Monday, September 22, 2008
Todd Oelze presents "Strokes of Light"
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Todd Oelze presents
Strokes of Light
An exhibition of abstract photography
Opening Reception: Friday, September 26 from 6 - 9
Saturday 9/27 from 11 - 9
Sunday 9/28 from 11 - 7
Monday and Tuesday 11 - 6
This exhibit is being held at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in the arts and cultural district of Columbia's downtown Vista area. To contact the gallery, please call (803) 252-6134. To contact Todd Oelze, please call (803)708.2839.
The Gallery's website is: www.gallery80808vistastudios.com
Todd Oelze's website is: http://toddophotos.com/
Todd's Artist Statement
Art is a form of expression that evokes a purely subjective reaction, both by the artist and the beholder. I approach my work with optimism and do my utmost to create visually interesting images, with the added bonus of having the potential to evoke emotion or stir the sensibilities of an audience.
Todd's Statement for this fine art photography exhibition:
Strokes of Light is a result of my recent endeavor to produce digital photographs that convey movement, while accentuating color and displaying the illusion of depth. I achieve this look by employing uncommon camera and lighting techniques, while keeping post-production effects to a minimum. My ultimate goal is to establish a recognizable style that I believe is extremely difficult to accomplish in photography. This collection of photographs is my first step in achieving this vision.
Todd Oelze's biography:
Todd was born in Englewood, NJ, but lived the majority of his life in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with B.S in Communication, with a concentration on film and video production. Todd was also extensively involved in still photography during college, participating in a variety of shows. He also functioned as the staff photographer for the university publication “The Tomahawk”.
Late in 2006, Todd made a significant decision to change careers and left his job in the electric utility industry. He began a digital photography business, which focused primarily on event and portrait photography. In 2007, Todd and his family decided to leave South Florida and relocate to Blythewood, SC, just outside of Columbia.
After settling in, Todd shifted his interest to the world of digital fine art photography. “I came to the conclusion that in order to be successful in photography, one has to produce images that people haven’t seen before,” said Todd. “I’ve always been fascinated by the abstract and impressionist painters and decided that there was no reason why I couldn’t produce photographs in that style.” It should be noted that Todd’s images are actual photographs, not computer generated images. Todd added, “I take great pride in the fact that I apply very little post-production techniques to my photographs.”
Examples of Todd’s work can be found on his website www.toddophotos.com.