October Featured Artist - Eddie Erdmann

Eddie Erdmann

Location: Anchorage, AK
Website: http://www.eddieerdmann.com/

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Give us a brief description of you and your work

I’m originally from Turnerville, Alabama, a rural community hidden in the pine forests north of Mobile. After studying English Literature at the University of Alabama, I lived in several places throughout the following decade—Chicago, New York City and Prague, Czech Republic—and in 2005 a short-term job with the Alaska Railroad took me to Anchorage, Alaska. I immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the Last Frontier and decided to stick around for a while. My new home was a foreign and fascinating landscape to me, and it was my desire to record and express its beauty that gave birth to my serious dedication to photography.

I shoot with a variety of medium- and large-format film cameras. I create most of my work with a Hasselblad 500 C/M and black-and-white film, and I print the vast majority of those images by hand on fiber-based paper in a darkroom. My other go-to tool is a RealitySoSubtle 6x17 pinhole camera, and I tend to use color film in that one.

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Three constants in your day

Photography, reflection and laughter

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How did you find your style and how would you describe it? Has it changed since you started?

I settled into a particular style after several years of shooting just about everything I could with different cameras and a variety of films. At first I was all over the place with no discernible style, but the more I studied photography and experimented with subjects, cameras and films, the more I began to move in a particular direction.

Most of my work is black and white and in a square format. I shoot mostly landscapes and architecture, and my images tend to be grainy with fairly high contrast. I dabble in color images as well, and these deal with the same subject matter but mostly with a panoramic perspective.

When I was first starting out as a serious photographer, I would often shoot in color, and I almost never shot long exposures. Now, however, I shoot in color a lot less—I use color film almost exclusively for my pinhole work—and a great deal of my work involves long exposures, either because I’m shooting at night or in low-light situations, or because I’m using a neutral-density filter. Another way my style has evolved is that I am no longer concerned so much with literal representations of my subjects as I am with simply creating images that are beautiful and engaging, regardless of how truthfully they present what the human eye would have seen.

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Favorite thing you ever photographed?

A lightning storm in Mobile, Alabama last spring. I was shooting the Cochrane-Africatown USA Bridge just before sunset when the storm rolled in overhead. Luckily the lightning didn’t seem to be reaching the ground, so I was able to hang around and shoot for a couple hours. One of the images I created that night, “Fulmination Over Africatown,” has become one of my most popular.

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What's your goal as as artist and where do you draw inspiration?

My inspiration comes to me from the beauty I see in the natural world and in the structures that humans have built in it. My goal is to express that beauty, not through the literal recreation of subjects and scenes, but by presenting it with a slight touch of the fantastical, which I typically achieve through the exaggerations and distortions inherent in long exposures and in pinhole photography, such as vignetting, elongation of subjects, lack of sharp focus and the accumulative effects of motion occurring in a scene as it is captured on film. I also use high-speed black-and-white film and lens filters to achieve certain effects in my images. My goal is to push an image slightly into the realm of unreality, as I find that this is an effective way to convey my fascination with our world and draw others into my vision.

 

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What's the best costume that you ever wore?

It’s a toss up between the Anton Levay costume I wore for Halloween in Anchorage a few years ago and the pint-of-beer costume I wore last Halloween in New Orleans.

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If you had to describe yourself as a flavor, what would it be?

Bourbon and brown sugar

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What would you name the autobiography of your life?

“Push the Sky Away” (assuming Nick Cave would allow me to use the title)

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If you could pick any two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be?

Charlie Rose and Bjork

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First thing you would do if you won the lottery?

I’d buy my mama a house.

Win an Eddie Erdmann Photo Printed on Plywerk

Post a comment about Eddies's work below and you will automatically be entered to win one of his gorgeous photographs on our 3/4" bamboo Plywerk. Woo hoo!
We will select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early November to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.

 

 

42 thoughts on “October Featured Artist - Eddie Erdmann”

  • Lori J Crawford
    Lori J Crawford October 2, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Eddie Erdmann's work is amazing. He captures the haunting beauty of whatever he is photographing, whether it is a man-made structure or natural landscape. Definitely a true artist in every sense of the word.

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  • Michele Brinkman
    Michele Brinkman October 2, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Recently, I had the honor of experiencing Eddie's amazing work at Serda's in Mobile,AL. His work inspires me and leaves me wanting to see more. Many of these places I've seen before, but Noe have seen them in a new way...through his eyes!

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  • Jennifer Schwartz
    Jennifer Schwartz October 2, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Cannot get over the amount of talent this guy has! Thanks, Eddie, for sharing about yourself and your work.

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  • Barbara walker

    I think that Eddie Erdmann photographs are awesome and gorgeous. I really love his work.

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  • Laura Holman

    This is my brother in law and I have been watching him on facebook for years. This is one awesome guy and very talented.

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  • Jennifer

    I absolutely LOVE the photo of Fairhope Pier!! This is one of my favorite places in Baldwin County. It is so relaxing and Eddie's photo captures the tranquility 100%!!

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  • James

    Great stuff, Eddie. Good for you. ... Bjork? LOL

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  • Deborah burtnett
    Deborah burtnett October 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Eddie was a brilliant student in a Mobile magnet school and my student several times. He is sensitive, thoughtful, and talented. I am proud to own a color print of the Exit Glacier!!

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  • Leigh Holman

    I have always preferred black and white, yours are awesome.

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  • Brooke

    I'm lucky enough to have been watching Eddie's work over the years and I love to see how he catches the beauty around him and how his perspective has developed into such a unique glimpse of life.
    And I think Anton LaVay was the best costume

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  • Roxann Dyess

    Eddie does beautiful work and I have seen some of his photos mounted on the bamboo. They are truly stunning and the beautiful bamboo is a perfect compliment to his style!

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  • Summer Mitternight
    Summer Mitternight October 6, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I love being mesmerized by Eddie's art and talent. It always bring a true heartfelt smile each and every time.

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  • LaJill Hunt

    Eddie's talent has been evident since high school. To see his gifts emerge in the artistry of his photography is amazing. Kudos to the success you have achieved and I look forward to seeing and experiencing even more of your work!! It is simply...breathtaking!!!

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  • Anne Whipple

    I saw some of your photos on Alex Zucker's FB page and loved them instantly. I'm from Memphis and have spent a lot of time in NOLA, so I particularly love the images from those cities on your website. It's the rare photographer who speaks as well about your work as you do -- your description of how you "push an image slightly into the realm of unreality" is compelling.

    PS: I also lived in Prague for a long time -- not sure if we overlapped!

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  • Billie Johnston
    Billie Johnston October 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Eddie Erdmann photographs are amazing!!! He always seems to capture the most incredible shots!!!

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  • Scott Nelson

    Eddie's work is phenomenal, and I can vouch that he does smell like bourbon & brown sugar. His work captures parts of my own hometown that I'be overlooked, & his compositions force me to see the everyday in a new light.

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  • Christina Franco
    Christina Franco October 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I would love to add to my Erdmann collection. Eddie's work is fantastic and just when I think I have a favorite photo, he shares another.

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  • Christy Phelps

    Beauty that transcends words or time. Thank you, Eddie, for sharing your passion with the world.

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  • James Guerin

    Great work Eddie, I'm always proud to see the images you make with my pinhole camera! Keep up the good work!

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  • Mali

    Love! Love! Love!! Eddie has a great eye and a big heart. Nothing not to love!

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  • BRENDA KARELLA

    Wow! Beautiful pictures! Love them all.

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  • Sox

    OMG. The photos are outrageous. I wish I could take pictures like that, but I don't have thumbs :(

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  • Susan fisackerly
    Susan fisackerly October 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I have known Eddie and have been following his work for about 20 years now. I've had the pleasure of watching his style and talent and expertise evolve over the years I'm a big fan of his style. I would be honored to have one of his photographs in my home.

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  • Corinthia Prather
    Corinthia Prather October 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love love LOVE Eddie's work. Photographers take pictures. Great photographers capture moments. Eddie captures moments in a style all his own.

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  • Carl

    Mesmerizing!

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  • KC

    Bourbon and brown sugar, of course a classic drink for a classic man. Eddie is a talented photographer and I enjoy following his works almost as much as I enjoy being his friend.

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  • Julie

    I am always wowed by the work of Eddie. I can look at his pictures all day and see stories in each one of them. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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  • Kristin

    The black and whites are truly stunning...so serene and beautiful. Love your work!

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  • K Johnson-Shadley
    K Johnson-Shadley October 17, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Thank you for sharing a part if yourself. Beautiful work.

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  • James

    Great!!!! Awesome!

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  • Marlene

    So talented - thanks for pointing us to this incredible artist!

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  • Char

    Eddies has an eye for art. He can see art in what some people think is so ordinary. He captures the true beauty of a lightning storm, a person at the end of a dock. He can make a picture become art and a story. He is a very talented artist!

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  • Dæmon Lee

    Great job, Eddie! I think it's safe to say that anyone would be extremely pleased to have one of your pieces of art on the wall :-) Cheers!

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  • Dixie Langley

    I think your photography is amazingly beautiful not to mention mezmurizing. Black and white photography and nature photography are my favorite kinds of photography and you combine both of these! Keep up the outstanding work.

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  • LaChelle

    His work is absolutely incredible with each picture bringing you into it. Eddie definitely does a great job of putting his soul into his work!

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  • Christine Palazzolo
    Christine Palazzolo October 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Eddie's work is truly awe inspiring -I have been to a number of the places Eddie photographs and its a completely new experience seeing them through Eddies prints.

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  • Michael Teo

    I have seen the images on Facebook but never given any thought about the work that goes into them. It is very enlightening to read about the process.

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  • Dena Patrick

    Eddie's talent knows no bounds. He can take something simple, yet capture a beauty beyond what the eye can see. Fantastic work!!

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  • Melanie Ford

    black and whites are my favorite. Amazing artistry!

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