Thomas Billone, Centreville, Virginia Member Since October 2013 Artist Statement Photography has been a passion in the Billone family for generations. In the early 1900’s my ancestors realized the value of preserving the past and preserving family history. I am grateful for that since I can now look at a photograph from 1919 and see my father when he was 7 years old and the grandmother I never knew. In later years my father became the “official” photographer for all family events. Wherever we went he would bring his Kodak Brownie, or his Kodak Signet and shoot away. He was the first person I knew to purchase a 8mm film camera and projector. If he were alive today I am sure he would fully embrace the movement toward digital photography. This ancestral history taught me the importance of preserving memories. I still have his photographs and slides from the 50’s and 60’s which allow me to remember the days of our family get togethers for holidays, birthdays, Communions and so on. I cherish those photographs since a majority of the people in them have passed on. I have added to that collection my own photographs from the 60’s to the present. Through the use of the Internet I am able to share those memories with all of my relatives and their children, forever keeping the memory of those who went before us alive. My Photographic goal is to capture the feelings and emotions that strike me when viewing a particular scene or event. Capturing not only the moment in time, but also the beauty, and sometimes the unattractive in the world that surrounds us. The Photographs you will see on these pages pages are from around the world. Tom Billone – Owner Thomas Photography Thomas Photography is located in Northern Virginia approximately 25 miles from Washington, DC in Fairfax County.