When translated from Latin. The word Amplius (am/plea/us) can be defined as, "Greater/More."
When I was researching a name, I wanted something short and a meaningful. It took me quite a while to to find a word that represented how I see my photos. I didn't want to settle for something mediocre and bland, because like photos, words have layers of importance and meaning. So after thinking I would never find the right word, the word Amplius came about. My father was actually using it as a title for his message one Sunday morning, when it completely won me over. I then researched the word and found an interesting correlation between it and Michelangelo. Story goes, Michelangelo entered one of his pupils studios, (it was supposedly Raphael's) and picked up a piece of his art and wrote the word Amplius across it, meaning he wanted him to think greater, to expand his range, and to see the bigger picture.
My name is Luke Mancari, and my passion is photography and videography.
Art has always been something important in my family and I honestly think artistry has to be somewhat hereditary, being that we have both a musician and a writer/artist in our family. For me I don't really know how I came to love photography, I only knew that when started experimenting with my mom's $100 digital camera, I felt as though I had the power to create. And not even in the way of creating how something looked for a shot, but in the way I looked at it. I realized with a camera, I could literally and figuratively extend the way I perceived something. So not only was I learning the power of photos, but also the power of perception.
I hope to continue photography for as long as I live whether professionally or just for personal enjoyment, because the world needs photos to remind us of who we were, who we are, who we could be, and what we could do,