Vahé Peroomian is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Southern California. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA in March, 1994, specializing in numerical simulations of space plasmas, and has carried out research in that field for the past 21 years. Vahé's love of photography as a child and young adult blossomed into a passion fifteen years ago. Since then, he has taken every opportunity to pursue his fascination with photography and the beauty of the Gaian landscape. He is a self-trained photographer, and prefers a hands-on approach and independent experimentation with photographic styles and techniques. He has found that the same off-the-wall approach that works in solving physics problems helps him see landscapes in a new light as well. The self-similar shapes in landscapes, and the play between cloud and landscape that characterize many of his photographs are a manifestation of this viewpoint.
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Infraredscapes was born from the desire to see the landscape in the color of warmth, the color of life. Unlike conventional black and white photographs that assign drab grays to tree leaves and consign clouds to battle the sky for contrast, digital infrared photography highlights these by making them stand out. Leaves, exuding the warmth of life, appear white, as do clouds against black skies. In January 2008, I converted a Canon 20D digital SLR to shoot only in 850 nm infrared black and white, beginning the journey that is Infraredscapes. In April 2011, the 20D was replaced by a Canon 60D, also converted to infrared black and white. The photographs presented in the Infraredscapes gallery are re my vision of the world I've traveled during the last eight years.
A Photographic Journey of my Homeland, Armenia
A Photographic Journey of my Homeland, Armenia, was the product of Vahé’s desire to photograph Armenia in the same light that gave life to his photographs of American national parks. Vahe’s passion for his homeland, which he had visited as a teenager and as a young adult during 1980, 1981, and 1990, grew by leaps and bounds when he returned to Armenia twice in 2003. On these trips, with every short walk, and with every kilometer driven, he wiped clean the slate of his early impressions of Armenia, and fell in love with the vibrant landscape, teeming with life, with beauty, and with ancient wonders. A four-day trip to Artsakh, three magical nights spent in Shushi, built atop a nearly unscalable cliff offering spectacular vistas interspersed with newly rebuilt churches and Soviet era blocky apartment buildings still bearing the wounds of war, were the highlights of the five weeks he spent in Armenia that summer. The twelve photo essays presented in the book span eight years, from October 2004 to September 2011, during which he spent an additional 90 days in Armenia during nearly every season and during a lifetime’s worth of moods. A Photographic Journey of my Homeland, Armenia was published in 2014 and is now in its second printing.
Presentations of A Photographic Journey of my Homeland, Armenia
• May 12, 2016, Glendale Community College, California
• Conference on Armenian Photographers: “The eyes of our culture,” September 12, 2015, Ararat-Eskijian Museum, Mission Hills, California
• November 6, 2014, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, Glendale, California
• September 28, 2014, Hamazkayin United Kingdom, London, UK
• August 21, 2014, Analysis Research and Planning for Armenia (ARPA), North Hollywood, California
• July 17, 2014, Abril Bookstore, Glendale, California
• May 15, 2014, Zavarian Armenian Center, La Crescenta, California
• 2016 Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee, Nature (two photos)
• 2014 Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee, Nature
• 2012 Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee, Nature
• First Place, Black and White Landscapes, 20th Annual Juried Photography Show, Louisville Art Association, Louisville, Colorado, July 2011
• Founder's Choice Award, Infinity Art Gallery: 2011 Photography Expo, February 2011.
• Special Recognition Award, Light Space & Time Gallery: Seascapes, January 2011.
• 2009 Black & White Spider Awards - Nominee, Nature
• First Prize, World of Photography (Woophy.com) May 2006 photo contest.
• First Prize, Online Photo Contest (onlinephotocontest.com), 2001
Solo Photography Exhibitions
• The World of Infraredscapes, August 10 - 24, 2012, Mkrtchyan Art Gallery, Glendale, California.
• Infraredscapes at the Wine Cave, March 11 - May 10, 2011, The Wine Cave, Montrose, California.
• Idyllic Landscapes, February 3-5, 2006, Harvest Gallery, Glendale, California
• Armenia and Yosemite, Natural Wonders Worlds Apart, June 12 - 14, 2004, Homenetmen Ararat Cultural and Athletic Center, Glendale, California.
• Tales of Survival, May 28, 2004, Pacific Community Center, Glendale, California.
• My Mountainous Homeland, April, 2004, Bel Air Camera Gallery, Westwood, California.
• PhotoSpiva 2016, March 2016, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri.
• PhotoSpiva 2015, March 2015, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri.
• Mountains and Sea, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, August 2013.
• Among Trees, The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, July 2012.
• PhotoSpiva 2012, March 2012, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri.
• 20th Annual Juried Photography Show, Louisville Art Association, Louisville, Colorado, July 2011
• We can never have enough of Nature, Still Point Art Gallery (Online), June 2011
• PhotoSpiva 2011, March 5 - April 24, 2011, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri.
• “<196”, Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, New Jersey, February 2011.
• 2011 Photography Expo, Infinity Art Gallery (online) February 2011
• Seascapes, Light Space & Time Gallery (Online), January 2011
• We of the Mountains, A Survey of Armenian-American Art, March 29 – May 10, 2009, Zephyr Coffee House and Art Gallery, Pasadena, California.
• A Photographic Journey of Armenia’s Natural Treasures, a juried exhibition, Armenian Library and Museum of America and Armenian Tree Project, Watertown, MA, September 2008.
• Los Angeles / Yerevan Sister City Association Logo Unveiling Exhibition, Los Angeles City Hall, September, 2007.
• Vahe Peroomian: Global Landscapes, and Cynthia Smalley: The Last Mustangs, March 2008, FastFrame of Glendale, California.
• A Visual Poetry of the Homeland: Photographs of Vahé Peroomian and Ara Meshkanbarian, September 25 - October 30, 2005, Ararat-Eskijian Museum, Mission Hills, California.
• Tales of Survival, May 2004, Pacific Community Center, Glendale, CA.
Published Travelogues / Photo Essays
• and the Journey Begins – a photographic voyage into Divine Land Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper’s Christmas, 2004 edition, Los Angeles.
• April in Armenia: of torrential rains and the rites of spring [excerpt], January 27, 2006 edition of Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper.
• History Revealed, September 9, 2006 edition of Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper.
• Armenian Travelogue, November 2006 edition of travelphotographers.net.
• Eyewitness to History: How Armenia’s Opposition Tactics Led to Bloodshed in Yerevan Streets, March 7, 2008 edition of Asbarez Armenian daily newspaper.
• The Armenian Reporter, March 29, 2008 edition (article).
• Verdugo Monthly, October 2008 edition (cover photo and article).
• Armenian National Committee of Burbank, Weekly Planner (All 54 photos of planner).