the unusual in nature... rick byerly's fine art photography
email rick here: rgb(AT)rickbyerly.com
there are hundreds of millions of cameras in the world.
why take the time to look at my images?
ice figure (conglacio statuarius)
images should really speak for themselves as to their uniqueness and concepts.
isn't that the point of photography?
ice figure (out of water)
most people understandably want the recognizable in photography,
whether it's people, landscapes and the like.
bryce canyon (#1965)
the closest i come to that is finding odd shapes and faces
rock face (face it han)
is it always about faces in nature?
yellowstone thermal water (frozen in motion)
a texture can be compelling in of itself
yellowstone thermal water (streaming)
i am passionate about removing frames of reference
and looking for the unusual in nature
yellowstone thermal water (thermal reflected #0349)
you use a digital slr and photoshop everything, right?
yellowstone thermal water (green hot)
all of my work from 2008 to 2012 is about photographing in the right light
while sometimes increasing contrast and the like with the end result the same darkroom processes.
photography, whether film or digital, from beginning to end is about manipulation
so it is a matter of to what degrees.
the end result should be what matters the most
bryce canyon (#1462)
in many cases no adjustments whatsoever have been made
whether it's in camera or post production
bryce canyon (#1533)
art photographers find themselves in a catch 22 a lot of the time
with people at large and the "art world"
yellowstone thermal water (#1121)
authentic artists of other mediums concentrate on what moves them
yellowstone thermal water (distortion)
not what conventional wisdom dictates
yellowstone thermal water (#1234, gold ghost)
i focus on a pattern, movement, or texture unlikely to repeat itself in nature.
yellowstone thermal water (#0051)
our eyes are trained
to see the conventional too often
and some things are just too odd to pass up
bryce canyon soul (#2158)
life's too predictable
to be so obvious
mud pot from yellowstone (mud dance)
rick byerly can be reached at 412-400-3778
or email rick here: rgb(AT)rickbyerly.com
you can also check out Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone images.
Black and White Texture Photography can be found here.
*my more traditional websites with options to purchase online or over the phone are:
and check out images from his hawaiian volcanic trek here.
thanks for your time
Rick's primary passion and goal with photography is to seek out the unusual in nature and offer it in a seldomly accessed way. In removing frame of reference for a particular part of nature he zooms in and captures texture, light, color, and movement for the purpose of bringing forth previously unseen images. Photography conventionally lends itself to what people can easily reference or identify with. This is far from what drives Rick to a camera and to the unusual in the natural world. The unusual can range from patterns in bacteria colored thermal waters in Yellowstone to longer exposures of wind crazed snowflakes in a storm on a street.
He trained at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and is an artist member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. All of Rick's photography prints follow archival standards and are all part of limited edition series. With few exceptions most prints are part of a one time series of 50, some 25.
I elevate the smaller elements in the natural world to center stage, illuminating patterns of light, texture and motion amidst the unusual in nature.
Exhibit Information for Rick Byerly:
Surface and Rigor at Mendelson Gallery, February 4-March 18, 2011 Regular Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5 pm. 5874 Ellsworth Ave, Pgh PA 15232 412.361.8664.
A Tradition of Innovation, an Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Centennial Exhibit at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's 15 Minutes Art Gallery. Exhibit runs February 1 through April 1, 2010. 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412.687.2700.
January 2010 Group Exhibit, Cultural District Gallery Crawl, Harris Theater, Pittsburgh, PA.
“Innovation Lives Here” exhibition, a juried exhibit, 15 Minutes Gallery, September 15, 2009- January 2010, Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412.687.2700
In October 2009, The Pittsburgh Technology Council purchased my large print titled, 10 Second Pittsburgh, and presented it to Google CEO Eric Schmidt for his involvement in G20 related activities in Pittsburgh, PA.
Auction for the Botanic Garden of Western Pennsylvania , Friday, October 16, 2009 at J. Verno Studios on the South Side
October 2008 to October 2009 exhibit at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts Shady Side Academy Senior School, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238. My prints were the first to be shown at the center.
The 2nd Annual and Tech Exhibit, 15 Minutes Gallery, Pittsburgh Technology Council, a juried exhibit from June 18 to August 31, 2009.
Fe Gallery 5 Year Celebration and Auction Friday May 15, 2009 from 8pm-12am
The 21st Annual Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art, Persad Auction at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Monday • May 11, 2009
In The Making: 250 Years/250 Artists, Fe Gallery in Lawrenceville, Sept 12, 2008 thru Jan 10, 2009, Pgh, PA.
Silver Eye New Works Gallery, Juried 2 artist Fellowship exhibit, November 5 -29, 2008, Pgh, PA.
Benedum Visual Arts Center, solo show at Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, PA, October 10 thru Nov 18, 2008.
South Side Works Exposed Art and Music Festival July 11,12,13, 2008. Juried market artist, Pgh, PA.
Monroeville Public Library, 2 person exhibit, July 5-25,2008, Monroeville, PA.
Fein Art Gallery Pittsburgh 150-250 Juried Group Exhibit, April 25-June 6, 2008, Pgh, PA.
Modernformations Gallery and Performance Space Spring 2008 Salon, Pittsburgh, PA.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Earth and Fire, a juried Assoc Artists of Pittsburgh exhibit. March 13 through April 14, 2008.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Through AAP Eyes, a juried Assoc Artists of Pittsburgh exhibit. February 8 through March 9, 2008.
Featured in Debris Magazine, January 2008
U.S. Steel Tower September-November 21, 2007 Solo Show at Photo Forum, Pittsburgh, PA.
Imagebox Gallery August 2007 "Blue Ice and Figures" Solo Show. Pgh, PA.
Garfield Artworks July 2007 "Figure and Ground", 3 Person Exhibit, Pgh, PA.
Modernformations Gallery and Performance Space Spring 2007 Salon, Pgh, PA.
Silver Eye Center for Photography June-September 2007 Group Show, Through the Looking Glass, Pgh, PA.