An Artist’s Statement

I relish the visual surprise - the often commonplace image that startles me, forces me to stop, to gaze in wonder at a hidden world revealed and consider its visual appeal. Many of the photos in this show attempt to capture and evoke a sense of those moments.

The “Wall with Pipe” photo, for instance, evolved from a construction site in downtown Lexington. I reveled in the serendipity of the scene. Was the image accidental: Plaster, board, pipe and brick – pried and ripped, heedless of design, to lay bare what was and ready for what will be? Or had some ambitious art studio student made way in the night to give form, with the materials of an industrial palette, to an impromptu piece of installation art?

The image was there on a Wednesday, when this photograph was conceived, but gone when I returned two days later to enjoy again this artistic treasure. I’d like to believe a construction worker paused, if only for a moment, to gaze in wonder before covering that construction site canvas with dry wall.

My photography celebrates and attempts to impart the beauty and intensity of the visual surprise, of perhaps the ordinary and utilitarian reconceived as art. The French painter Edgar Degas expressed it well when he wrote: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

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Rich Greissman Biography

Having studied anthropology and education, Rich Greissman pursued a professional career as a teacher and administrator for forty years. A native New Yorker, Rich’s career spanned high school and college teaching in places as geographically and culturally diverse as Central New York, rural Zimbabwe and Kentucky. For thirty years he held senior-level administrative positions in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Provost’s Office at the University of Kentucky. He retired from UK in June of 2014.

Rich is also a professional photographer with a two-fold interest in architectural and landscape photography. With Professor Emeritus Karl Raitz (Geography, University of Kentucky), Rich is producing a mobile app focused on a walking tour of Lexington’s downtown architecture. The app will be available free-of-charge for use by the city of Lexington, its residents, visitors and businesses to promote and celebrate the city’s rich architectural history. Rich anticipates that the app will be released in time for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in October.

Rich is married to Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, a native Lexingtonian, accomplished singer, university administrator and academic historian, specializing in 19th century American Southern history. Rich and Randolph have been married for thirty-five years. They have two children – Rudo, an independent artist living in New Zealand; and Eliana, who will start veterinarian school this fall.