Neil is a self-taught photographer who concentrates on portraying his impressions of the many nature, landscape, and historic scenes available in New Jersey. Most of his images are found within a one hour drive from his home in Old Bridge.
His works of traditional/contemporary photography and historic alternative photography have been displayed in juried and curated shows at Atlantic Artisans, New Jersey Visual Arts Center, The NJ Photography Forum, The Guild of Creative Art, Brookdale Community College, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, the Edison Arts Society, the Mountain Art Show, Soho Photo Gallery, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Somerset Arts Association, Perkins Center for the Arts, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Gallery 125, and Monmouth Museum.
My art is inspired by the photography of Freeman Patterson and Michael Kenna, paintings of Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, sculptures of Henry Moore, and the writings of Thomas Merton.
I like to make pictures of familiar things but in a way that viewers don’t usually see them. So, mostly I photograph in very early morning light. And, I prefer to print my images relatively small. I prefer the intimacy of the small size print. The small size and close viewing enhances that intimate feeling.
In this continuing this series, “Quiet City”, I want to show the beauty of the old and new New Brunswick – to emphasize the positive rather than negative aspects that so often come to mind when thinking of cities. When making these images, all early in the morning, I sometimes hear the music “Quiet City” by Aaron Copeland or Stan Kenton. So peaceful, so cool.
Of course, the city will soon wake and the streets will be filled with people going to work and to school. And that’s good because people make the new New Brunswick.
Photographs © Neil Larsen