The aesthetic vision of Peter Brian Klein is primarily expressed through the use of 35mm black and white film. His attempt to create surreal traditionally printed photographic montages is inspired by master printmakers like Jerry Uelsman and Scott Mutter. The subject matter used by Klein often varies as his perspective may shift from natural to architectural and even avant-garde imagery.
Finding solace in the confines of a darkroom, Klein has used many types of black and white film over the past two decades, though he prefers the look and feel of Kodak’s infrared film to convey the essence and beauty of the black and white imagery he is attempting to capture. Taking particular care to avoid being labeled a purist, however, Klein feels that whether the process uses digital or traditional means, focus on the image itself must not be lost. He feels that art is a communicative device that should convey, and even at times, create emotion.
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau