Saturday, February 17, 2018

Linguistics Of Music: A Portrait

"Portraits should offer more than perfectly 
lit images of someone's face. 
They should open a window 
to that person's essence." 

-Rick Burnett Baker

We were privileged yesterday evening to have Cellist Kevin Maa join us at the Montanus Gallery for a photoshoot and impromptu 'concert'.  Kevin is an accomplished musician, and has been auditioning for entrance into Rochester NY's acclaimed Eastman School of Music.  (Visit these embedded links.)

Here are a few photos I took during our session.  These are not typical 'portraits' but rather what I call 'candid portraits' that attempt to peer deeper into a person's being.

Portraits should offer more than perfectly lit images of someone's face.  They should open a window to that person's essence.

We wish Kevin the very best in his artistic and professional endeavors!




 "Listen To The Melody"

 Kevin Maa



All Photos ©Rick Burnett Baker 
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Photography Challenges

Been a while since I've posted here.  Seems that blogs tend to be considered "last century" with all the changing social media platforms these days.  I retired in November of 2016, and have been busier than ever with my photography endeavors, road trips, photo essay exhibits, media coverage, and work at our gallery. I'll be off to Asia for a month in March/April for photo shoots and business talks.

To update anyone still following blogs, I was invited to be a gallery partner with noted Rochester photographer Jim Montanus over a year ago.  This January we have moved with two other photography partners to Village Gate here in Rochester NY.  Larger space, retail presence, and many exciting photo exhibits and events planned and in the works!

I invite you to look me up on Facebook:  Rick Burnett Baker.  (Have to use the middle name because of that Academy Award winning special effects artist Rick Baker).

Also I have two other Facebook pages: , and .  There is also the Bird Can Sing Facebook page that is the precursor to my charitable foundation that is being developed now.  Here are a couple of links:  and my website

Check out the Montanus Gallery Facebook page, Google my gallery partner Jim Montanus and his father Neil Montanus, who was a famous Kodak photographer for nearly 40 years.  Neil did Walt Disney's official portrait that is still used by the Disney company today, and President Gerald Ford's official White House portrait as well.  Neil will be 91 next month, and occasionally come into the gallery to greet fans.

Cheers to you all, and I'll try to post more often here going forward!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Prayer And Redemption? Asceticism Or Madness?

What is the human condition if not uncertain?  I may believe that I'm normal and sane.  My view of the ascetic's behavior will serve to validate my belief.  

The deeper questions require me to qualify that reasoning.  In quiet moments alone, am I the one most in need of prayer and redemption? 

Click on photos to enlarge: 
Prayer serves to plead, beg redemption, or 
give thanks.  Sometimes it's a soliloquy over
real or imagined states of being. 

To witness is a public display of personal belief.
Motives often remain painfully personal. 

The face of resolve reflects determination, 
reluctance, gratitude, anger, relief or any 
number of emotions.  The face of madness,
however, reveals nothing. 

Photos/Text ©Rick Burnett Baker 
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This photo essay is an excerpt from my developing series "Dream: Please Excuse Our Appearance"™.   This photo essay/exhibit is tentatively slated to show in late summer of 2018.   

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Faith At Dawn

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©Rick Burnett Baker
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

SERIES: The Architecture of Grief and Redemption™. A Preview.

I shot these photos at a Civil War reenactment at 
Letchworth State Park New York on May 20, 2017. 

Some of these will be support photos in my upcoming
photo-essay show for Rochester's First Friday Gallery Night 
at the Montanus Gallery in Rochester, NY in August.  

I've never attended a Civil War reenactment.  It seems an odd
event, but one that I found to be oddly thought provoking. 

Click on photos to enlarge

"A call to arms is a singularly 
devastating event that can only
be reconciled through survival or death. 

Neither are certain." 

In Doubt/In Prayer

as we keep you in our steed we anguish over
destiny, and bitter that this is so.  

the anarchy of living is having no extant guide
to offer meaning for the presumed grand scheme, 
for the aftermath unseen. 

-RB 2012

"Glory in death exists only for the redemption 
of those left behind." 

"Of all the human qualities that survive war, 
innocence is not among them."

"I laugh because I must not cry." 
-Abraham Lincoln

Photos/Original Text © Rick Burnett Baker 
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sheltered and Content

multitudes of me

multitudes of me follow and precede
cautious steps unknown;

every moment is eternal, each step
describes the season as ‘uphill’.  

solitude in me listens for silence 
within silence, content. 

Photo Original © by Pat Zarpentine (Original photo not shown on this post)
Photo digitally altered by Rick Burnett Baker
Poem © Rick Burnett Baker
Altered Photos © Rick Burnett Baker