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Abstract Architectural
Richard Greene

This series focuses on a specific aspect of the Urban Landscape, exteriors of multiple grouped buildings, mostly commercial, with minimal surrounding context. These compositions intend to transform stark geometries into abstract surfaces revealing new and unexpected perspectives. The mathematical relationships among the buildings, the collisions of lines, the confusions of space and depth, the visual interactions of several structures at once, all are spellbinding.

My background as a musician has me interpreting architectural forms as music, full of harmonies, counterpoint, fugue and cross rhythms, all captured in steel, brick, glass and concrete.

Often this subject is shot as far back as possible to get the whole object in the frame. My abstractive approach hopes to create a temporary optical illusion of captivating lines and patterns, the image being only part of the world it extends into after the eye leaves the photo. I hope at first you don’t quite know what you are seeing.

This series won a Portfolio Award in the 2018 San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition.

- Richard Greene

Richard Greene brings to photography a unique personal history. As a trained classical violinist and Bluegrass Fiddle Master his career as a touring musician, recording artist and educator spanned non–stop from 1960 to 2013. All of his life starting as a young teenager he has been obsessed with photography, from bathroom/darkroom 2¼ x 2¼ black and white and color film to today’s digital revolution. He avidly collected books by the masters recognized at that time: Cartier–Bresson, Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston and browsed countless others in local camera shops every day after school.

Richard’s four primary musical goals have always been expression, innovation, technique and composition. In applying exactly these same intentions to his photography he finds that musical and photographic composition are quite the same, both depend entirely on the artistic placement of available or sometimes imagined elements. The creation of both music and photography starts before using the instrument, both start with seeing.

He is active in the Los Angeles Center of Photography and involved with many photographic organizations including The Palm Springs Photo Festival, American Photographic Artists-LA Chapter, and American Society of Media Photographers. His work has been seen in many dozens of exhibitions throughout the United States.

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