Robert Buelteman

(b. 1954)

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Biography

Robert Buelteman has been working in photography since 1974. His first obsession was the land, working with black-and-white media in the tradition of the great Western landscape photographers. After several books and exhibitions across the United States, he chose to leave photographic tradition behind and began imaging living plants directly on film, using neither camera, nor lens, nor computer. These "light paintings,” executed through the careful application of high voltage electricity and fiber optic light have more in common with Japanese ink brush painting and improvisational jazz than they do with the contemporary practices in photography. Each delivery of light, like every brush stroke or note played is unrehearsed, and once released, cannot be undone.