Amagansett and NYC resident and photographer Michele Dragonetti has catching the attention of art fans with her novel and beautiful “Boat Hull” series of images. These striking, square photos take on the quality of beautiful abstract, even minimalist, paintings—each depicting a different boat hull and the colors and shapes that make it unique.
“I find particular appeal in the contrast between the abstract patterns of the painted lines and colors of the hulls, and the overlying evidence of their weather and age, which together create a unique interplay of textures,” Dragonetti writes in her artist statement about the work, which began in the marinas of Montauk where she was first attracted to the patinas and patterns on boats in disrepair. “By focusing my compositions on the triangular patterns of the hulls in a square format, I am able to highlight the essential geometry of the images,” the artist adds.
The result has been a consistent but wonderfully varied collection of works, and Dragonetti has put it all together on her @michele_dragonetti Instagram account. Here we put together some selections from that account. Clearly there’s a good reason why she’s amassed more than 2,500 followers.
You can see Michele Dragonetti’s work in person at the All Photography Show through August 22 at the Montauk Artists Association’s Depot Gallery, located in the Montauk Railroad Station at the junction of Edgemere and Flamingo Roads. For more info, visit micheledragonetti.com.