Richard Ehrlich

Richard Ehrlich Photography has been an abiding passion for me since childhood. After many years of taking intra-operative surgical photographs, I began focusing on landscape photography. A life-long infatuation with the Impressionist painters, who depended more on feeling than fact, led to my overall desire to capture provocative images that describe how I feel when visualizing a scene rather than simply representing what is actually seen.

A natural curiosity for the visually unusual led me to photograph abandoned houses in Namibian desert, and long abandoned diamond mining camps that had not been visited for over 50 years. The desire to capture these almost surreal images of nature reclaiming the desert fostered similar projects such as the abandoned Cook County Hospital in Chicago, built in 1845, and Belmont Park in downtown Los Angeles, centered around a graffiti park undergoing demolition.

The Homage to Rothko series is a paean to my favorite painter whose work has been an inspirational foundation for many years. Anatomia Digitale represents permutations and interpretations of radiological based images as a basis for artistic expression and celebration of the exquisite beauty of the human form.

Reverie focuses on images reminiscent of dream states, while the Other Side of The Sky is a conceptual project inspired by Yves Klein "signing" the sky as his first work in 1947. The images are based on actual Malibu sky images that have been reinterpreted and rendered into pure abstraction, implying what might exist on the other side of the sky. Face-The Music is a work in progress attempting to capture, in portraiture, how musicians feel while listening to music of their choice.

My passion for making photographs, much like a painter's passion to lay down marks, comes from a desire to express how I feel rather than to simply depict what is seen. Photography has become an avenue for heightened awareness and self-expression. I feel privileged to have discovered this most transcendent art form.

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