Photographer, Christopher Pfeil will be at mt burton Gallery,1819 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ (Click here for more art work)
represented by m t burton Gallery
Chris Pfeil is a talented local photographer originally from Cranford, NJ who graduated from Stockton University as an art major. He has captured beauty all over the world with his camera and keen eye, however he is most known for his local shots surrounding his home in Barnegat Light, NJ and the rest of the island.
For the past 30 years this Barnegat Light photographer has been using natural light to capture the tranquil serenity of the bay and the adrenaline inducing majesty of ocean waves in his images. His subjects can be interpreted as representational or purely abstract. He currently uses a digital camera and sorely misses the days of when he used a darkroom to develop his images. His prints are always black and white.
He prints on both canvases and paper, many are large for their visual impact.
As a teenager Pfeil spent his days on LBI could always be found in or on the water, surfing in the ocean or boating in a dingy on the bay. After graduating college he took a surfing trip and drove from New Jersey to Panama with buddies. Still learning how to use his camera he was encouraged by them to just keep taking pictures. Not necessarily realizing it at the time, he was actually studying the waves, the rhythms, the textures of the water, the effect of the sun reflecting off the water surface and how the light and mood would change with cloud cover. He would photograph and document these surf, and travel experiences through the small towns, and cities, and analyze what he captured on film. Once home, Pfeil and friends would get together and have slide show viewing parties. Over time the slide shows would become more like art happenings at retail galleries and surf shops. These shows sparked an interest in his work and opened up opportunities to exhibit.
Pfeil’s patience in the water has paid off. With his camera close at hand he is ready to capture a moment at any time. Many of his images reflect his fine tuned sense of composition and value. Using his honed skill set to recognize what is in front of him, Pfeil knows just the right moment to shoot the shot. What looks like the perfectly orchestrated picture of channel markers popping out of a smooth as glass water is really Pfeil’s ability to know the best time of year, time of day and weather conditions to be out and about on the island. Plus a keen eye for optimum conditions and patience. In Pfeil’s true humble nature, he admits there is some serendipity in his work. When he’s “feeling it” and has special interest in the subject the results are almost always true and resonate with the viewer. A Chris Pfeil print captures those moments on LBI.