Robb Johnson

Featured in:
Silvershotz ~ Folios 2008


   

Tree Shadows on a Wall in Tuscana

Schulenburg Baptist Church
   

 
A Patio in Rome


Two Oaks in Moonlight
   

Hammock

Five Trees in Fog
   

The Muse's Garden




A Road Less Traveled, 2004

Artist's Biography
Robb Johnson creates haunting and mysterious black and white photographs reminiscent of the chiaroscuro style of the old Italian masters. The unusual atmospheric conditions he finds by photographing in the dark of night imbue his photographs with mystery. He sets a stage where the actors seem to have just stepped off or have yet to arrive for some unknown drama. Johnson’s photographs evoke a world where the viewer is free to explore with his or her own emotions and awareness – a drama unbeknownst but to them. Robb was a scholarship student at Art Center College of Design and earned a BFA in Photography. He worked in advertising photography for over 20 years, specializing in creating visual environments for national hotels with his wife Dale. He decided to turn his visual focus inward and pursue his art for himself.  His work has been featured in B&W Magazine, Spotlight and B&W Single
Image for 2006, 2007 and 2008 and is currently shown in the Art of Photography Show in San Diego, California.


Artist Statement ~ Along the Way
Along the Way is an ongoing body of work comprised of allegorical landscapes of a journey which is not linked to any specific place; nor do they need to be. The landscapes could exist just as easily in a dream scene as in the real world. What is the real world? What is a dream? Quatum Physicists have discovered that our reality or world as we know it, is not what it appears to be. Sir John Eckles, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine several years ago, made a statement, "I want you to understand that there are no colors in the real world. That there are no textures in the real world. There are no fragrances in the real world. There is no beauty, there is no ugliness. Nothing of the sort. Out there is a chaos of energy soup and energy fields. Literally. We take that and somewhere inside ourselves we create a world. Somewhere inside ourselves in all happens." The journey of our life. William Shakespheare wrote: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances." We are either the principal player in our drama or a supporting player or even a bit player in someone else's play. We create our reality, which is our stage to where we live our lives; Along the Way - our journey - our play. I set the stage where players seem to have just stepped off or have yet to arrive for some unknown drama. As children, we always had questions like: "Where was I before I was born? What am I doing here? Where am I going?" We are all on a journey. Along the Way, our private experiences, curiosity, inquiry and selectivity are involved in our personal interpretation of events. These shape and create our reality. Our drama on our stage. The images I create evoke a world where the viewer is free to explore with his or her own emotions and awareness - a drama - unbeknownst but to them.
~ Robb Johnson, 2009

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Robb Johnson

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