Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. But for a photographer, it’s through the lens of a camera. Fine Art Photographer Barry Wolf, began his storied career in the media and then, later in life, became impassioned about capturing the world through the click of a camera. For many years, the art of storytelling took place through moving pictures until Barry realized that the opportunity to snap still frames offered a indelible impression of an image – one that could last a lifetime. So this award-winning director and producer followed in the lyrics of Paul Simon, “Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors, Gives those greens of summers, They make you think that all the world’s a sunny day, Well I’ve got a Nikon camera, I love to take photographs, So Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away”…
RBG: Why did you decide to pursuit art as a profession?
BW: For more than 30 years I was a television producer, director, and writer. I was nominated for a TV Emmy, voted Director of the Year and won many awards including the Chicago Film Festival’s Award for a Short Film. When I decided to retire from that profession, I turned to my first passion which is making images and I decided that photography would be a great outlet to express myself and to share my view of the world.
RBG: Who are you most influenced by as an artist and as a person?
BW: The following quotes are why I was influenced by these great minds and talents:
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” Ansel Adams – Photographer
“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” Miles Davis – Jazz Musician
“I see no reason for recording the obvious.” Edward Weston -Photographer
“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.” Bob Dylan – Singer, song writer, poet
“ I wish I knew what I know now when I was younger” Ooh la la – Musical Rock Group
“Art lies between structure and spontaneity.” Hillary Clinton – Senator, Secretary of State
“Its not enough to be busy, the question is what are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau – Author
RBG: What motivates you?
BW: For me, producing images is like breathing, it’s something I’m compelled to do. When I perceive an idea and see it come to life on a piece of paper as a photographic print, I feel that it’s about as good as it’s going to get for me on this earth.
RBG: What’s your favorite color?
BW: The color I’m working with when I conceive the final print of my photograph.
RBG: What is your ultimate goal and impact as an artist?
BW: To have my images when viewed enlighten, delight and illuminate thought; to provoke context, and discussion about the human condition.
RBG: What advice would you give a young artist?
BW: I don’t feel that I am in a position to consult young artists. I would pass along only this one thought. Do not expect to become wealthy and famous. Produce your art with joy and find your satisfaction in your work and not from others.
RBG: Who would you love to meet and what would you ask them?
BW: I would love to meet or have met God. If I had the opportunity I would ask him or her what he or she was thinking about when he created man and woman? I’d also like to know where we are. What is the universe and where is it?
RBG: Where would you love to live or travel?
BW: I am a native Chicagoan and I live in one of the world’s greatest cities! I can’t think of a place I would rather be than here in Chicago. Our architecture, lake and diverse population is what inspires me. Although I must confess the winters are not a lot of fun and I escape to Arizona. However, Phoenix is no Chicago and I don’t think I could be away from the city I call home for more then a season.
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