Creativity, Social Media And The Voices In Your Head

For me, nature photography and everything I feel about it can be summed up in one word. Freedom. Freedom to explore and to get lost, to ask questions and find answers. To set my creativity free, letting it loose in the wind knowing that in time it will return to me the same and yet, changed. You see, I wasn't looking for photography when I stumbled across it, photography came looking for me. I truly believe, that as artists we must continually create to keep the fire inside burning and yet, if those flames are extinguished, the resulting smoke sends a signal for the embers to return once again rekindling the blaze inside each of us.

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Nisi Filters - Who Needs Filters Anymore?

 I can almost hear the question ringing in my ears as I type out these words....who still needs to use filters? Followed by the snickering jab oh, you must be a Canon shooter! Followed by the adolencent nana-na-na-na Ive got more dynamic range than you. :) Ok, now that I have that of my chest, let me answer the question. YOU still need filters for landscape photography. While there may be an argument for not needing graduated neutral density filters most of the time, I still disagree.

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Surround Art Gallery - Aaron Reed Photography Goes International

SurroundArt - Moscow, Russia

   In early August 2017, I was contacted by a gentleman named Evgeni Vertkov, who came to America in 1993 and in chasing the American dream, became a citizen. Working in the diamond wholesale business here in the United States he had a lifelong dream to open an Art Gallery in Moscow. The art scene in Russia has had a challenged history but in recent years has began to blossom as different styles of art have entered the scene. During his great levels of success in the diamond industry here in the States, including the launch of various high end jewelry brands he had an opportunity to witness the vibrant, uplifting and beautiful photographic art widely available here in the US. The established art markets both in the United States and Europe presented a challenge to Evgeni and further drove his passion to open his own gallery back in Moscow.  Evgeni felt there was a place for this type of art in a country whose own artists in recent history have produced art described as radical and often controvertial in nature. In a country that is often cold and dark, experiencing both a long winter and little sunshine, he felt that bright and vibrant photographic art of our natural world would be pleasing to and of great benefit to the citizens of Moscow and those who travel there.

  In the early stages of his research, he planned to host a number of photographic artists in the gallery showing a wide variety of work. Ultimately in the end, he felt a strong connection to just two artists, myself and Brad Wilson, a wildlife photographer based in Los Angeles. Evgeni was looking for artists with work that moved him personally who were already well established with a base of collectors in the US, in an effort to expand their reach into the international market as well as introduce new and exciting art to the citizens, collectors and connoisseurs of his home country. The concept and mission of the gallery was to surround himself with the beauty and positivity he had found in America and to offer this experience to everyone who visits the gallery, providing the opportunity to bring a piece of this dream back home with them to share with their friends and family. With his artists chosen and all of the pieces of his dream falling into place the production of the work and assembly of the gallery began to move forward. Just five short months later and the gallery Surround Art opened it's doors on January 7th, 2018.

There is so much beauty in the world and so many wonderful artists who capture that magic and translate it through their art. For me personally, the best landscape photographer in the world is hands-down Aaron Reed. By surrounding myself with his photographs I am always connected to the beauty of nature and our earth. - Evgeni Vertkov

  With the motto of the gallery being "Quest For Perfection" it is no surprise to find that myself, Evgeni and his gallery director and partner Anastasia, have left no stone unturned creating a visually stunning and luxurious gallery experience for his patrons and everyone fortunate enough to visit Surround Art. Here are a few images of the gallery prior to it opening its doors, as well as some of the fine details of the gallery pieces themselves. The gallery walls and the presentation boxes available to collectors are all finished with alcantara lending it a very luxurious feeling and fine presentation. The prints available in the gallery are all Acrylic Face Mounted pieces ranging in size from 12" to over 84" wide. The display pieces on the walls are 40x60 and available for immediate production and delivery.



   Continuing in the current tradition of my work, all of the 30+ pieces of my work permanently for sale within the gallery are limited editions of 200 and all have been signed and numbered by me. Each will come with a Certificate Of Authenticity for additional provenance. The collection of work being offered in Moscow is unique to Surround Art and is not available for sale anywhere else, in Moscow or the US, including directly through me. This is truly a unique collection of work and an opportunity to experience a body of work not available anywhere else in the world. Once our foundation and success is anchored in Moscow, we will be looking to expand this gallery collection to other areas of the world including London and other areas of Europe. This entire experience has been a great deal of fun and it is exciting to see it finally coming together. While I do not look forward to the length of the flight to visit Moscow personally, I just don't see any way can allow such a beautiful presentation of my work to exist without visiting to experience it personally myself.

When is the US Gallery Opening?

This is a great question and the answer feels closer than it ever has before. The area I live in near Seattle, WA doesn't exactly have the type of reoccurring foot traffic that I would need for a gallery to be successful here. I have also always enjoyed being able to offer my work at the most reasonable prices possible here in the States, without occurring the overhead and other operational costs of a gallery. That being said, being a part of this experience and seeing a large body of my work being displayed this way has been drawing me closer and closer to letting my own dreams fly here at home. 

What's Next?

   If you are a businessman, entrepreneur or gallery owner here in the United States and would like to discuss a similar opportunity to the one I have built here with Evgeni, I am always interested in discussing opportunities to increase the exposure of my work in an effort to share it with more people on a greater scale. If you have an idea, lets chat and see if our dreams can fly together. Below you will find select pieces from the current selection of my work available at Surround Art Gallery. Thank you for taking the time to read this and learn more about me, my work and the international art market.


  

 

 

Peter Lik: What Style Printing Is it?

Peter Lik (born 1959) is a photographer from Australia, best known for his nature and panoramic landscape images. With at least 13 galleries currently operating across the US, many in high traffic vacation destinations, there has been an increased interest in his work in recent years. As a result Lik has enjoyed a great deal of success. On December 9th, 2014, Lik reportedly sold The worlds most expensive photograph though many news outlets and art critics, including the New York Times dispute this anonymous sale. One thing is for certain, Lik and his work both create a buzz.

Peter Lik Style?

I regularly receive questions from perspective buyers about the style of Peter Lik Prints, usually after viewing his work while traveling or after participating in one of the closed door light presentations that his galleries often provide. The question of how his prints appear to be back-lit or illuminated is one often posed by potential collectors.

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Aaron Reed Photography Top 17 of 2017

Each year a very small selection of the images I create make it into my Limited Edition Collection. Between 2014 and the through the middle of 2017, my photography had largely been scaled back after the birth of our daughter and then our son earlier this year. As a result, new images added to this collection had been few and far between as I took time away to focus on family and the things that matter most in my life. In recent months, I have had the opportunity to get behind the camera again and have produced a number of new releases that have already become fast favorites to collectors of my art around the world.

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Art and Medicine - Photographic Prints That Heal

   People from all over the world enjoy and collect my work for their homes and businesses alike. Often I get to hear stories about the final placement of the pieces, how they are being shown or the original motivation or reasons behind the displays being built.

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Amazing Trees Fine Art Photography by Aaron Reed

This is a collection of Limited Edition Fine Art Tree Photographs by landscape photographer Aaron Reed. This blog post is a duplicate gallery of images shown on my website.

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Fine Art Photography As An Investment?

 There are two distinct but quite different types of people who purchase artwork of any variety including fine art photography, the connoisseur and the collector. There are yet others who are a combination of the two that appreciate beautiful art, a great value and the opportunity to see a return on their investment.

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10 Days In Iceland - Aaron Reed Nature Photography

  In July of 2016 I took a direct flight from Seattle to Iceland to spend 10 days on the road exploring and photographing the amazing island and it's incredible landscapes. Packed with waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers, mountains and beautiful rugged beaches its no wonder that Iceland is a top destination for many each year. After reading a brief description of Iceland and it's history, you can see the beautiful and diverse imagery I was able to capture in a single 10 day trip to the island. I hope you enjoy this visual journey to the incredible island of Iceland.

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Aaron Reed Photography Top Selling For 2016

2016 marked the 4th year in a row that sales of my Limited Edition Nature Photography prints have doubled and I am proud to have my work be appreciated by so many, in homes and businesses around the world. This past year I transitioned to Lumachrome HD Acrylic Prints for the majority of my work and now sell more photographic art using this medium than any other artist in the world. I am extremely grateful to everyone that chooses to bring a piece(s) of my art and my vision into their homes. 

   This past year also brought my single largest residential sale, a staggering 25 piece large format display inside an amazing home at the Ridges in Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. This incredible project began with me flying to Las Vegas to consult with my clients personally, advising them on placement, design and display of the art and ended with me returning to their home to personally to oversee the installation of each piece.

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Peter Lik’s Tree? No, it’s not.

In the city of Portland, Oregon there is a world-famous Japanese Maple tree, located just inside the gates of the Portland Japanese Garden just waiting to capture your spirit and imagination.

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Las Vegas Luxury Fine Art - Aaron Reed Photography

Late in 2016, I was contacted by Helga & Vlajko, potential collectors whom I now consider friends, to inquire about my EXPERIENCE LUXURY service. Helga & Vlajko had recently purchased an incredible 5,209 sq ft home located inside the The Ridges in Summerlin, an elite gated community in Las Vegas, Nevada set against the amazing natural backdrop of Red Rock Canyon. The builder of their new home had great vision and designed it with art in mind, fitting the entire home with gallery lighting and beautiful display spaces. Helga & Vlajko wanted to fill their home with beautiful photographic art and began their search for the right artist.

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