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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Photography is much more than just snapping a few pictures and posting it to social media; a photographer understands his or her camera, seeks photo-worthy occasions, and is able to evoke an appreciation for something that a person may have never noticed before. Medfield resident Chuck Ferullo accomplishes all of this and more with his photography, which was showcased through the end of the summer at the Medfield Public Library. Ferullo’s photography greeted library visitors in two rooms, the CD/DVD room and the Dailey Room. The CD/DVD room housed Ferullo’s “Beyond Medfield” collection, which included photos of Red Sox players David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez, as well as shots from India and other areas of Massachusetts. In the Dailey Room was a slightly larger exhibit of Medfield photos, which were all taken in Medfield.“We're lucky that Medfield is such a beautiful town in terms of its natural surroundings with the Charles River and so forth, and I'm lucky to have had the freedom to explore those environs and take photos that interest people who value those aspects of their town,” said Ferullo. Ferullo is also grateful for the support he received from the community after releasing a calendar with his photos to raise money for a local food bank. The collection of Medfield photos included shots from various seasons, black and whites, macro photos, and images from all times of the day – even one at three in the morning, appropriately named “Medfield Center, 3 A.M.” Two of Ferullo’s favorite places to photograph are the Charles and Stop River valleys, and areas just before sunrise or just after sunset.
While Ferullo taught chemistry and physics, his extensive knowledge of the sciences does not influence his precise and perfect pictures. “There are aspects of photography that I maybe appreciate more because of their being a tangible application of certain principles of science – the optics of lenses and apertures and so forth, for example, is all about physics – but I don't think that that's for me the main attraction to photography. It's really the creative aspect of it that draws me to it,” said Ferullo.
From humble beginnings taking amateur photos of his own children without any formal training, Chuck Ferullo’s keen eye and attention to detail has brought him success as a photographer. However, he remains humble.
“Every time I start to think how swell I am because of some photographs, forgetting that nature created not only the way the sun is illuminating the mists rising out of the marshes but the mists themselves, I'm headed for trouble,” said Ferullo. “Because the moment we think we did it, we have closed ourselves off to the wonder of the very next moment.”