James Griffin: Photography

James Griffin


B.S., June 2010

James Griffin started college as a Film Production major at Brooklyn College.  This, however, was not his chief interest, but CUNY offers no Bachelor’s degree in his passion, photography.  When he heard about CUNY Baccalaureate, he said he was “re-inspired to follow my dream of obtaining a degree in something I truly love to do,” and he applied right away.

About photography, he says “Ever since my first Still Photography course at Brooklyn College, I have been addicted to communicating my visual ideas through photographs. Personally, I favor the process of working in the darkroom and building something that begins with the ordinary or the obvious into something that is truly my own creation. I have a preference for shooting landscapes, nature studies and portraiture. Most recently I have experimented with color toning and direct hand painting to enliven these photos. My intention is to incorporate the use of different techniques that give my black and white photographs a distinctive surface.”

Under the mentorship of Prof. Georgeen Comerford, Art, Brooklyn College, Griffin took his courses at Brooklyn, City and Queens Colleges.  He included a study abroad trip to Florence, Italy (through Queens College) which focused on digital photography; the course was taught by faculty from the Florence University of the Arts. He recently started up his own photography website called SHUTTEREUPHORIA.COM.