Spring Cleaning

April 2, 2011

The grey days in Portland provide a great opportunity for some spring cleaning — namely the thousands of images on my hard drives. While sorting through some digital files from the recent year, I came across these photos taken in a couple of different studio settings in the area.

Happy New Year!

January 24, 2011

The start of the new year has given me a chance to catch my breath and lay fresh eyes on my work over the past few years. It has been an interesting creative journey to see how my work has evolved. I find myself pursuing the story of “faith in action” on so many different levels, whether it be at the cannonization of Saint Andre in Rome or serving the homeless in Phoenix, Arizona. Take a look at my newly designed website at www.scardinaphoto.com to glimpse at what I find to be some of the most interesting and intreguing stories told with photographs and let me know if you want to chat. Here are some recent images from my PhotoForce project with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oregon.

Celebrating a New Saint

October 20, 2010

On October 17, 2010, Pope Benedict declared six new saints, including Saint Andre from Montreal. Saint Andre is the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Hundreds of Holy Cross supporters from Canada and throughout the United States were in attendance at St. Peter’s Square on the crisp, sunny morning. In addition to the canonization on Sunday, a prayer vigil on Saturday and a Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday offered time for reflection, prayer and celebration. The backdrop for all events was spectacular — Italy has layers of history and art that make for wonderful imagery. Thank you to all Holy Cross provinces, universities and high schools in the United States who funded documentation the celebrations. Anther chapter in Holy Cross history has been written!



Celebrating a Saint

September 11, 2010

Over the last month, I have been working on the images from the documentation in Montreal. Folios of 20 black and white photographs were sent to 15 locations across the United States. I have included a few below. Some of the commission participants are planning exhibitions of the images to coincide with the canonization, which will happen in Rome on October 17, 2010.

This journey to document the life of Brother André has been very inspiring. When I am stocking the food bank pantry or talking with the staff at the Downtown Chapel in Portland, I am reminded of André’s spirit and know that there are lessons for me to discover. The pilgrimage to Rome serves as a real focal point for me – as an artist, as a father, and as an individual seeking wisdom and insight as life takes twists and turns.

Statue of Brother André at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal

Montreal, Canada

College of Notre Dame

Montreal, Canada

The Chapel of Brother André, Exterior

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal Canada

Plaques and Canes, The Chapel of Brother André

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal Canada

The Oratory and Saint Joseph Statue

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal Canada

Steps, The Chapel of Brother André

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal Canada

The Way of the Cross and the Gardens of the Oratory, 1

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal Canada

Pilgrimage 2010

June 23, 2010

I traveled to Montreal in May to begin a documentation of the life of Br. André, leading up to his canonization in Rome in October. I have cleaned out my somewhat dusty darkroom and have started to hand process 80+ rolls of black and white film. And, I am editing down many of the color digital images from the trip. A few themes are emerging for me in this initial stage of the commission.

Many people from Canada, the United States and beyond travel to St. Joseph’s Oratory on a pilgrimage, seeking a connection to Br. André. The journey and experience helps to strengthen their faith and connection to Bro. André, God and Holy Cross.

Many members and supporters of Holy Cross from around the world are preparing for a pilgrimage to Rome in October. The opportunity to be present and participate in the canonization ceremonies and celebrations for the first saint for the Congregation of Holy Cross provides an opportunity to grow in faith and connection to the Holy Cross mission.

My work for Holy Cross over these past 8 years has been a pilgrimage for me of a greater sort. Beginning with my arrival to stay with the Marianite Sisters in Le Mans in 2001 to learn about Blessed Basil Moreau, to my visits across the U.S. to so many Holy Cross ministries, to my time at the Downtown Chapel in Portland serving the homeless at their weekly Br. André Café, I have come to know Holy Cross – and myself – in a deeper way.

I am excited about the work ahead – the opportunity to tell another part of the Holy Cross story through photography. Meanwhile, here are a few initial images from Montreal.

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I would like to extend an invitation to you to help celebrate “Setting the Table: Raising Awareness and Support for Oregon Food Bank” on January 21st (see attached PDF for more info). Over the past year, I have been working with four other photographers to form a collaborative called PhotoForce. We documented the cycle of food in Oregon and the impact Oregon Food Bank has across the state as our first project together. I would love to have you stop by. Please feel free to share this information with others who might be interested in attending.

To read more about PhotoForce and the project, please visit our web site: www.photo-force.com

Also, here’s a link to coverage in the January edition of Portland Monthly magazine.

St. Francis Dining Hall