Tony Blue - www.artoftonyblue.com - was a very creative young boy in the mid ’60s, constantly trying to sketch and paint what his imagination could see, when he came upon the Michelangelo Antonioni movie, Blowup! He was so inspired by the movie that he went out, acquired his first camera, and was determined to capture the world and its people on film.
He first learned his new craft through trial and error, then with military on-the-job training as a photographer in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Upon his discharge in 1969, he enrolled in Los Angeles City College to further his photography studies. While there, his work was recognized by his instructor and Tony was asked to do a one-man exhibit, on campus, in the Presidents Hall – his first show, “The Many Moods of Women”, was born. That marked the beginning of his unique and significant contribution to the vast and glorious art world.
In the mid ’70s and following the completion of his studies, he opened a photography studio in Los Angeles, California specializing in the fields of portraiture, fashion and glamour. He soon became one of the most sought after photographers in the Hollywood area.
With a growing hunger to expand his horizons, Tony Blue’s creative yearning took over and with the ’80s came change. He moved back to his home state of Florida to allow his creative juices to flow into a new direction.
Many years later and after achieving international acclaim – including an Award of Excellence from Nikon Camera Corporation’s international competition, being featured in the Gallery section of Petersen’s Photographic Magazine, being included in the 2006 "Best of Florida Artists and Artisans" annual and having his work appear in numerous other publications, fine art galleries and various art shows – Tony continues to stretch the boundaries of his art.
Frequently, Tony combines two media to create his art. He starts with original photographic images, tosses them into a pot of simmering creativity, stirs in a pinch or two of graphic spice for flavor and, if all goes well, out comes a very unique and tasty “Blutography” (photo-illustration) stew.