CHRIS BRANDSTETTER

I am a photographer of my surroundings as I see it, and I feel that life should be captured in moments to remember. I have enjoyed shooting pictures for over 35 years. I took an interest in photography during my high school years that led me to studying it in school, working several processes of the darkroom in a professional lab, to studying techniques learned in the classroom and lab and applying them to my art. I work with the elements in a natural outdoor or urban setting without any photoshopping and enjoy the challenge of making something out of nothing. I try to make the most mundane, overlooked subjects, come to life and like to view what I see as not the most typical view yet a different view.
 

REVIEW BY B. HANSON

Loved this exhibit! These pictures are profound on so many levels. Some have more than one picture. Where you are led further inside to another image, either because of the light beyond an opening, or by the shapes that frame an opening. Or even by a reflection of the image in water, revealing another view of the same picture. I'm also struck by the contrast of things that "shouldn't be" but are. Like walls that are breached (something solid and permanent that yet is not). Or floors that are breached and lying open. The opposite of what a floor or wall should be. And I love the pure contrast in some pictures. Like the Packard Plant broken windows, all destroyed and brutalized but with lacy delicate plants growing around it.

 

The photos are profound in another way. They have a respectful quality that capture the almost religious feeling that these types of ruins evoke. These giant factories and infrastructure were in a way temples of industry and commerce. A place where tens and hundreds of thousands of people built things and earned a livelihood over many years. The Packard photos especially, and the railroad tunnels, give off a feeling of huge robustness mixed with their sadness. Turns one's thoughts to, in a larger sense, what happens to a civilization when it decays over time. Asks us whether everything regenerates (or at least whether everything transforms into another use. Like the solid brick factory spaces transforming to graffiti art).

One more note. I think this type of subject matter is often most revealing in black and white, to see textures like brick and stone. But you changed my mind. Your wonderful use of color reveals more in these pictures than black and white could. Thank you for bringing them!

Rusted Doors

Rusted Doors

March 2018 Picture Size: 16 x 20 Vertical Frame Size: H 28.5 x W 20 5/8

Crucifix Necklace

Crucifix Necklace

April 2017 Picture Size - 16 x 20 Vertical Frame Size - H 28.5 x W 20 5/8

Puddle Reflection

Puddle Reflection

March 2018 Picture Size - 16 x 20 Horizontal Frame Size - W 28.5 x 20 5/8

Burned Out Staircase

Burned Out Staircase

March 2018 Picture Size - 16 x 20 Vertical Frame Size - H 28.5 x W 20 5/8

Broken Windows

Broken Windows

March 2018 Picture Size - 16 x 20 Vertical Frame Size - H 28.5 x W 20 5/8

Window View

Window View

March 2018 Picture Size - 16 x 20 Horizontal Frame Size - W 28.5 x H 20 5/8

Hole in the Floor

Hole in the Floor

March 2018 Picture Size - 16 x 20 Horizontal Frame Size - W 28.5 x H 20 5/8

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