Robert Frank Gabriel - Fine Artist

Robert Frank Gabriel

Chicago, IL - United States








Robert Frank Gabriel

Chicago, IL - United States

Robert Frank Gabriel - Fine Artist

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February 9th, 2013







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About Robert Frank Gabriel

I've been a photographer for the past 40 years. I worked professionally as a photographer/graphic artist for 25 years. I am now retired but continue working in photography every day. I work with Canon digital cameras and Mac computers.

I create many of my photographic images in the Neo-expressionist style. Neo-expressionists portray recognizable objects, such as the human body (although sometimes in an abstract manner), in a rough and violently emotional way using vivid colours and color harmonies.

I am inspired by the German Expressionist painters--Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and other expressionist artists such as James Ensor and Edvard Munch.

I also work in the straight photography mode. My work highlights candid street images of posing, no chatting. Most of the time the folks do not know I've taken their image.

Some few of my images are of street people down on their luck. My aim is humanitarian in nature following in the steps of my mental mentors Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis.

As a street photographer, I am unconventional since I shoot with a telephoto zoom lens, and I am in my car as I drive thru the city looking for my images of people. I am old and somewhat infirm so I can no longer walk long distances or defend myself from folks who may object to my capturing their images even if it is legal to do so in the public domain.

I have over 2,500 photographs on flickr, most are candid street images. If you go to flickr and wish to buy any images there, tell me and I will transfer that image to FAA so that you can see how it looks in a mat and frame and then buy it from FAA.

All my images are intended to sell as 'art' and are not to be used for commercial ads in any fashion by any one or organization.

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Because I am a bit infirm as I creep into my dotage, I had to reinvent the way I could be a street photographer. I simply can’t walk far or fast, or fast or far. Then, as if a gift from the gods, I read an article about a New York taxi driver w... 

What is pure street photography?

September 7th, 2014

Mr McLaren and Mr Stuart define street photography (the purist view). "It's essentially a way of working wherein you have to be utterly open to what happens on the street," says McLaren, "So, no props, no models, no setting up of shots, and you alway... 

Working on a project

July 23rd, 2014

I am currently taking candid street portraits of people (mostly in Uptown, Chicago). Many of my subjects are poor, mental...the outsiders of society. 

I am a "street" photographer. There I said it and meant it. lol....In the past my dear fellow Fine Art photographers here on FAA (most not all) would jump all over me for daring to take candid images of not so perfect people in the not so perfect pub... 

One of my interests in photography is the "candid" urban portrait. I am more than less an impassive observer meaning I do not talk to my subjects. Styles vary for this type of informal portrait...from the in your face type of street photographer (see... 

In the old days, using a telephoto lens for candid urban images of people would have been nothing short of a sacrilege. Back then HC Bresson used a 50mm lens and even today some 50 years later he is considered the master of this candid style. I a... 

Homelessness In America

February 17th, 2014

HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA... The American F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, still plagued by technological troubles, will ultimately cost American taxpayers $396 billion of which we have NO say in the matter. Homelessness started as a result of econom... 

History of Street Photography

August 24th, 2013

I had some lady in the discussion room dare me to name "just 3 street photographers." Another lady sarcastically said, "so called street photographers." So here is a lecture on "The History of Street Photography." Not that anyone reads or even se... 

Style Do you have It

August 18th, 2013

Most good lookers can tell a Diane Arbus from an Irving Penn, an Ansel Adams from a Charles Gatewood. Let's read some quotes about "style" in regard to our images. Style has no formula, but it has a secret key. It is the extension of your personal... 

When I first discovered images done in HDR style, I said Wow fantastic. I still say this but not as often. IN fact, I now say, yuck this photograph should NOT be done in HDR style. Recently, someone posted images of decay in HDR...Talk about an oxymo... 

Dead Art

April 27th, 2013

I am fascinated by Cemeteries. They can be exquisite outdoor galleries of architecture and art, a point made a few years ago by the television series Dead Art in its introduction to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Cemeteries are known for their abundant symb... 

I approach God thru my art

April 27th, 2013

I don't care if people believe in God or not. I believe in a Creator but who or what this Creator is and what it wants from us, I don't have a clue. That said, I approach God thru my art, "sacred music," poetry, and literature. I do NOT approach ... 

Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation w... 

Bold Graphic Design

April 25th, 2013

Many of my photographic images favor strong bold graphic design. Simple and to the point. Some of the most commonly acknowledged principles of design are alignment, balance, contrast, proximity, repetition, and white space. These are all elements of ... 

Why I shoot the way I shoot

April 20th, 2013

I’m from the old school of “street” photography. This translates into almost never using a tripod and using high speed film like ASA 400. But times change, tech changed sooooo much, and I grew old...All 3 forced changes on me. I traded my Leica... 

Should we photographers/printers need help to solve a problem, for example, getting our prints to look good coming out of our printers...No need to spend big bucks on a class, or even buy an expensive book or two...Now all that needs to be done is to... 

I like FineArtAmerica so much I promote "us" on my facebook page. Not only do I have FAA show my FAA images on facebook, but I also use FAA to frame my image, then post the framed/matted image on facebook also. This shows any potential buyer what the...