Tom's iFotoz is a legacy site of my photographic works. The site is designed to allow you to view the work on any device using your Internet browser. You can also access iFotoZ by downloading the iPhone/iPad app or the Android app designed for your smartphone or tablet. iFotoZ.mobi is a leaner version of iFotoZ. It is automatically selected when using your smartphone or tablet browser app.
The iFotoZ images are presented without watermarking for all who register. Registration is free, but you must first agree to a lengthy set of iFotoZ Terms & Conditions. Basically, you are agreeing to respect my creative endeavor by not copying or reproducing the site or its contents without explicit permission.
The work is presented as gallery slideshows with music that are further collected into Series such as Globe Trotting or Social Landscapes. Visitors and Siged Out Users are limited to viewing the 5-Star Gallery that is created from images that have been rated 5-Stars by registered users.
The 140 plus slideshows with music are the main event of this site! All the slideshows are available to registered users from the Galleries tab, the News Tab or from the Home Page. Clicking any Slideshow play button or link, opens the gallery window with two docks for customizing your slideshow experience. Clicking the Play icon in the middle of the image expands the window to full screen and begins the slideshow with images dissolving into each other and music playing in the background.
There are many ways to customize your slideshow experience. You may hide or show the docks, view a slideshow’s image thumbnails and jump to a particular image. You can favorite images or entire slideshows. You can use your keyboard space bar to start and stop the slideshow and the arrow keys to go forwards and backwards. Please take a few minutes when you first get to a Slideshow window to become familiar with all of your options or use the About tab How To link for detailed feature explanations.
The site is organized to enable you to navigate to a specific Gallery or Series of your choice. You can search the site by image, keyword, gallery, or series names. An exciting search feature is the keyword Cloud tab that gives you an overview of all the images in the site. Most search results can then be sorted by various criteria such as creation date.
Registration creates your own permanent account so you can do things like save favorite images. Those favorites remain a part of your user account so when you return they will still be there. There are many features that augment the user experience and allow you to navigate, save, manage, share, and order your favorite images. Users can even create their own slideshows from their favorites! In addition, by rating your favorite images you will be contributing to the creation of the dynamic Tom's iFotoZ portfolio slideshow that is available to all iFotoZ visitors whether registered or not.
Tom’s iFotoZ offers high quality prints, books, calendars etc. through competent online print services at very reasonable prices. Custom, archival, signed and even framed prints on fine art media are available upon request in sizes from 8 inches up to 27 feet (so far)!
You can comment and rate my work and even improve the site's usability by suggesting keywords and adding your own comments. So please do rate what you like, leave your comments and, yes, please do share your favorites with your friends.
Again, I hope you enjoy your visit to Tom’s iFotoZ. Please leave feedback and come back often!
|The Photographer. I started photographing in 1966 and began sharing my work on the internet in 1998. My goal for Tom's iFotoZ is to present my life's work to others in an enjoyable and accessible format.|
|iFotoZ site architect and programmer. Vinod was brought on board this project because he is able to turn my vision for this site into a stable, working web space. Whatever I imagine to be possible, Vinod makes happen in an elegant way.|
Tom Policano Artist's Statement:
I have always found the world to be a beautiful place. Time & Again I have endeavored to capture that beauty in my work. It has been my hope that in doing so I can share my joy with others. Though the work has taken many forms, the consistent theme of my legacy is the miracle confluence of time, place and light composed precisely in the image frame. I am very fond of saying that “I do not crop” and “more is better!”
Time & Again refers to my practice of "seeing" that is at the core of making images. The art of recognition and framing a connection in the magic of the moment involves a rush of emotions that never repeats and yet is always the same. Zillions of possibilities resolve when I release the shutter. The craft of presentation is my medium for communicating and sharing both the rush and the magic with others. I am insatiable in this pursuit.
I am often asked which photo is my favorite? Having owned forty plus cameras and a hundred thousand plus images later there is no one answer to this question. For Time & Again I am enraptured by the wealth of beauty around us and I am off again hunting - hoping I have the perfect setup to capture the perfect moment.
Tom Policano has been photographing since 1965 when he bought a Pentax SLR to celebrate going off to college at the University of Rochester for a BS in Electrical Engineering. There he studied with Bill Giles who lives in Marina, CA and is still creating large format images using traditional image processes. In 1969 Policano enrolled in the first class of the Visual Studies Workshop under Nathan Lyons and completed his MFA in Photography from the University of Buffalo. Upon graduation he started his own business, Tom Policano – Image Maker, doing documentary, social landscape, architectural, multi-image shows, as well as bread and butter work that included portraits and weddings. During this period, with the support of Beaumont Newhall, Director of the George Eastman House, Policano received a NYS Council on the Arts Grant to complete “Slim Pickins,” a multi image documentary of NYS migrant workers. In the summer of 1973 he studied documentary photography, bookmaking and the zone system with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park.
In 1977 he was hired by RIT as a professional staff photographer and a couple years later was invited to teach visual communications at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. After 37 years Policano retired from RIT with emeritus status. Policano was a very early adopter of digital photography. In 1998 he bought his first digital camera, a Nikon CoolPix 900S. He made this purchase the same day after inviting a Nikon rep to demonstrate their new digital technology in his photo class in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Within two months of that event he had a one-person exhibition titled. “10 Atkinson Street.” This was a documentary of the Elizabeth Collection that is today housed in Rochester’s Artisan Works. Included in this digital exhibit were four eight-foot prints, a seventeen-foot print, and a multi image slide show all from his new 2.1 megapixel camera. Within a few months he had sold his Hasselblad 2 ¼ and Sinar 4x5 Field Cameras. Policano’s largest print to date is the twenty-eight foot “Through the Glass Lightly,” an architectural study of NYC buildings as reflected in other buildings.
Within a year of converting to digital, Policano started teaching his three part DigPhoto workshops; Shooting, Managing, & Sharing. At this same time he created his first online gallery of his work. Today Tom’s iFotoZ (ifotoz.com) is a user centric portal that presents over one hundred forty full screen dissolving slide shows with music.
Policano has owned and experimented with over 40 traditional and digital cameras. Today he uses the Sony A9 camera system.
Main Navigation Bar
- Slideshow Dock | Image Zoom Option | Favorite | Share | Image Thumbnails | About | Playback Controller | Galleries | Background Manager | Music Controller | Toggle Full Screen Option | Show/Hide Dock | Image Details Buttons
Main Navigation Bar
Site welcome page contains the main navigation bar and a very slow changing slide show of recent images.
This is a drop down menu with two links; About and Contact Tom. The About page. It is organized into three areas; The Site, About Us, and How To. Any visitor, registered or not, can use tContact Tom button to contact me.
The Galleries tab is only available to registered users. If you have not yet registered, clicking on the Galleries tab opens the Registration page. If you are not yet signed in, clicking on the Galleries tab opens the Sign In page. Once signed in, clicking on the Galleries page opens to an animated Series coverflow graphic on top of the page that contains the thumbnail of the first image of the last Gallery to be added to each Series. Double click a Series thumbnail to access the Series description, a Back link that takes you back to the animated coverflow graphic, a View Series Galleries link that will display all the Galleries in the Series below the animated Series coverflow graphic, and a View Series Slideshow link that will take you to that Series Slideshow. Note that the main event of the site is to view Slideshows of the images. Slideshows are available for Series or individual Galleries. This is one way to get to a Series slideshow.
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Lists all the comments added by iFotoZ users. Comments are listed with the most recent at the top. Comments are added from the image details pages. In Slideshow mode clicking the Image Information Button [i] in the upper right corner of the player at any time pauses the current Slideshow and open a window that includes a link to the image details page for the current image. Clicking the View Images button on the Galleries Page will open The View Images page that lists all the images in the Gallery selected. Every Image listed will have a View Details button that will take you to the View Image Details Page of the image selected. This page will have many options, including Add A Comment.
Organizes the images according to user star ratings. Any user can see a listing of images that have been rated 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars or see all rated images. You can add the ratings of images that you like from the images details page.
Here is where I tell stories about the work. News can be ordered by title name or date.
One of the things I have always wanted to provide visitors, is a way to find images of interest. All images now have keywords associated with them. In fact, users can themselves recommend keywords for the images they see by going to the image details page. Anyway, the Cloud button sorts all the image keywords alphabetically. In addition the Cloud words grow bigger as more images share the same keyword. Each keyword is also followed by an exact count of the number of images sharing that keyword. Clicking on any keyword brings back a complete listing of all associated images. The listing includes an image thumbnail, image name, and the link to that images detail page.
This is a drop down menu with eight links; Profile, Order History, Favorites, My Cart, Send to Friends, Ask a Question, Change Password, and Change Email.
Sign In is enabled upon free registration and opens up access to the entire collection of very high resolution images organized into series and galleries slideshows with music. Sign In also gives you access to your account that will enable you to favorite, share, comment, rate, and order images, posters, books, calendars, etc.
Registration is FREE! Registering creates your account and enables all the user capabilities of Tom's iFotoZ. The only condition of Registration is your agreement to a lengthy set of iFotoZ Terms & Conditions. Basically, you are agreeing to respect my creative endeavor by not copying or reproducing the site or its contents without explicit permission. Upon registration you will be sent an email that will validate your email and enable future Sign Ins.
• Slideshow Dock
The Slideshow dock can be hidden and revealed. When visable all of the options described below are available. Note that on the far left of the Dock is the name of the current Series or Gallery Slideshow you are viewing.