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I am Jack Rosenberg, a retired orthodontist who has always had a love of photography. I marveled at the magic of putting what I saw in the world onto paper and the Zen-like feeling that the darkroom had for me, while I was developing my images. I am slowly getting that same sensation with the digital software that is available today.
As an orthodontist, a dentist if you will, I had an eye for details and small parts of the whole. I enjoyed putting the little things together to make one large thing. This visual attraction to the smaller parts of the whole has carried over to many of my images. I guess a love of puzzles made abstraction a passion. At times, I am not sure what I started with to produce the abstract image, but that’s the fun part … looking at it and wondering what it is, or should I say was, before I worked on it. Sometimes, the abstract image fully appears in a common place, like in peeling paint, or reflections in rippling water, or even a simple windswept beach.
I travel quite a bit and many of my journeys have been documented in my work. I keep getting drawn to doors, windows and walls in foreign lands. (As a native New Yorker, everything outside of NY is a foreign land!) I prefer to be non-specific in my choices of photographic themes and therefore my images tend to be quite eclectic. I love to see saturated, bright colors and this is reflected in my images. I also try to see the colors in my black and white (or monochrome) images. To me, the shadows and highlights of a monochrome image can, with certain subjects be much more powerful than a color image of the same subject.
I believe that art should take you somewhere; take you to an imaginary place or time that doesn’t exist, but makes your imagination start revving and searching for a time or place that only is in your mind as a viewer of the image. My images, at times, are a bit “gritty” in texture and color, but I feel this adds to the mystery and beauty of the image.