This series of 25 images focuses on a specific aspect of the Urban Landscape, exteriors of multiple grouped buildings, mostly commercial, with minimal surrounding context. These compositions intend to transform stark geometries into abstract surfaces revealing new and unexpected perspectives. The mathematical relationships among the buildings, the collisions of lines, the confusions of space and depth, the visual interactions of several structures at once, all are spellbinding.
Richard Greene's background as a musician has him interpreting architectural forms and their intersections as music, full of harmonies, counterpoint, fugue and cross rhythms, all captured in steel, brick, glass and concrete. Often this subject is shot as far back as possible to get the whole object in the frame. His abstractive approach hopes to create a temporary optical illusion of captivating lines and patterns, the image being only part of the world it extends into after the eye leaves the photo. His favorite images are the ones that at first the viewers don’t quite know what they are seeing.
LensCulture commented on his work. “Every single photo is dramatic, rich with possibility and evokes feelings of curiosity. Your juxtaposition of visual elements makes the photos visually poetic.”
Richard Greene brings to photography his own unique personal history. As a classical and bluegrass violinist his music career spanned nonstop from 1960 to 2013, touring the planet, cooped up in recording studios and teaching privately and in universities. Every day as a kid he practiced the violin and dipped his hands in darkroom chemicals. His heroes were Jascha Heifetz and and Edward Weston. After school he browsed local camera shops obsessed with the technology and fascinated by the beautiful books of Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, and many others, then home to practice. On weekends he pressed his trusty Skyflex Twin Lens Reflex into places where it shouldn’t be. Later the same with his fiddle, playing new stuff and taking chances.
Music and photography are both story telling art forms, composition, arranging and performance directly connect Richard to the importance of narrative in photography. In both art forms Greene stresses first of all emotional expression, play it hard, show it strong, while emphasizing innovation, technique and composition. Music composition is a direct analogue to photographic composition, both depend entirely on the artisticplacement of available or sometimes imagined elements. Both start before using the instrument, both start with seeing.
He is currently active in the Los Angeles Center of Photography and involved with many photographic organizations including The Palm Springs Photo Festival, American Photographic Artists-LA Chapter, American Society of Media Photographers, and Los Angeles Adobe User Group. His work has been seen in many dozens of exhibitions throughout the United States and he is the recipient of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Award, Exhibition and Traveling Tour.