Artist’s statement pertaining to the photographic
series “Ethereal Luminescence”
"Ethereal Luminescence" is an ongoing series of abstract, expressionistic photographs that was started in the summer of 2012 at a light show and continued at fireworks shows, urban street scenes and amusement parks. They are not photographs of something, they are something.
My primary mission as a fine art photographer is to stir people’s emotions with compelling, beautiful images. Through its abstraction, these photographs capture the drama and excitement of the vibrant and colorful public places that we enjoy so much. Art critic, Renee Phillips, called them, “ ...a mesmerizing symphonic explosion of color, light and motion.” The illustration of high energy motion with colored light using still photography creates a fusion of dynamic beauty.
“Ethereal Luminescence” began at a botanical garden in the woods, at night, where people were viewing a light show and it evolved into capturing those feelings at many public events that use dramatic lighting. The first representational images were not beautiful or magical in any way and forced me to do some challenging experiments with camera technique. After many tests, the magic began to happen and became clearly visible on the back of the camera as colorful abstractions. Amazed show goers volunteered their comments. “Wow!” “What is that?” “This is magic!” “How did you do that?” “I can’t believe the color!” “These don’t look like photographs!” Recently, art critic, Anne R. Fabbri, exclaimed ... “Peter Treiber, with his ’Eternal Luminescence’ series, doesn’t attempt to explain how he captured his dynamic, abstract compositions in vivid, pulsating colors. But viewing them raises one’s energy level— just what’s needed for a post-holiday ennui.”
After three years of shooting 48 events, there are now more than 10K images in this series. The numerous, colorful and popular gatherings make people feel good and these “Ethereal Luminescence” photographs express those feelings in a way that can be shared with many, forever.
Technical notes: All but one of these photographs were made as single exposures with a high resolution digital camera and only minimum color corrections and cropping were made during post production..
Peter Treiber, photographer