My ongoing Ice series is a unique view of frozen liquids, with food coloring, and the occasional inclusion of other materials that are either imbedded in the ice or serve as a background. The ice is sculpted using numerous techniques, including heat, salt, and time to produce interesting patterns and textures. Because of its transparent nature, ice can be lit in many creative ways, and the colors and patterns can be visible from different surfaces and layers at the same time. Since the sculpting and coloring are done at room temperature, the melting ice constantly changes the appearance and the camera records the image as it existed at that one moment in time, and never again.
Dom Ioele attended Ramapo College of New Jersey where he studied contemporary art. A Cranford resident, Mr. Ioele, captures images of nature, sports, and music, and explores abstract subjects with his innovative ice photography technique. His photos of sculpted, colored ice have been exhibited at numerous solo shows, as well as with the Contemporary Art Group. His work has appeared at the Watchung Arts Center, Les Malamut Gallery, Children's Specialized Hospital, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Gilda's Club of Northern New Jersey, Somerset Cultural and Heritage Gallery, Elizabeth Freeholder's Gallery, Overlook Hospital, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and the public libraries of Cranford, Clark, and Kenilworth. One of his ice photos was also published in the June 2008 issue of Popular Photography. Mr. Ioele is the owner of Mario Michael Vincent Photography, and its sports photography division, MMV Sport.