Image of Allan Baxter in Iceland exploring Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar, Iceland Aug 2019

Artist Statement
     I'm a visual artist that likes to go to the wild places!  The essence of my fine art photography is the exploration of geologically exotic and remote landscapes.  This inspiration comes from my interest in exploring the natural world on a path less traveled, and my career as a Professional Geologist that trained me to appreciate the Earth’s textures, colours and natural landforms.  I have coupled my knowledge with an impressionistic aesthetic to create each of my original compositions.
     I live at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and specialize in limited edition fine art landscape compositions.  I have over 40 years of photographic experience and am internationally published in print and on the web.  My passion is exploring exotic and remote landscapes away from the mainstream on paths less traveled, creating large images for wall display and multi-media.
     This web site hi-lights some of my fine art landscape photography and the original digital art I created from my unique images. If you find a composition which appeals to you, you can purchase a limited edition print directly from me. You can also request a private galley of images to select from once I know your requirements.
I am available for unique fine art commissions and custom photography work.   Please contact by e-mail to discuss your ideas and requirements.
Recent Press
Artist Showcase - ARBELLA Magazine - Art, Architecture & Design, Volume 2, Issue 1, Feb 2021
Art Installations:
>>> Iceland Waterfalls:  Private Collection - Four fine art paper prints under glass depicting abstract Icelandic waterfall detail.  Total area 6 sq. ft.
>>> Canadian Colours:  Private Collection - Four canvas panels totaling 25 sq. ft. of area depicting the colours of Western Canada.
>>> Oil & Gas Facilities:  Glenogle Energy Inc  - Lobby display comprising 5 large black & white HDR canvas panels totaling 30 sq. ft. of area displaying oil & gas facilities in Northern Alberta.
Gallery Representation:
The Art Gallery of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Additional Images by AJ Baxter Links:
Landscape Slideshows: Slideshows
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What is Fine Art Photography?
     Fine Art photography is a genre of photography with the primary goal of creating art.  Other photographic genres may have a more specific goal like recording sports events, news events or portraiture.  Often the lines between any of these genres are fuzzy and nebulous.
     The principal criteria that distinguishes fine art photography from other fields in photography is that the fine art photograph is presented with subjective manipulation and interpretation by the artist that is above and beyond the purely objective documentation of reality.
     The term 'fine art' does not denote or imply quality but rather identifies intent.  The intent of “fine art photography” is for the composition to be displayed in a gallery, a public space or purchased for a corporate or private art collection.  A client for the fine art image does not exist until after the image is created.
     It is about the artist’s personal vision and the deliberate creation of a subjective composition that captures the artist’s concept.  Simply put: 'art for the sake of art' with the artist making all of the creative decisions.
     Fine art photography has fewer aesthetic restrictions which allows the photographer freedom to pursue unique visual expressions.
     Where as a painter paints with pigments, a fine art photographer is free to paint with pixels, light, shadow, contrast and colour to create the photographic artwork.
     The camera is a tool in this pursuit, together with dark room techniques or digital post-processing.  Finally, decisions on print medium and framing options assist in the creation of the final artwork.
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