Biography

I have not taken any academic courses in pursuit of my photography business.  I have taken various workshops to enhance my skills.  Over the years I have worked extensively with three professional photographers in the photo club I am part of.   

I have an engineering background with 20 years of experience as a mold maker working in the plastic injection molding industry.   This experience has allowed me to transition into my current position as a Project Engineer for a local prototyping company. 


Artist’s Statement 

What you see here is reality.  It truly exists.  You just have to see it.  Using the medium of photography, it is my intention to present observations of this man-made world to create a deeper meaning for the viewer.  There is a saying, Eyes are the windows to the soul,” but what do we see when we look at a window?  Reflections.  What are these reflections?  They are reality, but reality can shift, and distortions can then be revealed due to the many elements of its surroundings.  The results allow the viewer to imagine endless possibilities. 

This series is entitled “Urban Kaleidoscope,because the photographs have a kaleidoscopic nuance to their appearance, as seen in their colors, shapes and patterns.  While I cannot rotate a building as you would a kaleidoscope, if I adjust my perspective, or the light changes or the temperature changes, the image will transform.  

Along my journey as a photographer it has always been my objective to stay true to the art of photography, and not digitally manipulate my photographs.  During the progression of this series, I realized that I have evolved from a photographer into a photographic artist.   

My background in engineering has given me an appreciation of the constructed environment, and the magnificent architecture of the cities has become my playground for creativity.  Ultimately, my goal is for the viewer to discover a new and unique perspective of the city around them. 


Awards and Acknowledgments

2013RAYS Art Project – Somerset County, NJ 

 Health Care Project to raise awareness of the dangers of sun exposure through Art & Photography 

“Sunflower Sunset” & “Rays Through the Clouds” (First pieces on public display”) 

2014 – District Governor’s Citation for District Photography – Rotary District 7510 

For event photography at numerous Rotary functions 

2014 – NJ 350 Elements – Nature & Wildlife Exhibit hosted at Duke Farms Hillsborough, NJ 

“Sea Isle Sunset” 

2015 – Hillsborough Art Show (Hillsborough NJ) Honorable Mention – “Reflection” 

2015 – LightSpaceTime Online Art Gallery – Monthly juried art competitions 

April – Cityscapes – Honorable Mention – “NYC Skyline” 

May – Landscapes – Honorable Mention – “Sunflower Sunset” 

June – Abstract – Special Recognition – Psychedelic Carnival” 

July – Nature – Special Recognition – “Snow Leopard Cub” & Special Merit “Snakeskin” 

September – Open – 5th Place – Fireworks & Ferris Wheel” 

October – Seascapes – Honorable Mention “Cape May Sunrise” & Special Recognition “Cape May Sunset” 

November – Botanicals – Special Recognition – “Fiber Optics” (macro of a Dandelion) 

December – Animals – Honorable Mention – “Wading Heron” 

2016 – Somerset County Photo Contest – Overall Winning Image  

Sunflower Sunset – feature on county website and T-shirts of county 4-H Fair 

2016New Jersey Arts Annual 2016 ExhibitionNoyes Museum of Art of Stockton University 

“Zebra” & “City Inside” 

2016 – The Artist Catalogue – Quarterly Fine Art Publication – Spring 2016 

“Zebra” – “M 42²” – “City Inside” – “Empire Reflecting” – “Glass Bricks” 

2016 – Somerset County NJ Photo Contest – Winning Image Environmental Category 

“Reflections of The Sourlands” – to be featured on county website 

2016 –  Black & White Spider Awards 11th Annual Gallery Nomination 

Abstract Justice 

2017 RAW 2017 Exhibition – Noyes Gallery, Stockton University’s Kramer Hall 

“Abandoned” &Recessed 2nd place overall 

2017 –  Black & White Spider Awards 12th Annual Gallery Nomination 

 Escalation 

2017 –   Somerset County NJ “Through the Lens Photo Contest”  

 “Swing Time” – 1st Place – Arts & Culture Category  

2017 –  LightSpaceTime Online Art Gallery – November Patterns 2017 

 “Cubic” – 2nd Place Photography & 5th Place Overall  

 “Yin-Yang” – Honorable Mention 

2018 –  International Color Awards 11th Annual Awards 

“Cubic” – Honorable Mention – Amateur Architectural Category 

2018 – Monmouth Museum 39th Annual Juried Art Show 

“Cubic” – Color 

2018 – Black & White Spider Awards – 13th Annual Gallery – Nomination 

Nominee in Abstract – “Twisted Bridge” 

Nominee in Architecture –  “Cubic” – Black and White 

 2018 – The Center for Contemporary Art – Juried International Exhibit 

“Twisted Bridge” 

2018 – Studio Montclair – ViewPoints Exhibit 

 “Twisted Bridge” 

2019 – Monmouth Museum 40th Annual Juried Art Show 

 “Re-Wired” – Juror’s Award 

 2019 – Black & White Spider Awards – 14th Annual Gallery 

Nominee in Architecture –  Oculus Reflecting” 

2019 – International Color Awards – 12th Annual Awards 

“City Inside” – Honorable Mention – Amateur Architectural Category 

“Manhattan Twilight” – Amateur Nomination


Website: www.garywiesner.com

Email: gaw@garywiesner.com