Born and raised in North Dakota, Monica says “Through my years of traveling this great state I have grown to love the scenery and people. In 2011, I began to photograph the state I love and continue to do so today.”
Following a gift of Digital Single Lens Reflex camera in 2011, she began photographing all the abandoned farms and houses she’d been admiring for decades. Those images came together in her first show titled “Prairie Tales”. That gift also allowed her to take part in a Historic Asylum preservation and documentation project, known as Project Kirkbride. She joined a group of 40 photographers and videographers to document the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls, MN. Monica studied 35mm Black and White film photography and development, and digital photography at Minot State University. The rest of her time behind the camera has been largely experimental and “incredibly fun”.
Night photography became a passion for Tininenko recently. During a trip to London, England in March of 2014 she began to notice just how different cities and buildings became at night. That trip inspired the current show called “Night Life”. “The exhibit portrays the places we see during the day but might not recognize or take the time to appreciate after the sun sets. Night is something that affects all parts of the world and can also be so beautifully unique to everybody.”
“Night Life” features images created by using long exposure techniques. Several of the images in the series were created with exposures longer than one minute and others were very quick with a high ISO to avoid light trails. These images come from a variety of landscapes in locations including eastern Montana, western North Dakota, California, Washington, Nevada and even London, England.
Monica Tininenko's Artist Statement:
Art is something to everyone. Art is a way for me to relax, to learn, to express, and to concentrate. The process of creating art is as important as the final product. Photography is my most common way of capturing things I feel are important to share and how I express my love of life. The fact that there are so many photographers today can be discouraging to a beginning artist, but that hasn’t stopped me from creating images and sharing them with whoever is willing to look. It can take a great deal of courage to share one’s work with the world, but once you start, it can be hard to stop!