I work primarily in both photography and abstract digital art. The photos I capture provide a palate for manipulation as if painting on a canvas. My work is more a painterly endeavor than pure photography. I utilize depth, angle and light during the initial shots in order to maintain an abstract vision with less manipulation. The final images are created by putting the photos into motion, freezing frames, symmetrical imaging and glitch processes. In addition, I work in portraiture, still life, street and landscape photography.
Erik LaMarca is an Abstract Artist and Photographer living in Queens NY and is constantly creating. He has a deep appreciation for Dark Art due to it continually finds it's way into Erik's work.
Darkness does not need to be void of beauty, in fact it can be rich with pleasure.
I've found from the very beginning that using an I-phone for photography was comfortable, that it made me feel like I was using an intimate extension of myself. At the same time it became apparent very early on that everything that I needed to share my Artistic vision was smack right there in the phone. I didn't need a kiln, Photoshop, paint etc. Due to that I became an Artist that takes Photographs and digitally transforms them into art pieces, many times utilizing motion and symmetry. I do not add anything to my photos at all or remove anything. I think this is an overlooked part of my artistic medium. Everything in my work is from my original photo. As a painter, sculptor, etcher etc. you have 100% total freedom to create exactly what you want using your brush, hands, pencil. it is your universe and your mind is directly dialed into your tools.
With symmetry you are limited and bound to what the original photograph can reveal when folded and what you can bring forth from it, You are on a fixed canvas and I find it invigorating. Being able to create with essentially one hand tied behind my back. The barriers are set, the sky is no longer limitless, yet I am capable to transcend it all. To me it is a freedom of spirit and one that I am in Love with. To create a perfect circle only using squares.
Yes, at this point in my life I embrace the idea that I am an artist, however, first and foremost I am a father and husband. I have an amazing wife Leslie and Two exceptional sons, Taylor and Zane.
Zane is a HS student and Taylor is a young man. They have changed my life eternally as I have done for them. My son Taylor has Autism, Mental Illness and Type 1 Diabetes. Sounds like a lot on the surface?
Taylor is a perpetual life work for me. When people see a person on the street with bad or odd behaviors, those images fade away as they turn the corner, however for Taylor the fire that roars within him never ceases to exist. At least not yet. It is humbling being an advocate for someone with intellectual special needs.
Everyday I am confronted with the realization that I need to build my spirit to levels of unobtainable proportions. Any mistake I may make can fall upon Taylor 10 fold. Strength, man. You can have bundles of it but if you cannot hold onto the rope to bring another being out of emotional turmoil then the reality is there. As a parent I can never let go, my hands may bleed the skin may rip but my love for Taylor and who he is swells constantly, healing any blemish that was made by the cutting of the rope. Taylor is beautiful. his heart is a gift to this world. I truly believe this. I wish the world can one day embrace and cherish the gifts those with special needs have to offer.
Yes, at this point in my life I embrace the idea that I am an advocate.