A little bit about h.butz
Why you must come to my gallery show

I am an artist exhibiting at galleries and shows throughout New York and Long Island.

If you would like to model for a photograph, please visit hbutz.com

You have come here in search of the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How for gallery exhibition.

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Who: h.butz. That's me. I am a fine-art photographer from Long Island. I specialize in nudes. Jokingly, I say that nude photography chose me; I did not choose to do nude photography. It's a hobby which turned into an obsession which turned into an art show. Some of my gallery shows include The Hampton's, World Fine Art Gallery in SoHo, as well as SoHo Photo in Tribeca. Art for me is something I need to do. Although my passion is nude photography I have dabbled in landscapes as well.

What: Art exhibitions are great. The photographs you are looking at are restricted to the resolution of your computer monitor. When you view a photograph in a gallery you see the images at roughly 5-6x better resolution. The technology of your color monitor cannot come close to representing the beauty of a real up-close photograph for reasons which I will not dive into now. I choose some of my best photographs, hung them on the wall of the gallery, and I am asking everyone to come down to have a look - for free. There's free parking. There's free food (wine 'n cheese, typically) at the reception. It's just a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

Where and when: Stop by Twitter feed for the latest information on exhibitions, shows, and photo shoots.

Why: Art galleries provide a way for you to interact with the art and the reception allows you to interact with the artist. For artists, it's a chance to bring our art to life and introduce it to the world. For patrons and collectors it is a chance to expose yourself to fresh ideas. All photographs are available for sale for those wishing to bring home a souvenir at the end of the show.

How: Photography has always been the black sheep of the art world. With the introduction of digital photography it has become even less of an "art" and more of a craft. When Adobe introduced a piece of software called Photoshop, abandon all hope of photography being taken seriously. What I have done is to use digital photography, combined with mirrors, lights, and live models to produce a distorted reality. No computer manipulation was used to create these photographs i.e. Photoshop was not used to produce these distortions.

So, what's happening today? Below is my schedule which, thanks to the magic of "Cloud Technology," maintains synchronization with my iPhone's appointment calendar. Hey - if you see a dentist appointment coming up be sure to drop me an email to let me know, ok? Gallery openings aka artist receptions is for you, the public to come in and mingle with the artists. It's cool, like getting a backstage pass except rather than music it's art. If you don't like crowds, come on down when the place is open and browse. We don't bite.

If you're a rich art collector, political figure, or V.I.P. drop me a note and I'll give you a private screening off-hours, 7am on the weekends works best for me. Send the limo to pick me up.

 


 


 

 
 


The Four Seasons

by h.butz
  Please stop by the bjspoke gallery in Huntington, NY this Summer to see my latest body of work entitled, "The Four Seasons". On display will be the headpiece, a collage of the best images which bring together the best of a year-long project. Opening for the show is free and open to the public, Saturday July 12th, 2014 2pm-5pm, "Harvest of Artists"

 

Summer

The concept for The Four Seasons began with with the leaf mask, an icon of The Green Man which appears throughout human history. I combined this icon with that of the wood nymph from Greek and Latin mythology which tickles our imagination. Visualize the beauty of nature, the beauty of woman, mythical creatures and magical places - the woods and wild beasts, something beyond our technical world, medieval times - a simpler and happier time, a magical time of fairies and fantasies.

But where do we go from here?

Autumn

To provide dimension and expand on a theme, I revisited the forest later the same year. Outdoor photography is challenging, the quest for a sunny day, doing battle with the insects and indigenous wildlife, long walks carrying heavy camera equipment, and hiding from other nature lovers.

The addition of a beautiful, talented, and experienced model brought the added depth which I was seeking. She captured the abandon, boldness, and free spirt necessary for the composition.

We were fortunate to find a wonderful day in Autumn when the leaves were starting to change color. The ground was carpeted with soft pine needles and colorful foliage. The fiery red colors reflected against the model who became a part of the forest.

I kept the mask theme, choosing the fire elemental to reflect the colors of the forest. Once again we found it challenging to stay hidden from our fellow nature lovers all enjoying the change of seasons.

Winter

Is there anything nice to say about the season of Winter? 2014 was especially harsh, not just in New York but throughout the entire Northern continent. A deep cold set in. Snow and ice persisted for months.

 

As for model photography, nearly impossible to accomplish. With average temperatures well below freezing, photographing a nude against the snowy background proved difficult for us and our equipment.

The day needed to be cold enough to preserve the snow on the ground, needed to be a weekend, needed to be sunny, little wind, preferably above freezing. The model's feet needed to remain dry and warm. Emergency shelter and fuel powered body warmer were standing by. A method was devised for quick changing in and out of clothes.

 

The snowflake mask was the obvious choice, which brought the theme of the masks together throughout the seasons.

 
 

 

 

Spring

The toughest season of them all. How do we describe Spring? The days and nights are 12 hours long, just as Autumn, but the leaves are green rather than red. The days are not as hot as Summer but not as cold as Winter. You cannot define Spring unless you know the season which came before it.

 

  Spring is unique, yet an enigma among the seasons. It shares attributes of the time which lies ahead for us, but we are not permitted to look into the future.

We need to look deeper into nature to define the meaning of Spring.

I found the reindeer. The females have not yet shed their antlers. It is a time for rebirth of the forest. It is a time for the young.

I selected the pose of the young reindeer sitting complacent on the bridge as the icon of Spring. The rebellion and impetuousness of youth.

  How we define the seasons is how we look at life. The dark and cold seasons where life does not exist give us contrast to enjoy what is to follow. Summer brings the forest to life and vitalizes the plants which nourish our lives. Autumn brings the harvest, signals the change of seasons while its fiery colors warn of the Winter which lies ahead.

Spring will always be for the young.

  Photography notes: As I combine the photographs taken throughout the year during Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring, I see a variation in color. At first I attributed the fiery reds of the Autumn shoot to be just a bit of luck. When I added the stark earth tones of Winter, a pattern emerged. I did not expect to see any difference between the green's of Summer and green's of Spring, yet Spring is more of a emerald green while Summer is olive green.

These subtle color shifts are filtered out by our eyes as we normalize ourselves throughout the year. Digital cameras have the evil "Auto White Balance" which mimics the human eye making small adjustments the color. Finally, there is the ever-so-helpful lab which insists on enhancing and improving on the images which I have selected.

For this project, I turned off all the automatic compensation and asked the lab to not color correct anything. What you see now is one of the hidden marvels of nature - the wondrous colors of the Four Seasons contrast against the Earth tones of Winter. To capture these subtle color variations took me all year, observing the trees every day waiting for the arrival of the next season, then pulling these images together into a cohesive body of work.

 


Need to make contact?  You can email me at hbutz@yahoo.com

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