Peter C. Brandt
10025 new York, NY
Art Statement: Why do I paint my architectural photographs ?
I have always loved paintings and have admired painters like Monet, Mondrian, Rudolf Bauer and Wassily Kandinsky, as well as other classical realists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the Hudson School of Art, like Fredrick Church, Thomas Cole, and Alber Bierstadt.
When I discovered photography during my High School time, I concentrated on photographing, darkroom procedures, and experimenting. This was my laboratory! All thanks to my previous teachers: Mr. Ross and my chemistry teacher Mr. Williams.
After learning a procedure, I broke the rules and did things way off, like printing negatives onto 4x5 litho film as my final image, processing the litho film in print developer for only 45 seconds. Also, I used bleach (Potassium Ferrocyinide) to alter contrast, highlight certain details and even make color tones in the overall image.
During this time of photographic discovery, I loved going to museums to admire and to study the paintings. I looked at the composition, propping, the lighting, and mood. With the realist paintings, I often tried to imagine myself, there in the paintings. Abstract paintings are attracted to me by instinct, I either feel its' message or I don't.
I didn’t realize I was creating “a body of work” when I photographed abstract things. But I did this from the beginning of my photography. I was in NYC in my 40’s when I saw other photographers showing their personal projects in slide shows. Then I realized, that I had another “body of work” as well. At that time, I thought my 'body of work' was only my portfolio of previous photography jobs, of what I showed my clients.
It was about 1999 that I discovered the idea of painting on top of my photographs with a computer. I was experimenting as an exercise to find something new, and this idea stuck with me. I remember at the time of discovery, I felt guilty for having so much fun.
I do it with joy. The colors reflect my mood at the time of painting. Some tell me they like my softer color use, however; bright colors reflect my happiness, positive moments and perhaps a vigorous approach that speaks more about my personality.
I try to put my mind at rest, turn-off my analytical mind, and just paint by instinct.....but they all start with that basic abstract vision.
Architectural Art !