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Brian C. Record - Photographic Artist

Framing a subject in the viewfinder of my first Brownie camera was fun for me even as a young teenager.  My father took my exposed film to a photo lab which magically transformed each shot to images on paper.  I was delighted to be able to capture the same views I had seen through my camera just days before.

In 1966 my artistic life changed dramatically after I took a basic photography class at the University of Utah:  I saw everything in the world differently because I realized I could use photographic techniques to express my emotions.  Before, I had the mind of an artist, but finally in my early twenties, I found my medium of expression, too!

I was satisfied with nothing less than the best and invested in the best cameras, equipment, and materials.  I continued to study and experiment so my camera would become a natural extension of my creative mind.

Photographic images are made from the lines, forms, spaces, textures, shades, and colors which I see through my camera viewfinder.  After choosing a compelling subject, I carefully frame and compose these elements to fortify the emotions and story of my selected scene.  This increases the viewer's potential to understand the feelings and ideas I experienced when capturing the original image.

For more than forty years I have used these skills in every type of photographic job I could find.  I drove, flew, or hiked to capture images from above, on, and under the earth.  Photography has allowed me opportunities I otherwise would have missed.  I especially loved photographing musicians during live performances because their musical vibrations seemed to fuse with my images of them.

Sometimes I made photographs which were restricted by the needs of my customers.  Otherwise, I created photographic images for my expressive needs as an artist with the hope of sharing them with other people.

The activities during my photographic career have added significant measures of meaning, excitement, and happiness to my life.  I anticipate continuing to experience the spark of joy that accompanies the moment I press the camera button after feeling, “I captured the moment just right.”

Photographic Art

by Brian C. Record

What qualifies as "art" remains controversial and is a matter of definition and perception.  But, as a practical necessity, I define “art” as a work that elicits more emotion than indifference.

Therefore, photography can be art when emotion is the prime guide to the production and perception of a work and where enough skill is used to engender the intended feelings in the viewer.

Though photographs actually permit us to see only within their borders, their content has the potential to broaden our insight and enliven our senses.  When a photographer selects a scene which elicits emotion, then is able to create an image that communicates the essence of those feelings, this person has created “photographic art.”

The art of dynamic photography requires two complementary parts: a compelling subject and strong composition.  The subject and view chosen for each shot must entice basic interest.  Then strong and coherent use of basic visual elements must enhance the story for effective impact on the viewer.

Using skillful darkroom and printing techniques and materials are essential to the integrity of the final photograph, too.

Brian C. Record, Photographer


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