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Weston Harby

Fine Art Photographer.

“I began seeing buildings as shapes, forms against the deep blue sky. I chose 35mm paired with a slow film, a red filter, and my longest lens. These choices allowed me to create abstractions of the buildings. I turned them into shapes and tones. The fine grain of the slow film and sharpness of my long lens allowed me to pull the detail of the Stucco and concrete and the red filter turns the deep blue of the sky into inky black. The idea is to create a photo that is first viewed as a shape, then a building, then finally both. It’s tricky to balance the two, shape and building. Too much building, and you end up with a snapshot. Too much abstraction, and you end up with off-putting mess, a photo of nothing.”


Weston Harby is a fine art and commercial photographer based locally in Albuquerque. In his latest series, Weston explores the architecture of New Mexico. Weston’s photography centers around abstraction, walking a fine line between the ‘real’ subject in front of the camera and ideas of shape, tone, and form. He prefers analog techniques; shooting, developing, and printing his photos in the tradition of the old masters, in the darkroom. Weston believes that the limitations of an analog workflow force better art, requiring planning, forethought, and vision. He also thoroughly enjoys the handcrafted nature of silver gelatin photography. Weston also owes and operates a fine art reproduction and giclée printing business. He enjoys working with other artists as well as the technical challenge of art reproduction. 

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