Philip Ringler is a San Francisco Bay Area, California based artist specializing in contemporary conceptual fine art photography. He has a Master Of Fine Arts degree from John F. Kennedy University’s Arts and Consciousness program and a Bachelor Of Fine Arts degree from California State University, East Bay. He has worked as a professional photographer and artist since 1995. Ringler's work has been selected numerous times for ARTSLANT's juried exhibitions.Publications include a 2010 interview, “Darkness Ascending”, by editor Dean Brierly for Black and White Magazine. Philip exhibits his work locally, nationally and internationally. He produces photography books, and is also an educator, curator, musician, editor and writer. Ringler specializes in the philosophical and psychological aspects of conceptual photography. Please visit philipringler.com for more information.
I photograph states of mind: emotions, nightmares, energies and artifacts of this incongruous roller coaster called the human condition. Philosophical/psychological "landscapes": silver-based black and white images of suffering and redemption, confusion and clarity, ecstasy and death, turmoil and healing. Depth contrasts the superficial. Subterranean visions subvert consensus reality.
Paradox. Absurdity. Simulation. Authenticity.
The titles inform the images, andmetaphor overrides logic, making room for ambiguity and chance. Layers of symbols created from observations transcend factual representations.
Moments are not captured and memories are not preserved, ideas are presented.
The selection of specialty film, paper and developer, as well as the physical experience of darkroom printing are essential to this alchemical process. Each photograph is meticulously printed on textured triple weight, fiber-base, silver gelatin paper; hand processed in a homemade developer. I create unique 60”x40” prints as well as 13”x19” prints in editions of 5. I also create color photographs when it is appropriate for the subject matter. Please email me regarding purchase, exhibition requests, publication or other pertinent questions. www.philipringler.com