We've asked all of our participating artists and craftspersons to respond to a host of questions - as a way for you to get to know them better. Today starts our series on our artists, please enjoy.
We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Bob Lott.
Do you have one piece that you are most proud of, and why: The piece I am most proud of is “Graffiti Underground”, pictured below on the left. This image was captured at an old coal terminal in Philadelphia. This image gets a lot of discussion in my shows because of its depth & color and has sold, in various sizes, 64 times, becoming my signature image. “Graffiti at Sunrise”, pictured on the right, is another image captured at this site, which has won 2 awards: 1st place at a mixed show in central Philadelphia and 2nd place at the boardwalk show in Ocean City, NJ.
Where do you find inspiration for your work? I take inspiration from the beauty and mystery in nature, landscapes and urban decay all around us.
What started you on this artistic endeavor? About 2 years before retirement I started photographing my youngest daughter’s volleyball play. She eventually moved on and my photography evolved to nature, landscapes and urban decay.
What is your favorite part of the artistic process? I enjoy capturing images, but the image coming out of the camera becomes the starting point for my finished images. I really enjoy using various software (Lightroom, Photoshop and various plug-ins) to provide the more artistic nature of my finished images. I let the image coming out of the camera to determine how I use the various software to finish it.
When I grow up I want to … be successful at creating and selling (in shows and on-line) fine art photography prints.
Where did you learn your craft? I learned my photography by attending a few workshops, but am mostly self-taught by reading and experimenting. I have had the good fortune of doing computer-related work starting in graduate school and continuing throughout my career at DuPont. These skills have been very helpful in using the various software to create my finished images.
If I were given 3 more hours each day … I might relax more.
If I were not involved in photography … I might try my hand at painting.
My artist statement is … "I seek out scenes which allow creation of a conversation among light, color and texture to show both the beauty as well as mystery in nature, landscapes and the urban decay all around us. I frequently utilize multiple images, captured by varying shutter speed (from dark to light), combined in software during post-processing to capture the full dynamic range and depth of a scene as observed by the human eye."
For more information on Bob, please visit his website.