Introduction

Strongly influenced by the Film Noir genre, as well as photographers such as Bill Brandt, Herb Ritts, Robert Maplethorpe, Joel Peter Witkin, and Helmut Newton…I strive to create photographs with tension and drama beyond the ordinary using setting, objects, and sometimes just light and darkness. A great glamour or fashion image must be more than just a picture of a pretty face or a beautiful body. It must be a statement of personality, power, and style. I firmly believe Bill Brandt’s observation that a good portrait tells something about its subject…past, present, and future.
I received my formal education at Towson University in Baltimore County, MD on the east coast of the United States. I hold undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Mass Communication with concentration in photography, film, and visual communications.
Lately I have found myself wondering from where inside me these images are coming. I guess this blog is a way that I can begin to explore some of the deeper motivations that are at play in this regard.
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Rick Abt

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