What the heart does not feel, the eye can never see…” – P. Sainath
Bart Aldrich grew up in southern California, lived in Hawaii for fifteen years, Hong Kong for four years and downtown San Diego for seven before settling in the Coachella Valley in 2003 where he works and shows his work from his home.
Bart sank his photography roots in wet darkrooms doing b&w in the early 70′s. Then, while living in Hong Kong in the 90′s and on subsequent visits, his love for the region blossomed and by 1998 he had visited and photographed more than a dozen southeast Asian countries. Still working exclusively with transparency films, he honed his eye for the heart of a location and it’s native people and his lifelong interest in photography evolved into a passion for the art form. Many of his most memorable images during this period are compiled and published in his book: “Through My Lens: A Visual Journey Across Asia”. Several of Bart’s photos have also been published as book covers, while others have been published in numerous magazines in the US, Europe and Asia.
Today Bart, having switched to a digital workflow, is taking inspiration from a wide range of visual sources to create memorable images known for their vibrant colors and clarity of design. By combining photography with his abstract paintings, Bart is able to venture into a whole new frontier of abstract art photography. Here he employs portions of his own paintings and/ or photographic images of found objects into strikingly unique and beautiful new compositions. Calling this technique Photo-Painting, he finds it has added a new dimension to capturing and creating an ever more imaginative landscape of color, form and emotion.
A Bold New Look
Bart continues to evolve not only in his photographic style but also innovative mounting presentations. Many of Bart’s images are mounted on custom wood frames finished in polyurethane epoxy, or on brushed metals sealed in acrylic or laminates. These unique and unusual framing styles achieve a bold new aesthetic and stunning presentation for Bart’s images.