Taken in Bellefonte Pennsylvania--this factory no longer produces matches, but I believe is being restored for other purposes.
Photos are available for saleplease use the contact info below for information.
Brian Gardner Photography
[email protected] or 651-470-2105
I enjoy the challenge of capturing an image that adequately represents the time, place, and emotion in which the photo was taken. This can be difficultI wonder how many aging pictures of the Grand Canyon are sitting in shoeboxes because the photographers realized their 4x6 prints failed to capture the grandeur of the scene. For me, the joy in photography lies in discovering something interesting and then attempting to capture the image that most closely reflects what I had in mind. That isnt to say there arent surprisessometimes the final image is better than I thought it would be, and at times (okay, most of the time) it just doesnt meet expectations.
About my photographs:
Photography has the capacity to tell a story and I strive to give my work a strong narrative quality. Even the most mundane subject matter has a tale to tell when we look closely.
I like to use subject matter with which viewers can identify. For this reason, many of the images I create are of landscapes. Many of my photographs are of a subject with which viewers are familiar and can be comfortable in assessing.
From a technical standpoint, I enjoy black and white photography. In general, I think black and white stimulates the viewers imagination more than color and allows me to emphasize contrasts. I enjoy experimenting with the use of contrast, often creating rather stark images of everyday scenes. However, youll see color photos from me when I think color adds to the final image.
I also like the technical challenge of special situations such as photographing at night. In this situation, the end result is rarely what I see while taking the photo. Some of the images Ive created are the result of 1 to 15 minute exposures.
Recent exhibitions, publications, etc.
2005 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St. Paul, MN (Kenosha Streetcar photo)
June 2005 through October 2005, Artist Gallery at the East Side Arts Council, St. Paul, MN
June 2005 through September 2005, part of the Minneapolis Foundations gallery show titled What I did on my Summer Vacation- From other lands to Minnesota, IDS Tower, Minneapolis, MN
The Writer's Harbrace Handbook, 3rd edition and Hodge's Harbrace Handbook, 16th edition (featuring Hurd House photo)
February 2005 through April 2005, St. Thomas University architectural gallery show titled
Building the Impossible: Architecture in Motion (Calatrava Art Museum #1 photo),
St. Paul, MN.
Aguirre private collection
Curated mnartists.org show, Night Photography and Low Light Photography
Member of the St. Paul Camera Club