DescriptionAlbany, NY - October, 2006.Growing up in California, I hadno appreciation for the term fallcolors. The trees always had leaveson them, and they stayed the same color year-round. After moving to the Northeast, I fell in love with autumn; not just the leaf colors, but the season asa whole. One season of apple farms, corn mazes, the crisp air, and of course the phenomenal palette of colors and I was smitten. This photo makes me feelwarm and eager to share a tryst with LadyAutumn once again.
Eric Straus Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement Eric is a self-taught photographer, thanks profoundly to his mother, a prolific photographer in her own right. He got his first camera at the age of 9 and has rarely been spotted without one ever since. Growing up in California, he was exposed to a wide array of landscapes, people and buildings – a photographer’s dream.
Eric has visited 31 of the 58 U.S. National Parks, 32 of the 50 United States, and has traveled to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and much of Western Europe.
After moving to the Northeast in 2005, his camera eye was able to capture a new variety of seasonal scenery and local architecture.
Eric was a semi-finalist in a photography contest in 1998 in Orange County, CA. He currently has private collections of his work housed throughout California and in Denver, Colorado.
“I’ve always had a creative bug in my brain. I’ve written a novella and co-written 7 short stories. I am really into cooking, so I get to express my creativity culinarily (I think I just made up a word. How creative!) But photography is a strange animal, because the subject matter does not stem from a subjective source – it’s what’s in front of you. I suppose the creative aspect comes from how you see it, and the way your camera shoots it. In that respect, my perspective could be defined politely as being a bit skewed, which is also what I look for in my subject matter.
Impolitely, my perspective could be described as being immature, silly, awkward, and ‘Hey, what’s your deal?’ I prefer the polite version.
But what really fuels my photographic zeal is my love of nature and animals, buildings and artwork steeped in history, and the fact that it’s not me in front of the camera.”