The collective is excited to host a new artistic talent at Clique XVIII on 20 September 2015!
Robert Blume, the artist behind Eye For Me Eye For You Photography (EFME4Y), is a captivating talent. The 23 year old is a transplant to San Diego from the NYC area where he started making a name for himself at small galleries throughout the city. Like so many before him, Rob was drawn to the beautiful oasis that is SD in search of new surroundings and inspiration for his work. (His collection of photos from his cross country trip will knock you off your feet!)
If Rob’s composition is not impressive enough for you, keep in mind that all his photos are released using #nofilter. He does not use any photo manipulation software or perform any edits. The images you see are as the artist viewed them when the shot was taken. I invited Rob to share with us some thoughts on his work and what he sees for the future of photography in a tech-savvy world:
Your photos are very compelling! But I know that with talent also comes hard work. How did you get started?
Thank you! I started to experimenting with photography in 2005 and began to try to make something ordinary seem beautiful with the correct lighting, angle, and mood. I loved the idea of collecting a certain moment in time and making it your own.
Are there any major influences to your work?
Music is very a very big influence, it's makes me feel more ambitious and creative to go out and shoot or think of new ideas or places to that would be right for my style.
How would you describe your style? Would you say it has changed over time?
I consider my style more dark and illusive. There is a distinct mood for the photos I take, depending on what the subject is. I do not usually involve any live models or wedding photos, I prefer to shoot abstract textures, dark, but appealing to most simple and creative art lovers. I've had my style for a long time, but the only thing that has changed over time was the quality of imagery.
I see that you often work with nature motifs. What motivates or inspires your work?
Honestly other photographers my age inspire me. There is so many other styles out there, and I love seeing what other people are taking photos of.
We live in an age of Photoshop, Instagram, Photocandy – a seemingly never-ending list of photo manipulation programs. Any person with a creative itch can get on a computer or smartphone can create an artistic design in minutes. What do you think this means for the future of professional photography? Where do you see yourself fitting in this future?
I think it is pretty unsatisfying to see the world of photography become so "adjusted" to the editing programs and specific manipulations. I do not find it completely necessary to edit photos taking the photo at specific time and place makes it more unique rather than manipulating it and letting your editing skills take the credit. Unfortunately, the authenticity is no longer around for most photographers. I don't see myself in this category because I try to make my photos as perfect as possible before printing it...without editing of course.
For more about Rob's work, visit his artist pages:
Some of Robs work will also be on display at Clique XVIII on Sunday, 20 September from 11am-5pm at the Lafayette Hotel. See you there!