"Ethereal Luminescence" is an ongoing series of abstract, expressionistic
photographs that was started in the summer of 2012 at a light show and continued
at fireworks shows, urban street scenes and amusement parks. They are not
intended to be photographs of something, they are something.
mission as a fine art photographer is to stir people's emotions with compelling,
beautiful images. Through its abstraction, these photographs capture the
drama and excitement of the vibrant and colorful public places that we enjoy
so much. The illustration of high energy motion with colored light using
still photography creates a fusion of dynamic beauty illustrating the emotional
exhilaration and pleasure that people experience at these events.
critic, Renee Phillips, called them, " ...a mesmerizing symphonic explosion
of color, light and motion. He takes viewers on other-worldly journeys through
space and time and preserves those magical, ephemeral, fleeting moments
that make our hearts beat faster and our spirits soar."
Luminescence" began at a botanical garden in the woods, at night, where
people were viewing a light show and it evolved into capturing those feelings
at many public events that use dramatic lighting. The first representational
images were not beautiful or magical in any way and forced me to do some
challenging experiments with camera technique. After many tests, the magic
began to happen and became clearly visible on the back of the camera as
colorful abstractions. Amazed show goers volunteered their comments. "Wow!"
"What is that?" "This is magic!" "How did you do
that?" "I can't believe the color!" "These don't look
like photographs!" Recently, art critic, Anne R. Fabbri, exclaimed
... "Peter Treiber, with his 'Eternal Luminescence' series, doesn't
attempt to explain how he captured his dynamic, abstract compositions in
vivid, pulsating colors. But viewing them raises one's energy level
just what's needed for a post-holiday ennui."
four years of shooting 60 events, there are now more than 10K images in
this series. The numerous, colorful and popular gatherings make people feel
good and these "Ethereal Luminescence" images express those feelings
in a way that can be shared with many, forever.
of my most recent exhibit creations dissect the photographic image into
its basic elemental colors, cyan magenta and yellow. While the visual effect
is red, blue and green. Others heighten the bold saturated colors with neon
accents including kinetic (beaded) neon.
are some comments on my recently finished, award winning New Arts
Program' solo show.
Higgins, when reviewing the show, said, ..."Starbursts and waves of
pure light coalesce into visualized galaxies. The stylized photographs of
Peter Treiber bring to mind something between electron microscopy, the painterly
abstraction of Modernism, a trip through time and space or the climactic
scene of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Schira said, ..."these seem to be more portraits of energy than of
any real objects. Intensely colorful and abstracted to near unrecognizability,
they carry an impression of incessant swirling motion within an indeterminate
mental space of light trails and glowing forms."
Technical notes: All but one of these photographs were made as single exposures
with a high resolution digital camera and only minimum color corrections
and cropping were made during post production.
B. Treiber, Photographer