Robert Bolla – Artist Showcase

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Robert Bolla has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Robert is an award-winning artist based in Missouri, USA. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 27th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his photographs to be showcased in this feature.

Robert’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Robert’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 photographs from his “The World Around Us” series that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Robert’s first experience in photography was when he was offered the opportunity to be mentored in the basics of film photography and darkroom techniques, including such archival techniques as wet plate photography and large format film photography. He carried this experience into his academic career as a biologist, using photography in his teaching and research, where he used photo and electron-microscopy and image analysis to study genetics.

Upon retirement, Robert moved to digital photography and the digital darkroom and focused on nature and street photography, areas in which he directs his viewer to see the relationship between the arts and sciences, and where he develops photos in the digital darkroom in monotone using archival techniques of film photography or in color, depending on the purpose of the story told.

Robert views the photograph as his “novel” to be read by the imagination of the viewer, and thus he crafts the photograph for this purpose. He is interested in showing how cultures may differ but are much the same. His work has been exhibited in physical and online galleries via competitions and in solo exhibits at St. Louis Artist Guild, Bradley University, Peoria Artist Guild, at EuroBiotech Poznan, Poland, and Solo Artist at Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, among others. He has been in curated exhibits and was awarded 3rd place in the 2022 Fall Exhibition at the International Photographic Hall of Fame and Museum. He is a featured artist at Camelback Galleries and has been Artist of the Month in Gallery Ring and Camelback galleries.

Artist Statement

The photograph is, in many ways, a pictorial novel. The photographer does not necessarily write the words, but rather establishes background and character; the imagination of the viewer does the rest. It has a purpose, and like a book, it becomes a storage place for ideas and events and a teaching tool. In my many years as a biologist, using photography as a research and teaching tool, I realized that there is a close relationship between science and the arts.

Clearly, photography can be used to teach this relationship. While the relationship is easily captured in nature photography, it can also be found in human societal and cultural differences. Thus, one of my goals is to use photography to show that even though cultures may differ, they are much the same and that we should see this sameness as we address worldly issues. I try to show this through photography of peoples in their native environment, involved in their daily tasks of living.

In my early mentoring in film photography, I was taught using archival techniques, working primarily in monotone. With the evolution of digital photography and the digital darkroom, I realized that street or candid photography better writes the pictorial novel. As such, I try to capture people as they would be and not posed as they might be, and while I still work in monotone, I also work in color, as this talks about the culture and cultural differences, often better showing the setting of the novel.

To learn more about Robert and to see more of his “The World Around Us” series of photographs, please visit his website.

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