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Artist Spotlight :: Ian Ruhter Interview

A photographer, inventor and alchemist, Ian Ruhter is doing what no other fine artist is doing and taking the art scene by storm. Ian, a Lake Tahoe native, became a successful professional photographer in the 90s after a stint as a pro snow boarder. His subjects were mostly boarders like himself. As film evolved to digital, Ian became disenchanted with the process and that lead on a life changing journey. A journey that eventually set him apart from all other photographers and artists. In a realm of fine art so unique it’s hard to categorize. Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing Ian about this journey and the incredible fine art he creates.

Ian Ruhter Interview via @simplifiedbeeConvivt Lake // Ian Ruhter // fine artist

Simplified Bee: When did you fall in love with photography?

Ian Ruhter: I fell in love with photography when I realized it was more than just the act of documenting things. I learned that I could communicate through photographs. This change the way I saw the world.

Ian Ruhter // fine artistIan Ruhter Artist // Interview via @simplifiedbee Ian Ruhter // fine artist

(images above – Ian, his truck and at work)

SB: You have stated that over the years you became disillusioned by the advances in photography and it lead you on a journey to the amazing images you create today. Please elaborate.

IR: To me the advancements in photography symbolize the society we are living in today. We are encouraged to purchase these mass-produced items that only last for a few years and then end up in a landfill. These items allow us to communicate through the Internet in place of real human interaction. This revelation left me feeling disconnected from the people and things I love. Once I found the wet plate collodion process I realized I could make handmade one-of-a-kind images that would last for hundreds of years. This process is incredibly time-consuming you can take an entire day just to make one image, but  because it is so slow it allows you to really get to know the person or landscape you’re photographing. With digital photography I feel like you take the photo instantly and then you move on. I wasn’t interested in just taking things anymore.

Oak Tree // Ian Ruhter // fine artist

(above image: Ian holding one of his works of art)

SB: Tell us about your process of creating these unique works of art?

IR: The process I use to create these images is quite complex and yet simple at the same time. In order to make these images I created the world’s largest wet plate collodion camera out of a delivery truck, but the idea did not happen overnight. During the designing and building of the giant camera I reached a point where I thought it wouldn’t be possible.  A year of failures and disappointments had passed and one day it came to me. My thought was that the camera was so large that I could actually work inside of it.  I realized that I would become the mechanics that operated this device and my brain would act as the computer that would allow it to operate in unison. After this all the pieces started coming together and it eventually worked out. Looking back on it the answer was so simple and my biggest hurdle was not being able to see the potential in myself. Today, the camera truck enables us to make images of this kind in a size that was deemed impossible for the past 150 years and with it I have successfully created a 48 x 60” image.

Mammoth Lake // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: Do you have a favorite you’ve created?

IR: I don’t  have a favorite image.

The plates are physical reminders of the people and places I’ve encountered in the process of making them. The thought of finding the next image is my favorite.

snow covered trees // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

IR: I can’t think of one item that is indispensable. Everything that’s in my studio is used or has been a part of this incredible journey.

LA // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: If you could work alongside with any artist (living or passed), who would it be and why?

IR: I would love to work alongside Leonardo da Vinci. He was a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. The combination of all these things allowed him to create works of art that were far beyond the physical objects. They were many years ahead of its time maybe and our time.

monument valley // artist ian ruhter

SB: What’s next for Ian Ruhter?

IR: I would like to continue working with this process and traveling throughout the United States. I want to tell the stories of the people and places that I call home.

Ian Ruhter // Lake Tahoe Fine Artist

(above image: Ian and team holding a wet plate collodion of old growth pine trees on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada Beach)

Keep in mind that these images of Ian’s work don’t even start to translate the incredible beauty, emotion and uniqueness that each one processes. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Ian’s studio in Tahoe. I was thrilled, memorized and simply in awe to see first hand some of the incredible masterpieces he has created. The scale of the original wet plate collodions are mind blowing. The depth and intricacy of each work is truly amazing. His landscapes instantly reminded me of some of Ansel Adams work. And I believe Ian’s work will one day hang in fine art museums around the world. They are that special.

follow your dreams // Ian Ruhter quote

Ian, I’m so glad you took a leap off the cliff to this new world of photography. You’re an inspiration!

Follow Ian and his dream on Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo. He’s one to watch!

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Read full story By on October 29, 2015 in Features, Interviews, lake tahoe, original artwork

Over the Moon

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moon photographs // bedroom

“I love you to the moon and back”. It’s a saying that’s used a lot in my house and so when I spot moons in home decor, it always makes me smile. I particularly have been drawn to the moon phase photographs at Restoration Hardware. They would look amazing in just about any space!

To celebrate my love for the moon in all it’s phases (and recent lunar eclipse), I’ve rounded up a few favorites!
over the moon // home decor // www.simplifiedbee.com

product picks:

1 drinking glass // 2 photograph  // 3 baby blanket

4 note card // 5 crib bedding

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Read full story By on September 29, 2015 in 5 favorites, baby and children, baby nursery room, bedrooms, contemporary decor, Features, stationary

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Master Bathroom

Today I’m sharing another fabulous interior design from the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase (open now through May 25th). Located just of the main staircase on the second floor, you’ll find the “En Vogue Salon” designed by Tineke Triggs and her team at Artistic Designs for Living. Inspired by the July 1966 Vogue Magazine cover, the master bathroom and make-up salon are nothing by glamorous.

Front and center, Triggs hangs a commissioned photograph by Danielle Mourning (courtesy of Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts). Just below is an oval freestanding tub that sits on a custom stone floor (designed by Triggs) and is beautifully framed by dip-dyed linen ombre curtains. The hand formed brass and steel Palermo chandelier which hand just above the tub is an absolute head turner! Adjacent to the tub is a custom double vanity featuring period details such as the geometric hand-painted gold applique coupled with brass and lucite hardware. A luxurious chaise covered in an emerald velvet is a nod to the striking eye color found in the ’66 Vogue cover. A super groovy black and white piece hangs just above the sitting area. The shower with feathered herringbone marble tile bridges the master bathroom and dressing room space. The make-up salon walls are strikingly wrapped in Vogue Magazine covers (actually a fabric by James Malone Fabrics). Its the perfect space to prepare for an evening out!
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happy decorating,

cristin

And just in case you’ve missed it:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Sneak Peek

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen and Family Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Powder Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Living Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Laundry Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Girls Bathroom

*photo credit Eric Rorer

 

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Read full story By on May 20, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, textiles, tile, wallpaper, window treatments

Nursery Room Ideas :: The Animal Print Shop

What spawns the design for a nursery room? Often times it can be a fabric, paint color or even crib design. However, in some cases its the artwork. This is certainly the case for many of the nursery rooms that feature the beautiful photography of animals by Sharon Montrose. From forest to farm, Montrose has captured the most amazing images images of animals (many babies themselves) perfect for an infant’s new space and sells them directly at The Animal Print Shop. Here are a few of my favorite nursery room ideas found on their blog.

elephant nursery room design

nursery design // baby rhino artwork // ikea crib

flamingo nursery room for baby girl

girls nursery // bird wallpaper // The Animal Print Shop

girl's nursery room // triangle accent wall in pink

boho nursery room design

modern earthy organized kid's room // shelf with hooks

Adorable, right?

happy decorating,

cristin

*all photos via The Amimal Print Shop Blog

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Read full story By on February 6, 2015 in baby and children, baby nursery room, contemporary decor, crib, decorating small spaces, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall