At the end of October, 2018, my wife, Jayne, and I visited the Hobbiton movie set situated on a family run farm near Matamata, in Waikato, New Zealand. As a fan of Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films, I wanted to visit as many of the filming locations as time permitted. Hobbiton was an example. Come with me to explore a glimpse into the fantasy world of the Hobbits in Middle Earth!
What is it about forgotten places (especially ones with vintage vehicles!), that some people find irresistible? For me, it is the sense of history one gets while walking amongst structures shrouded in the mystery and moodiness of how time has reclaimed these abandoned artifacts leaving behind only its silent monuments.
The Making Of Made In The USA
The making of this series.
What People Are Saying About Jerry’s Art…
Brooks JensenLensWork Magazine Editor/Photographer / LensWork Magazine
When we review submissions here, we either know we want to publish something, or we know we don’t want to publish something. And every once in a while we look at a body of work and just go “wow!” This is fabulous. That was the case with yours. We instantly knew we wanted to publish it…We are also delighted to include one of your images on the cover.
John Paul CaponigroInternationally Renowned Visual Artist / Caponigro Arts
I remember the day when Jerry Grasso lit up. He understood that not only could he become more creative but he was already much more creative than he thought he was. Hard work produces grace, not miracles. Since then, Jerry’s followed through on his creative life with passion and commitment. It’s been delightful to see his work grow and be celebrated in exhibitions and publications.
Mallorie OstrowitzFine Art Photographer / Ostrowitz Photography
erry has been one of my most dedicated students; he is open to learning new approaches, accepted criticism and progressed exponentially. Jerry followed through with exceptional commitment to all projects he was given, and as a result, has fine tuned his talent and now produces such high quality of work that he was accepted by LensWork magazine.
Stan MarchutFine Art Photographer / Brown Dog Studios
The visual artistry of Jerry Grasso caught my attention ten years ago. I bought an image and then a book. The creative energy that continues to drive his aesthetic development is fascinating. His images have cycled through periods of abstraction and stark realism, but always maintain an optical complexity. They engage the eye with a physical presence as art objects but also trigger moods and emotions in the mirror of imagination.
Troy AlmeidaPhotography Enthusiast
I appreciate what you [say] about finding your inner child, being imaginative, and not seeing everything in black & white. You talk about people seeing your work in galleries but then not being able to describe what they saw, and I realized I'm guilty of those things, too. I don't always know how to view art, and I don't look at [your art] deeply enough to really "see" it, if that makes any sense. Once I really looked at it deeply, it definitely helped me to appreciate the extreme detail of the architecture. It really did force me to slow down and LOOK at them. I enjoyed that very much.
My Travel Series
Oh, the places I have been!