Carl often says: “Anyone can point a digital camera or cell phone at something and get a ‘pretty good picture’. But that does not make art. Art comes from deep inside and the techniques used to relate your vision”. When Carl was five his mother sat him on the couch, played classical music and told him that if he closed his eyes he could “see” the music. He did, and he did. That experience brought Carl, many years later, to follow Thoreau’s thought that “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Carl says he thinks of photography as his “brush and canvas” with which he renders his vision of what lies before him “as I choreograph a three-partnered dance between my creative soul, my lens, and the subject. In short, I seek to capture and interpret life’s visual symphonies, one click at a time.”
Carl uses photography to create an interpretive, artistic expression that falls somewhere between a “traditional” photograph and an abstract painting, and to do so using techniques that are, if not exclusively then certainly primarily, “in camera” using compositional choices and a variety of photographic techniques to produce his own interpretation of his subjects. His work is probably best characterized as being most frequently abstract or interpretive in nature, and when he deals with a more traditional approach, he portrays it through his own unique vision.
To a large extent, Carl’s photographs consist of three different images: the raw material that is the literal subject matter of the image that my camera captures; what he sees and senses – and seeks to portray – when he sees and experiences that subject matter and uses his camera to interpret it; and what the viewer sees when looking at printed image. Those may be three very distinct views of what is, essentially, rooted in the same thing. “That”, says Carl, “is stimulating art. And that is the greatest part of what draws me to the camera.”
Carl’s work appears frequently in local and regional galleries as a featured artist and in solo exhibitions in and around Burlington, VT, Lake Placid, NY and other North Country venues, and in juried group shows in galleries from time to time, and has also been exhibited in galleries in the Berkshires and Rockland County, NY. His work has been published and featured many times in Black and White Magazine, and has been published in Adirondack Life and Seven Days VT. Carl has taught workshops in photography at Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY and at the Shelburne Art Center in Shelburne, VT. He is represented by Burlington City Arts in their Art Sales and Art Leasing programs and his work is regularly exhibited at NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, Saranac Lake, NY and Legacy Arts in Nyack, NY.
Learn more about Carl, and to see his work and listing of current and prior exhibitions visit www.carlrubinophotography.com and see his frequent Instagram posts of new and upcoming work at www.instagram.com/carlrubinophotography