This large photograph of a school of fish in the Eastern Shore channels has the quality of an abstract image and yet invites the viewer in to recognize the subject moving from the shadows to the light. Archival pigment print on an acid free, 100% cotton rag paper, mounted on wood panel, resin finish accentuates the feel of the situation.
Bob Petersen I’m a fan of the forest, water, sky, or anything that makes up a landscape. I’ve been an art director, creative director, agency founder, educator, husband and father. Likely listed in reverse order of importance. But all a part of the inspiration to my photography.
I am my biggest challenge. Looking for exciting images to capture and having a specific agenda can choke creativity. I tend to be both right and left brain, so that can create a fun but challenging play between what I want to find and what actually is there to uncover. My photography is a product of years as a conceptual thinker and problem solver in the world of advertising. Training that inspires me to approach my art openly, without preconceptions, but with a purpose. Some works focus on details and other times with less recognition and more abstraction to achieve my aim. But all have a simple single intention to uncover a dimension, a mood, a spirit, a frame of mind.
My creative process is intricately connected to how I view my own life, how I know myself, how I draw clarity from my emotions and translate them into pictures. This process explores the relationship between the physical world and an art form blending digital, materials and human factors. My professional journey has roots in film and traditional methods of photography that push me toward creating images in camera. Now digital capture, printing, materials and applying various finishes allow other sensory experiences to be part of the end product. As an art director I hired some of the best photographers in the business to capture and develop ideas. Now photography is my response to the world through capturing the organized chaos of nature’s design or borrowing of shapes and forms in our landscapes.