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Raymond Bleesz

1st generation American of French Alsacian parents--grew up in rural Conn--Washington and the Cornwalls--early exposure to travel, photography, skiing, reading, camping, gardening are of interest, --I was a high school history teacher for advanced students and taught photography as an elective---have lived in Colo since 1970, consider myself a "histographer"--a fine art photographer----My photo work is primarily BW--My view of photography is as a Social Scientist--"People, Places, Events, Things--Reality in Essence with emphasis on Tranquility and Solitude, my Zeitgeist. The concept of "fact" which is expressed in my photos, ie, "History" stems from my graduate professors and is an element in my photography.

Clin D’Oeil, Colorado & The West Historia
Man’s Landscape, Man At Work, Remnants of Man and His Place In The Environment

My voice in photography, my Vox Humana, has been ongoing since 1976 when I made the decision to be a photographer rather than teaching photography to my high school students. I am interested in my Zeitgeist, time and place. It has been a lengthy road of self discovery, self education and constant work. My style has been documentation as well as portraiture with historical connotations noted, and at times with idiosyncrasies, dry humor, juxtapositions, dichotomies, parallels, out of context. The photo work is Humanitarian in style with “Reality in Essence, Tranquility and Solitude” which are elements within my prints. My educational background is that of a Social Scientist, a historian. The landscape is depicted showing Man was there, a landscape showing the remnants of Man. As well as Man himself in that environment. There is a degree of inconsistancy, out of norm view of Man’s legacy. My work follows the footpaths of numerous photographers ranging from William Henry Jackson, Atget, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Michael Disfarmer, Cunningham and more current photographers. The “New Topographics of the 60’s/70’s impacted me greatly as a photographer. The concept of “arte-factum”, a holdover from my graduate history professors, is evident in my prints.

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