Joel Kramer - Photographer

My love of the Visual Arts was initially nurtured by my Mother's artistic talents. My Mom was a naturally gifted artist (-- who never saw herself as an artist). Her ability to sketch to paper a still-life scene, amazed me as a kid, and inspired me to try my hand. Her talents in the Fiber Arts kept me and my brother in knitted Icelandic sweaters throughout our childhood. Her needlepoint work created Advent Calendars that made waking-up on cold December mornings...a little more thrilling. Her handcrafted creations live-on in my home today.

 

My introduction to Photography began when I took on the role of family photographer on vacations. I was fascinated by the Polaroid Camera. To see something in the camera, and within minutes have that image come to life in-front of your eyes -- was captivating! I believe that was how I developed my compositional eye. What you chose to contain within that rectangle of the viewfinder, was what you got in your developed print.

 

My high school was fortunate to have a photography program, and an inspiring teacher. Karen Schlotter introduced me to the potential of Photography, and to the magic of the Photography Darkroom.

 

In college at Rochester Institute of Technology, I was surrounded by the Visual Arts, and taught by some inspiring teachers. One was Gunther Cartwright. Gunther was keen to show his students as many photographic images from the history of the art, to help us develop an eye and style by what came before us. Truly impactful.

 

I feel that the beauty of Photography, is in its ability to give the Photographer the opportunity to capture a moment of time and light. Photography is not actual, everyday life. It is a subjective representation of our visual world. When done right...it is the Creative Image.

The Photographers who have inspired my work:

  • Edward Weston...The beauty that he could express through his mastery of composition and light.

  • Minor White...Compositions of shadow and light, went beyond the literal world.

  • Paul Strand...His Industrial scenes are always in my head as I wander the streets.

  • Ansel Adams...Of course! Who doesn't love Ansel? What I am still learning from Ansel, is that it takes a lot of work and dedication to be in the Right Place...at the Right Time.

  • Joel Meyerowitz...The one contemporary photographer here. His name caught my attention; his images influenced my eye. Street scapes, and colors can make the seemingly ordinary...extraordinary.

The large majority of my images are full-frame (not cropped). Presented here as I composed them in camera. My landscape photographs are created and designed to be displayed as large format prints.