Featured Artist Peter C. Brandt

Specializing in architectural art, Peter C. Brandt takes his images to another level. Enjoy his portfolio, and be sure to visit his website for more.

 

Glass Towers Soft

“Glass Towers Soft” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

One day I wondered what if I considered and dared to paint some part of my architectural photographs? Digitally painted by mouse! What was the message of the idea?

 

10th Avenue Cubist

“10th Avenue Cubist” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

By a distortion of the reality, our eyes need to stop, to have a thorough look. Will we notice what is there, without any unusual color painted on it? Does this not force us to examine what is there? Did we ever notice the texture of the buildings–the graphics, the design, the curves of curvilinear architecture? An unusual detail draws our attention and makes everything look different. My painted architecture hi-lights this idea.

 

Astor Square Reflection

“Astor Square Reflection” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

I shoot all digital now with a handheld camera; this allows me to move into the angle I feel is right for me. I use a Nikon D700 as well a Fujifilm HS-50. A shooting on a building may involve up to twenty to thirty images or sometimes as little as three or four.

 

CSQ Gwanthmey-3yr

“CSQ Gwanthmey-3yr” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

Selecting my final image is difficult yet automatic. I work with instinct but still I try to be open to other possibilities, maybe there’s something in another shot that I didn’t notice.

 

Chinese Mondrian

“Chinese Mondrian” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

The next step is to simplify and clean up the image. Is there a spark to high-light this one with color or leave as a simple graphic? When I do paint, I make myself relax, to stare and stop thinking, and allow myself to select a color and paint by instinct–no analysis!

 

Bard Flight

“Bard Flight” Digitally Painted Photography, Various Sizes

 

When I have a selected image, I print an 8.5 x 11,” then fine tune it and print an 13 x 19.” Later, if it is included in an exhibition, I’ll print a 24” x 36” or a 40” x 60” in limited editions of 10 in any size on archival ultra matte paper.

 

Guggenheim Blu-Yellow

“Guggenheim Blu-Yellow” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

My wish is two-fold. First, is that I would like to see my work which is photography digitally enhanced as art. Photography has always been an evolution from one medium to another; after all, the imagination is the origin of ideas and the printed image is the sharing of an artist’s ideas and feelings.

 

TWA Boat

“TWA Boat” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

Secondly, one day I would love to paint a real building. By this, I mean to apply plastic layers of color over the windows of a real building. These plastic layers would be perforated so tenants could see out, through the plastic layers.

 

Success 9 W 57th

“Success 9 W 57th” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

Look at my image of 9 West 57 Street. This is my spirit flying up into the sky!

 

St. Louis Brown-Yellow

“St. Louis Brown-Yellow” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

I started off at age nineteen in a photography studio with architectural accounts, and was assigned to photograph the construction of Montreal’s World Exhibition: “Man and His World, Expo’67” back in 1967. After shooting the ‘building of’ Expo, I got into shooting sectionals, abstracts of architecture, reductive images.

 

TWA Xmas

“TWA Xmas” Digitally Painted Photograph, Various Sizes

 

Even though I’ve passed thru many types and styles of photography shoots over the last 50 years, one thing remained constant…..shooting abstracts of architecture. Recently I recognized one of my characteristics; the ability of ‘pattern recognition’. It’s been part of me, and leads me to the need to record these patterns over and over. Naturally, the world’s architects leave me with endless patterns to recognize and capture.

 

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  1. Your artistic ideas are wonderful.

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