big places or things. Rarely altering the composition after clicking the shutter, she crops in the viewfinder. Her Leica digital camera, which has an integrated zoom lens, is almost exclusively used in the 300-420mm range. When photographing, Livaditis looks for a juxtaposition of elements. The interplay of the various hues, intensities and textures brings interest. She cleans up the raw digital files in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Occasionally she gets carried away during the development and editing process, but usually what you see is what she saw.
Francine B. Livaditis is a fine-art photographer whose eye is drawn to architectural subjects. The long zoom lens on her digital camera allows her to clarify a chaotic visual scene into a quieter composition that emphasizes color, line and form. She exposes the beauty that hides in plain sight.
Specializing in abstract architectural images for corporate and residential clients, Livaditis photographs on The Strip and, with permission, at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, NV. Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA is another favorite subject. Livaditis also has captured architectural and industrial details in grand Washington, DC area buildings such as the National Building Museum, Reagan National Airport, the Franciscan Monastery and the Center for Innovative Technology.
Her work is held by Raich, Ende & Malter Company, Melville, NY; United Technologies Corporation, Washington, DC; Hyatt Hotels Corporation: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA; the Washington Convention Tourism Corporation, Washington, DC; the State of Florida; McGraw Hill, New York, NY; TK Properties, Alexandria, VA; CableReps, Fairfax, VA; Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath, Washington, DC; the National Building Museum, Washington, DC; the Franciscan Monastery, Washington, DC; and private collectors worldwide. Livaditis has done commissions for local municipalities and the Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA. For many years, she has juried area photography competitions and mentored Alexandria high school students.
Five of Livaditis' black and white photographs were used as set design in the Hallmark film, Cupid & Cate.
Four of Livaditis’ photographs of flowers, captured at the Alexandria Saturday Farmers Market, are included in the City of Alexandria, VA, Community Supported Arts 2016 portfolio.
"Livaditis consistently displays that sublime skill (which superficially looks so easy, but in reality is incomprehensibly hard) to make everyday scenes look new and different." F. Lennox Campello, Artist, Art Dealer, Art Critic and Consultant.
"Francine’s work is so different from the norm; so unusual; so very spectacular. Using her long zoom lens to capture the wonderful colors, lines and forms of her architectural subject matter, Livaditis has honed-in on a specialized artistic technique that sets her apart from the rest. Her abstract architectural images are a delight to look at and are perfect from home or office settings." DiscoveredArtists.com.
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