LLOYD LEMMERMANN joins a centuries-long practice of artists’ self-portraiture, initiated for personal reasons yet often revealing universal themes.
LLOYD LEMMERMANN experiences and interprets the landscape in unconventional and disturbing ways.
LLOYD LEMMERMANN makes extended portraits, seeking his place among others and hinting at stories outside the frame.
LLOYD LEMMERMANN pushes beyond the expectations of floral imagery into surprise, sensation and abstraction.
BORED AND DISSATISFIED with years of chasing film-based monochrome landscape masters, and pursuing only certain “correct” subjects and treatments, I broke my unspoken rules and followed color, curiosity and pleasure to the apparent simplicity of cut flowers and discovered abstraction, mystery, sensuality and surprise.
LLOYD LEMMERMANN visualizes surprising aspects of landscapes, evoking beauty and tension in the same frame.
LLOYD LEMMERMANN strips away object-centric photographic expectation, rendering only light, shadow, color and space.
DIGITAL SENSORS, computer precision, and modern lens design suggest a dangerous fallacy of attainable perfection that is tiresome and creatively limiting. Stuck in this loop, I asked: What if I explore only light, color, shape, and mystery? There is no “there” there, there is no-thing. This abstract expression is delightfully freeing.
IN 1995 during a one-on-one review of my photography, prominent 20th century photographer Ruth Bernhard paused, struck by my unique handmade book entitled Love and Fear. After what was for me a surprising speechless eternity, she looked at me directly and said slowly, for emphasis: “You could spend the rest of your life using these personal and universal emotions in your photography. This is important work. Don’t ever stop.”
By this time I had been working successfully as both a fine art and an institutional photographer for nearly 15 years. Having someone as revered as Bernhard – whose friends and influences included Edward Weston, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock – radically transformed how I saw myself as an artist.
Even now, nearly 30 years after Bernhard’s affirming and life-altering encouragement, I continue to photograph to transcend my frequent confusion, anxiety and discomfort about love and fear.