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From the rural heart of America, born in the year of 39, a ninth child, orphaned soon after, Rees blends a touch of the outsider with a sharp focus reminiscent of the nighthawks in daylight. A sense of transcendent harshness, a bleak moment of the soul that celebrates mortality and the trip that brought him to the unrelenting and revealing light of the Arizona high desert. Not soft nor sentimental, sad yes, and joyful too, a drop of Caravaggio and a whiff of Phillip Glass.
'I enjoy working with figure models doing artistic nudes. Basically my motto is ”Mother Nature, and all her daughters”. I also dearly love old rustic subjects such as old wood framed houses, barns, and other structures. '
A working man's perspective, with an edge of sophisticated naughtiness, Rees uses his moments wisely, introspectively, a creator who has worked all his life, workingman, artist, child of dreams and man of the hard school. His work reflects loss, and the overcoming of loss, based on the inspiration from small things and quiet moments. His nudes are comfortable but detached, as if a dream was distilled with no intention of conformity, nor intimacy revealed. Veiled to reveal, he brings us in as spectators to a reverie of mature completeness, secure in the eye.
'I find black and white speaks so well to me, an emotional high to me to see a well done print.
I love shadow plays regardless of the subject, a very important element in black and white photography I think.'
Rees started with a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie, and still uses one on occasion to fuel the nostalgic touch, switching to a Mamiya 645 and a Yashica for medium format work, a Canon EOS Elan II for 35mm and only a Canon Digital Rebel for digital.
by Osvaldo Menegol
'Art is a combination of natural laws,...and the human spirit'............Rees Gordon
'Humility is learning we are not the only one,............but only one'..........Rees Gordon