The Love of Photography…Passed on Through Generations

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Aerial View, Big Sur, Shorline, Pacific Ocean, Monterey County, California

On Saturday, December 7th from 6-9 p.m., Santa Monica Art Studios will host a holiday show. On view, two photographers share a love of photography, which was passed on to them by their families.

“Photography is in my blood,” laughs landscape photographer, Scott Tansey.

Both his parents and grandparents and his sister have all shared a love of photography. His sister, a documentary photographer was honored by winning the Imogene Cunningham award.

“My parents and grandparents were always taking pictures,” recalls Tansey. “My brother came back from a European Trip with many great images, and I wanted to make my own. However, when it came to my photography, I went on my own path. I did remember owning the Time-Life Photography series, so I could learn as much as I could.”

Tansey’s second cousin is David Doubilet, the famous underwater photographer, so it really is in his blood.

He continues, “My grandmother had a first cousin who was a professional photographer in Romania, before WWII and continued in Israel after the war.”

In addition to his photography, Tansey has had two other careers as well. He explains, “I am a lawyer, but I also had a career before that. I worked in the family business, which allowed me a lot of travel and photographic opportunities.”

He adds, “I worked in the family business selling aircraft parts (bearings) in the United States and all over the world. I led a multi-cultural work force and expanded the business over my eighteen year career.” For more information about Scott Tansey’s work, see his website at

Another talented photographer, Steve Bernstein will have his work on view at SMAS holiday event.

Originally from New York, Bersnstein currently resides in California. “Photography runs in my veins. My father was an architectural photographer in New York, and my grandparents were also photographers in its infancy,” he said.

Bernstein also happens to be an accomplished scientist and inventor. His technical background influences his art. He recently had a three-month exhibition at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

He explains, “Bernstein & Widder: A Sci-Art Exhibition was a collaboration with my friend and colleague, deep sea explorer, Dr. Edie Widder, and featured deep sea marine life presented as art.” This exhibition will also be shown at the Vero Beach Art Museum, Florida in January 2014. For more info about Steve Bernstein, see his Facebook page at

Don’t miss the opening reception for the big Santa Monica Art Studio event. For more information, visit

Henry Long is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle.
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