A child of the 70s and 80s, Rob was first introduced to photography through his family’s Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid cameras. After immersing himself in the photography classes offered at his high school, he went on to study photography in college where he spent countless hours in the darkroom processing film and refining his printing technique. This resulted in a very strong attention to detail, which he continues to employ in his shooting and post-processing, even in today’s digital era of photography.

With a focus on fine art, portraiture, and conceptual photography, much of Rob’s work draws upon his dark sense of humor and his love of surrealism, the avant garde, and all things absurd.

Rob draws much of his inspiration from groundbreaking B&W film photographers of the past century such as Duane Michals, Ralph Gibson, Arnold Newman, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Mortensen, Jerry Uelsmann, and many others. Additionally, there are many contemporary photographic artists that provide him with ongoing inspiration and challenge him to push his own boundaries even further. Lasse Hoile, Russell Joslin, Candi Kalinsky, Anja Rosgen, and Daria Endresen are just a few that he turns to for regular inspiration. Rob is also influenced by other visual artists including Zdzilsaw Beksinski, H.R. Giger, Edward Gorey, Rene Magritte, Francis Bacon, and Storm Thorgerson.

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