P T Fisher Bio

P T Fisher grew up in northwest Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University and the University of Chicago. He started and ran a metalworking company that sold in 1998. Photography had been an interest to him since college. One photo in particular locked his interest in the medium. After the business sold, he moved to Idaho and concentrated on photography. He joined the Art Source Gallery and served a stint as President.

  • His initial works “Photo Impressionism”. Which, as it sounds, were a variety of enhanced landscape and still life shots.
  • He moved on to “Abstractions”. Some had a photograph as the origin of an image and some images were pure graphic art.
  • Next the “Flora and Fauna” period. Primarily desert flowers, shorebirds and raptors.
  • Currently “Human Interest”. Candid shots of people in a variety of situations.

He frequently travels to San Francisco. Art museums are favorite stops. He became infatuated with the works of Cindy Sherman and Richard Avedon. Cindy could, with makeup and clothing, create a character that you new everything about or nothing about. Richard posed real people to get this effect.

He challenged himself to create these effects from everyday people. People either intense or placid. You will find him at horse tracks, casinos, markets, museums and city streets. He has returned to the style of the photo mentioned in the first paragraph, Human Interest.

If he has not made you think he has not done his job.

Artist Statement

I am a Photographer. My current work consists of Street Photography. I will on occasion do staged scenes and abstract work. I would like to expand the definition of Street Photography to Human Interest Photography. This includes both street and public indoor places. My tools are cameras and computers.

 I capture images of people that are engaged in an intense or mindless activity. These could consist of gambling, buying, selling, or arguing. I review these images and decide which to publish. I then work on the images so the viewer will feel and understand the emotional state of the person. Naming the image gives the viewer a clue about the activity the subject is pursuing. I believe a monochromatic image best represents the candid shots of my subjects.  Color in these photographs produces an unnecessary distraction.

 My staged works are completely different. I attempt to make an image that is not immediately understood but quickly raises questions. The many things going on in the image may at first confuse the viewer. Searching the image and wondering what it is about, is the objective.

If I have done my job, the viewer will look, think and continue to look and think.