The Photographers Art: Tino Hammids Brave New World

Tino Hammid is a household name in gem circles. It comes attached to some of the world's most breathtaking gemstone and jewelry photographs, appearing in practically every form of visual media. Now Hammid, who has been photographing gems and jewelry for 15 years, is branching out: he has flung himself into the mysterious world of "virtual reality." Hammid's art - some of it shown on these pages - brings a new dimension to our view of gems and their startling colors. The work at Hammid's studio these days is no longer the product of a subdued or darkened room. Tino still peers through camera view-finders and squeezes shutter releases for a living. But an increasing percentage of his days (and way too many evenings, says wife Mary) is spent scrutinizing a computer screen. There, Hammid's creative juices become a virtual Niagara Falls of creativity as he manipulates his gem images of choi

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