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, wildlife, still life, buildings, nautical themes, plus includes abstract figure studies and aerial work. Larry's work is exhibited in galleries throughout Northwest Indiana, Suburban Chicago and Southwest Michigan plus appears in several private collections, in several regional calendars, and part of advertising and billboard campaigns.
Larry earned his Doctor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies, and received his
Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from
University Calumet in Radio/TV/Theater Production and Management.
Recently retired from his full time work as an Auditorium and Musical Theater
Director after a total of over 40 years, that includes 16 years 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 he 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 for six years. Larry
previously worked as Auditorium/Theater Director for Highland's Monbeck
Auditorium for 13 years. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Calumet College
and Purdue Northwest, and did
part time/consulting as
Community Arts Coordinator for Indiana University Northwest's new Arts on
Broadway 500-seat mainstage and related facilities.
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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