Photographer Robert Rosen displays many large landscape photographs in Q Gallery’s new show – Rhapsody in Light - now open. The exhibit is on display Tuesday-Sunday, through June 30.
Photos in the show include “Rocks in a Roaring River,” an almost abstract color image from Rocky Mountain National Park. The black and white, “Winter Storm in Western Minnesota,” captures the feeling of driving through a blustery snowstorm. Another black and white depicts a mural of an Indian chief on the side of an abandoned Gamble’s department store in Shoshoni, Wyoming – population 649. These and other images in show range from three feet to nearly five feet long.
Rosen is a musician by training. He says that “creating photographs… is like improvising music.” The title of the show comes from the improvisational music form called a rhapsody. Rosen came up with the idea while returning from a photographic trip to Minnesota and South Dakota. He said, “At that time I became acutely aware of the rhapsodic nature of the experience.” Thus, each image is titled “Rhapsody” and given a number based on the order in which it was captured. This numbering relates to a form in common use in music in the 19th century.
Rosen works fast without significant planning. “I work with available light responding to the shapes, shading, colors, etc. that I encounter. “ With a concern for high quality Rosen prints his own images up to forty-four inches wide and ten feet long using archival pigment ink on archival paper.
“Once the image is in print, I evaluate it in much the same manner as it was created. I have a sense of the original stimulus when the image was first shot and I try to capture that in the print. Sometimes, however, the print takes on its own life and surprises me with qualities I did not expect. At these times I allow myself to get into the flow of the unexpected and let the image find its own place.”
“I work in both color and black & white,” says Rosen. “Many of my landscape images are minimalist. I see all them as abstracts of color, shape, and texture; conceived as prints – three feet or larger. This allows the viewer to go deeper inside the image.”
Recently Rosen developed a method of mounting images on matte paper without a frame or glass. The paper produces no glare so the image looks good from all angles. Rosen does all of the mounting himself which keeps the cost to a reasonable level.
Q Artist Gallery: Rhapsody in Light
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