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Sunset Chaser

By Cody Worsham

“I’m a color freak,” says Mark Galasso, poring through slide after slide of stunning sunset photography.

Galasso’s obsession with color began years ago when visiting a friend whose home was filled with colorful art.

“That’s what’s missing in my life,” he recalls thinking, “and from that point forward, I filled my life with color.”

To share his passion for color, Galasso took up photography in 2005 and began capturing Louisiana’s sunsets, focusing his efforts on the LSU lakes and the Mississippi River, which provide his favorite view: symmetry over bodies of water.

“I’m a sunset chaser,” he says.

Galasso, who is also a musician noted as the son of former Baton Rouge symphony conductor Michael and also for his children’s albums and award-winning jingle work with the Louisiana Lottery, is working on a book featuring photographs of the state’s sunsets. Most of his best shots came between 2006 and 2009, when Galasso said stunning sets appeared “every other day.”

“There were days the camera couldn’t capture it, it was so intense,” he recalls. “The camera couldn’t handle it. I hope they come back.”

Should they, you can bet he’ll be there to capture them. A self-professed documentarian, Galasso never misses a chance to snap a sunset. His shots cause one to rethink the color spectrum, as hues and shades dance off each other in unimaginable combinations. His work is very lightly, if at all, edited, as he allows the color to do the talking.

“Color changes your life,” he says, “when you realize it’s there.”

For more of Galasso’s work, visit www.GalassoPhotography.com



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