Apr 19, 2020

Rich Bergeman

I've spent the past 30 years exploring different ways to express myself through my photography, mostly in black-and-white, and mostly about times past. It's been fun and even self-revelatory to explore the varied and unique ways different types of cameras see the world--from 8x10 large-format to pinhole and Polaroid--and then learn what kinds of subjects each is best suited to capture. Infrared, which I've been doing for about 4 years now, is the latest in my string of explorations. I'm fascinated by its hauntingly beautiful rendering of the landscape. Used judiciously, it can add an ethereal, sometimes unsettling quality to certain scenes.  I find it fits the photographic themes I've always been most interested in over the years – remnants of the past, photographing on the trail of ghosts.