Who Am I?
I was Born and raised on the banks of the Delaware River Valley into a founding family of the town dating back to the 1800s. I Served in the US Army as company clerk to a Judge Adjutant General in I Corp - Camp Eagle Vietnam1970. Awarded the Bronze Star. I Earned a Masters degree in Alternative Education from Montclair State College and taught special education to ‘hard to reach’ and ‘other gifted’ students in Arizona and New York. I Served as Creative Director for VLN Media Works, the award winning full service communications and business performance improvement agency serving Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Cofounded ‘Operation Chillout’ homeless veterans outreach an all-volunteer, mobile, not for profit, serving the most in need throughout New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island for more than 20 years.
- Which artists/writers do you admire?
I favor the disciplined eyes of the ‘old masters’ like Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alfred Stieglitz from whom I developed my practice of observing and closely watching everything in my view. I also gravitate to the creative expression and humor of early radical artists like Andre Breton, Man Ray and the European surrealists. Their inspiration fills me with seeing photographic opportunity at every turn.
I also treasure the wilderness painters - Albert Bierstedt, John Cole and the painters of the American West and our local Hudson River School. To them, light was the key element of any art work. The brilliance of a sunscape, reflections of a cascading waterfall, low light shadows cast by an early sunset illumine my visual take on the world around me.
- What techniques and materials did you use for this piece/series?
Working with a Fuji digital camera GFX 50R my goal is to capture the essence of my subjects with a perspective beyond the surface to find a truer essence always hidden from casual view, and invite my observers to take a deeper visual dive to explore the hidden dimensions of the reality of the image as it truly is.
Technically I use adobe photo applications to focus my imagery to the highest resolution of clarity. I use a grid system inspired by tools of ancient architects to present the visual image in the optimal visual space maximizing the viewers aesthetic experience.
- How do you define your art/writing in terms of style?
In a word, my sensitivities run ‘Eclectic’. I find the grand drama of nature through the turn of the seasons very powerful, I capture that grandeur in scenes of deep forests, flowing rovers, long forgotten and delapidated barns, fences and sheds, trucks and cars. On the other hand - the simple found day to day object always attracts my attention - from an electric wall socket, garden hose, a bread box, or shadows on a wall.
- What inspired it? What is its conceptual background and tone? How do you want people to feel after viewing/reading it?
My intension in presenting a particular work to the public is to have them take time, slow down, and engage in what I call ‘deep seeing’ - not merely looking with their eyes but penetrating with the ‘eyes of their soul’ as well. We all make quick judgements on what we observe as either worthy unworthy of our full attention. Our manic culture assaults us daily with useless data, meaningless trivia, mis- information, dis-information and disruption. The result is a highly distressed and mistrusting society prone to irrational decisions and hurtful behaviors. Deep seeing cuts through the clutter of our external lives and gives us entry to a glimpse of another reality the true beauty in the essence of simple, humble things.
Images that speak from a photographer’s inner soul are always the most memorable. A viewer to my website said: “As I looked through the gallery of Roger’s images I begin to feel as though I know Roger. The eyes of the horse are starring right at you and the cat invites you to come play. The warm library room at Grey Towers is cozy and feels like home. The bridge invites you to walk across and the diner welcomes you to come in and have dinner.
What our best contemporary photography does is allows the viewer to reflect and read into the image their own connections to that image. Its like psychological transference, so to speak. For me this is done best when I express something I personally feel about the subject of my lens. My emotional connection to the scene or image lets my viewers place their personal connections and interpretations based on their own perspective, and leave with vivid memory of the images.
Galleries & Exhibits
Dis/harmony at PH21 Gallery
A curated international photography exhibition - Budapest, Hungary -December 16, 2021 January 8, 2022
Gallery 14 - Fifth Annual Juried Exhibit - June 27, 2014
Davis Orton Gallery - Third Annual Group Show - July 29 to August 27, 2017
Disappearing Art: The Printed Photograph - Lakeview Gallery 12/3/2016
Museum of Computer Art
Upfront Exhibition Space
Nominee in 4th edition of Fine Art Photography Awards
Awarded entry Forestburg stream (Professional Landscape Category)
London, April 2018
Honorable Mention - Professional Landscapes - Chromatic Photography Awards International Color Photography Contest, December 2017
black and white photography
15TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Roger Gottlieb
November 10, 2020
Professional photographer Roger Gottlieb of the United States was presented with the 15th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee title in the category of (Category) at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow streamed Sunday, November 1, 2020.