Hi! I am Stefan Radtke.
My art photography is contrasting my portrait and design photography where I photograph business leaders, celebrities, athletes or musicians for magazines and advertisers. You can see my commercial work here.
My photography artwork is inspired by the style of abstract expressionists and the color palettes of local landscapes. I am giving the audience room to interpret the work. Instead of actively telling a story, I let the audience take the photographs as an inspiration for their own stories.
The images are also about letting go of conventions and the classic rules of photography. They are an exploration of what is possible in photography.
In theory, making a photograph is about the correct combination of ISO, shutter speed and aperture, to create a perfect exposure. But you need to break rules to create something new. In my MOVED series I slow down the process and purposely move the camera during exposure to create painterly images of landscapes. In my commercial work I heavily rely on digital post- processing, but in my art photography the images are completely created in camera and not altered in Photoshop.
In my early photography career I had the opportunity to study under the famed photographer Amy Arbus, whose advice was “Try to let go!” My artwork has been very much inspired by that advice. It is about allowing things to happen and being in the moment to create something new.
My current bodies of work are abstracted views of local East-Coast landscapes. They are visions of local color and emotions.
My work is being collected in the US, Australia and Europe. My commercial work has been published in various magazines in the US and Europe.
Westchester through the Decades, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY 2015 – Group Show
Arcadia – Contemporary Landscapes, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY 2015 – Group Show
Dark Interior – Claudine Maidique Gallery, Yonkers, NY 2015 – Group Show
American Photographic Artists NY 2015 – Winner Landscape & Architecture