New York City. The attraction this city radiates is quite extraordinary. Also for art photographer Peter Liepke. For his series ‘Above & Beyond‘ he creates New York City images that feel like charcoal drawings: dark, intimate, mysterious. Using the laborious Gum Bichromate process he creates a layered image which is made strictly by hand.
In his own words: “To me the series is about breaking away and chasing a dream. After growing up in suburban Minnesota…as an artist, like many before me, and many more who will continually arrive in NYC each day, we embrace the challenge of wanting to broaden our lives by moving into a bigger arena. So for this series I wanted to go back and try to remember my feelings or first impressions upon arriving in NYC as an outsider for the first time well over twenty years ago.”
Peter Liepke: “The most important life lesson my parents taught me was that no matter how difficult the odds may be, with a deep passion and hard work it’s never too late to start over and create a new beginning in your life, to always deeply trust your own artistic instinct, and as difficult as it may be at times . . . never ever stop believing in yourself.”
Let’s take this great wisdom into the new year!
Happy year end and thank you so much for reading my Fieldnotes in 2014!
All images from Peter Liepkes website