Original Fine Art Photography
About the Artist
Working as a theatrical lighting designer and musical theater stage director
for over forty years,
Larry's photography has been largely avocational; mostly used
in his own design and directing portfolio, or for promotional, production pictures.
including actor headshots.
His work with stage lighting gives him a special understanding and a unique
vision for his artistic photography.
He has been active as a fine art photographer
for over thirty years.
He has been active as a fine art photographer for over thirty years.
His artistic photography work is mostly in landscapes, scenic, nature, still life, buildings, nautical themes, plus includes abstract figure studies and aerial work. Larry's work is exhibited in galleries throughout Northwest Indiana and Suburban Chicago plus appears in several private collections, and appeared in several regional calendars.
Larry earned his Doctor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies, and received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Purdue University Calumet in Radio/TV/Theater Production and Management. He works as the Auditorium Director for the School Town of Munster's (Indiana) 1000 seat theater plus Producer/Director of the Munster Theatre Company. Prior to that was the Theatre Administrator/Production Manager for The Center for Visual & Performing Arts professional theater operation Theatre at The Center, also serving as resident lighting designer. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Calumet College.
Larry previously worked as Auditorium/Theater Director for Highland's Monbeck Auditorium for 13 years. He has been active as an on-air pledge host for WYIN-TV/Lakeshore public television, plus on the board of directors for Lakeshore Public TV, Leadership Northwest Indiana, and formally on the LakeNET board now on their advisory board, plus is a web site designer. He is a 1997 recipient of the Purdue University Calumet Distinguished Corporate/Community Service Award, the 2010 Purdue University Calumet Alumni Leadership Award, and the 1999 Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. Larry is a voting member for the recording industry's Grammy Awards.
postcard style images are consciously part of my scenic visual style.
Compressing the visual elements in order to achieve a flattened perspective of
the subject is a strong characteristic of my scenic images. Isolating a
subject from the background in order to reveal and capture details, which may
be otherwise overlooked by a casual observer, is an important style element of
my photography. Especially used in my close-up macro work, I like to focus
attention on the minute details of the subject.
An artist's style should not be static, but consistently open to alternate visions.
- Larry A Brechner
BLACK & WHITE vs COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Modern photography can create a full palate and range of natural colors, and manipulating this natural color to enhance or intensify the mood represents an important option for the photographer. Color is a very important compositional element, tied more directly to mood than any other visual element in all visual arts.
However, color often visually dominates a viewer’s response to a piece, creating a distraction about the content or subject of an image. Understanding light is the key to any successful image, but black & white photos allow for a wider range of light, from very dark, low-key images, to bright high-key renderings.
Choosing monochrome over color for the final image rendering, the photographer seeks to heighten the focus on shape, form, texture, pattern, and tonality, by removing color as a visual element. Because we see the world in color, a black & white image, by its inherent nature, evokes a different, more ethereal yet dramatic emotional response to the subject. There also is simplicity to a black & white image.
Finally, a black & white image has a nostalgic element, tied to the very origins of the photographic process, where a black & white image suggests a romanticized, idealized past. Black & White images have a timeless quality not always captured as well in color images.
Larry A Brechner
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