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USC law graduate finds art in unexpected places

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

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While most people around Doug Rosinski are looking at a breathtaking waterfall or a stately historic building, he likely is facing the other direction.

A 52-year-old Columbia lawyer and 1997 USC School of Law graduate, Rosinski has been looking in the other direction for years and, as a result, has captured amazing photos that pop with color, texture and striking lines.

“There isn’t a particular inspiration,” said Rosinski who keeps his camera close by. “I enjoy all of it. I like to go where everyone else goes, but they usually are looking in one direction and I’m looking in another direction. People want to know where a photo is taken because there won’t be an Eiffel Tower in the background as a clue.”

More than 30 of Rosinski’s photos taken from 2003-08 are on display this year in an unlikely gallery, the third floor of the USC School of Law. Captured in the images are wildlife, nature, found objects and architecture as well as people participating in Ground Zero commemorations in 2006 and in St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

“I look for color or a hard edge, what I call industrial photography. It’s an old building, ‘old iron,’ as we call it in the industry, or old machinery that kind of strikes me,” Rosinski says. “The biggest challenge is people. You cannot adapt a poorly shot picture and use some technology on it to make it look completely different. You have to be true.”

Rosinski, whose interest in photography goes back to working on his high school’s yearbook, says the art of photography balances his lawyerly left-brain.

“It fills the right side of my brain,” he said. “Actually, I think I use my left brain all the time. Photography is very scientific because it combines computers, which I’ve done since the first generation of PCs, with art. The whole process is computer-driven now. Digital photography never discolors or ages, so you can play with images years later.”

The exhibit is an ancillary project of the School of Law’s Pro Bono Program and its S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts project. Rosinski, a Navy submarine veteran who specializes in nuclear regulatory law with Ogletree Deakins, continues his commitment to the pro bono work that he began at USC by advocating for the rights and benefits of military veterans. When not working, he usually can be found looking the other direction with a camera in his hand.


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Posted: 11/22/11 @ 2:25 PM | Updated: 11/30/11 @ 2:00 PM | Permalink

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