Nature photographer shows off local neighborhood in new exhibit
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Lightning over Forest Hills - Photograph by Michael Fusco
Lightning over Forest Hills - Photograph by Michael Fusco
Christmas lights in the snow  - Photograph by Michael Fusco
Christmas lights in the snow - Photograph by Michael Fusco
Photographer and Forest Hills resident Michael Fusco
Photographer and Forest Hills resident Michael Fusco
Michael Fusco is known around the Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park community for his extraordinary local photography.

Last Saturday, the semi-professional photographer and the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery hosted a photo exhibit at The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery where Fusco showed off some of his best snaps from around the neighborhood.

Fusco has been working with Celeste Chau and Helen Day from Maple Grove for the photo exhibit. Last year was his first display, which showcased photos taken in New York and Canada that represented winter and fall, in addition to photos made to look like paintings. This year, however, Fusco made it a point to show photos taken within the neighborhood.

The exhibit featured 20 11x14 prints of lightning, 10 11x14 prints of Christmas lights and the snow, as well as 10 4x6 prints of the sun, moon, sunset, solar eclipse and lunar eclipse.

He has always been a nature buff and enjoyed cold weather. Furthermore, Fusco and his father were both fascinated by lightning.

In high school, Fusco joined a photography club. However, it wasn’t until his father, a cab driver, found a camera and brought it home that Fusco started truly diving into the art form.

In the first ten years of his photography journey, Fusco often took photos of the subway, especially since he worked for the MTA. He also got into nature photography while traveling back and forth to his job and he began shooting the subject matter in 1981.

His photography clients included the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 2000 to 2003 and the New York Botanical Garden from 2000 to 2011.

Fusco, now retired a decade from the MTA, loves using Forest Hills as the backdrop for his nature shots.

He regularly posts his nature shots onto local Forest Hills community groups and many residents have grown to expect photos from him after weather-related events occur. Fusco admits that he loves photographing subjects that most people might shy away from.

“Basically when it’s inclement weather I’m out there usually,” Fusco said. “Everyone gets mad at me but I get excited. ‘Wow, a big rain storm, big lightning, big snowstorm!’

“People might not think it if they see me but I can walk five or six miles in the woods, swamps or a few miles along the Bronx River Parkway,” he added. “When it snows, I’m always outside and I also travel to the Adirondacks for snow and Christmas lights in the snow.”

In addition to Queens and the Adirondacks, Fusco has photographed in Saratoga, Westchester, Long Island, Lake Placid and Canada. He even photographed the Mandarin Duck in Central Park recently.

“It feels fantastic to have the support of the community,” Fusco said. “I’m a native Bronxite but I’ve been in Queens for 11 years and I think it’s great to have the support. People in my building also come with me sometimes to take photos.

“It makes me feel like I’m a part of this community, which I adopted,” he added.

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