Life and Shadow: 2009-2017
Rancho Corral de Tierra: 2002-2007
Sangre de Cristo: 2003-2006
Thru the Green Fuse: 1999-2003
California photographer Robert Buelteman’s images are “Energetic Photograms” — made with neither camera nor lens by placing living plants on his easel made of a sheet of metal encased in Plexiglas and applying high-voltage electricity and fiber optic light to render the image. Photograms employ the essential nature of photography: the ability of light-sensitive media to capture an image when exposed, regardless of the source of the exposure, whether it be light energy passed through the aperture of a camera, or, in Buelteman’s work, via his hand-delivered high-voltage electricity and fiber optic technique.