Aaron Reed Biography
Aaron Reed - an American Fine Art photographer who found his vocation in landscape capturing and following artistic represantation. Aaron Reed's collection of artworks is a masterful transfer of harmony and beauty of nature, demonstration of the idea of Fine Art, combining pristine naturalness, author's idealization and sensual hyperbole.
Fine Art photography must have been created in accordance with the laws of a high level arts: composition and color combination, lights and shadows, a system of proportions, etc. Aaron Reed artificially possesses the necessary techniques, creates picturesque paintings, is filled with freshness and light. Every his work gives aesthetic pleasure.
Aaron Reed was born and raised in the Northwest Pacific coast, where he now lives with his family in a place called Sammamish. The nature of the state of Washington, known for its diversity and wealth, became the author's inspiration at the beginning of his career. In his youth, he captured the landscapes surrounding him, making drawings. However, as the author himself notes, starting to work with the camera, he discovered the colossal possibilities of subtle transmission of the mood of nature at a more advanced, modern and progressive level.
From the idea to its implementation had to go a long conscious path. Over the course of several years, Aaron Reed has been searching over and over again for the perfect combination of conditions and techniques in all senses, thanks to which his work has become more and more perfect. It is this complex and persistent path to learning photography that stands between a professional photographer and a true artist. When talent is reinforced by continuous experiments, a deep immersion in the process and love for the object of creativity, the result of the work becomes a value not only for the artist, but also for society.
This happened to Aaron Reed, having achieved the artistic skill that his first viewers appreciated, he set a limited edition for his best photographs and began to produce them in gallery technology that preserves the aesthetic properties of a work of art for an unlimited time. To create the final form of creativity - a physical object, a picture of artistic value, Fine Art photographer needs to go through another important and difficult process - preparing the image for application on paper. The result is always unpredictable until the author has studied and eliminated all the hidden flaws of his work. Aaron Reed has become a professional in this matter too: he tests the production of photo prints as many times as necessary to obtain a high-quality, contrasting, deep picture. Only after he receives a sample (“artist’s proof”) does it become possible to produce the entire limited edition (“limited edition”).
“I advise all my students and proteges to pay maximum attention to preparing for the production of photographs and never blindly trust this issue to intermediaries,” Aaron Reed shares in an interview with Capture Landscapes magazine.
Having become one of the most popular Fine Art photographers in the USA, Aaron Reed began his educational activities, organizing on-site workshops for photography enthusiasts. His groups visit the most picturesque places in America and Europe, and the artist himself during these travels creates new masterpieces that quickly replenish the collections of lovers of modern art and decorate private houses in Europe and the USA.
Aaron Reed calls his work “Luxury Nature Photography”, based on numerous reviews from its customers. “Most people think that 'luxury' is money, shopping, or a wasteful lifestyle. Almost all of this is exactly the opposite of what concerns us the most, what we value and what we believe in: harmony, relationships, time spent with our family in the lap of nature. For me, luxury is an experience that I hope to convey to others through art and my own work. This pleasant experience accompanies the entire process of acquiring a work of art from my collection: from emotional enthusiasm, the desire to place an order and receive exhaustive consultations to the delivery and installation of the picture when the person finally understands that he made the right choice. It is just as important for me that connoisseurs of my work enjoy this process, as well as creating something truly inspiring.”
The work of Aaron Reed is sometimes superficially compared with the work of the honored pioneer of Fine Art photography, Australian photographer Peter Lik. Aaron Reed himself replies with irony to such comments: “Listen, gentlemen, I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and spent a lot of time in the Japanese garden as a child. Not to photograph the Japanese maple, when becoming a professional photographer - would be an artistic crime. In America, there really are places of worship where the armies of photographers are shot from small to large, but from this they do not become someone else's property, just as painters who painted landscapes of Tuscany or the French coast did not have exclusive rights to this or that place. The nature of this planet is accessible to everyone, without exception, and, at the same time, is no one's property. Each artist will see and capture it in his own way, and the viewer will choose what resonates with him. ” Interestingly, there are a number of Fine Art connoisseurs of photos of Peter Lik, who extended their collections with the works of Aaron Reed.
There are artistic subtleties that are particularly distinguished by the landscapes and abstractions of Aaron Reed: accurate elaboration of the composition and gentle interior light, thanks to which the pictures create a cozy, warm atmosphere in space. Aaron Reed has developed a recognizable style of shooting and retouching, his images are gentle and at the same time colorful. In this manner, the artist’s positive attitude and commitment to excellence are read, which he seeks to share.
Aaron Reed's collection of photographs also has its own differences: the total number of prints of an image in all sizes never exceeds 200 copies (the author assigns a smaller circulation of 100 or 50 to some artworks). Thus, all over the world there will be no more than a given by the author number of works, each of which has its own unique number indicated in the certificate of authenticity. The actual number of Fine Art large-format photographs (from 100x150 cm) even approaches no more than 20 copies as the entire print run is sold. Each photograph has a unique autograph of the artist on the surface.