IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO SEE HOW THINGS CAN LEAD TO ANOTHER, AND HOW SOMETHING CAN EVOLVE INTO SOMETHING BETTER. TO TRANSFORM AND TO TRANSCEND. BOB BURKHARDT WAS INTRODUCED TO PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH HIS WORK AS GRAPHIC DESIGNER. AND WITHOUT ANY TRAINING HE MASTERED THE TECHNIQUE BY HIMSELF AND FINE TUNED IT INTO THE SUBLIME FORM OF ART HE CREATES TODAY. TRANSFORM AND TRANSCEND. CHANGE AND EXCEED.
Some weeks ago we presented you a series of photographs by J.Cassoni. The short mention in that article that his work would be exhibited in pb&j, a local art gallery in Atlanta, brought us in contact with another photographer who participated in that same show: Bob Burkhardt. One look at his work convinced us that we couldn’t keep this from you. And while working with Bob to get this piece together, we found out that he was not only an other photographer participating. No, Bob Burkhardt is also the proud owner of that very same pb&j.
The pb&j gallery is a contemporary, affordable art gallery for the emerging collector, offering photography, painting, collage and sculpture. With art openings every six weeks and a permanent collection, you would thin it gives the owners, Bob Burkhardt and Jack Simonetta, enough to do to fill their days. But it seems that when it comes to art, whether collecting, providing or creating, you can always find more time. Time that Bob spends in creating his own photographic art.
Bob Burkhardt has worked more than 30 years in graphic design before he retired from that job in order to focus solely on his photography and the management of the pb&j gallery. He never enjoyed any professional training in the art of photography and claims he still has a lot to learn, but his experience in design and in working with other artists for the gallery has given him a sublime look on compositions and light. In other words, Bob Burkhardt has transformed himself into an excellent photographer. Something that could only have happened because photography is not a job for Bob. It is his passion.
Bob Burkhardt started working as a photographer abut 10 years ago. Initially much of that time was spent shooting landscapes, flowers and architecture. He always dabbled with shooting nudes, but never seriously pursued that interest until a model agency approached him 2 yeas ago. It took only one session before he was completely hooked. “My graphic design background draws me to create clean, crisp imagery,” Bob comments on his work. “Light, and the way it interacts with a subject, fascinates me. My focus is on details, whether capturing a mood or following that alluring trace of light as it disappears sensuously down a subject’s back.” As with all artist, Bob Burkhardt has his idols as well. He finds inspiration in the works by George Hurrell, John Todaro, Maya Guez and Todd Hido. Like these renowned photographers, Robert Burkhardt strives to lure the viewer into his work, whether it is flowers, landscapes architecture or the human form. Always transforming his subject to an outstanding visual. –BM-
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