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Cliff Wassmann

Cliff Wassmann

Laguna Beach, CA

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At a time when cell phones have made everyone a photographer and "images of the day" flicker by on facebook postings, Wassmann's work invites viewers to hit the pause button on their digital lives and take in the sublime. The difference between his work and the flood of imagery coming from all quarters is Wassmann's life-long artistic passion. As an oil painter for 15 years before experimenting with large-format film photography in the 90's, the heart of his photography is based on a love of landscape painting. It was his quest for originality that lead Wassmann to work exclusively from his own photos as references for his award-winning, highly realistic paintings.

Initially the photos he took were just for the purposes of painting studies and not much regard for technical quality was necessary. Some images however, stood out as artistic statements of their own. Seeing the success of these, Wassmann invested in 4x5 and 8x10 photographic equipment. These cameras, with larger film frames than even IMAX movies produced stunning images which surpass even the best digital cameras today.

Unfortunately printing technology fell behind in reproducing these richly detailed transparencies. In addition, the chemicals and expense in printing, and short life-spans of the prints relegated color photography to second-class art pieces. Digital processing and printing has changed all that. Working with state-of-the-art printing technology Wassmann is now producing stunning prints from his original transparencies as well as newer imagery created with high-resolution digital cameras.

Wassmann's knack for catching spectacular events such as lightning bolts, rainbows and dramatic sunsets in the South Orange County area has made his work a local favorite. It has appeared in hundreds of magazines, books and web sites world-wide and as an exclusive Getty Images iStock.com contributor is regularly used by designers.

If you are in the Laguna Beach area please stop by: Studio hours posted at http://artseek.com. And don't miss the 2018 Sawdust Art Festival. June 29th to Sept. 2nd. http://sawdustartfestival.org

 

Lighting over the Montage Resort by Cliff Wassmann

 

Moon and Thunderstorm by Cliff Wassmann

 

Lighting over the Ocean by Cliff Wassmann

 

Lighting over the Headlands by Cliff Wassmann

 

Ocean Dreams by Cliff Wassmann

 

Turguoise Dreams by Cliff Wassmann

 

South Swell Thousand Steps Beach by Cliff Wassmann

 

South Swell South Laguna BW by Cliff Wassmann

 

South Swell South Laguna by Cliff Wassmann

 

Crescent Bay September Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Twin Point Palms Crescent Bay by Cliff Wassmann

 

San Clemente Surf by Cliff Wassmann

 

Crystalline Surf by Cliff Wassmann

 

Sunset Run by Cliff Wassmann

 

Edge of the Hurricane by Cliff Wassmann

 

Beneath the Waves by Cliff Wassmann

 

Distant Shores by Cliff Wassmann

 

Breaking Through by Cliff Wassmann

 

Food Fight by Cliff Wassmann

 

Sunset on the Western Interior Seaway by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wedged In by Cliff Wassmann

 

Exy Johnson Backlit by Cliff Wassmann

 

Twin Tallships at Sea by Cliff Wassmann

 

Backlit Tallships by Cliff Wassmann

 

Scotchmans Cove Crystal Cove by Cliff Wassmann

 

Golden Surf by Cliff Wassmann

 

Killer Dana Moonset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Blood in the Water by Cliff Wassmann

 

High Tide by Cliff Wassmann

 

Scripps Pier black and white by Cliff Wassmann

 

Scripps Pier La Jolla by Cliff Wassmann

 

Scripps Pier at Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Midnight Breaker by Cliff Wassmann

 

Green Dream by Cliff Wassmann

 

Hurricane Surf by Cliff Wassmann

 

The Wedge ii by Cliff Wassmann

 

The Wedge by Cliff Wassmann

 

Main Beach Reflections by Cliff Wassmann

 

Winter Sunset Shaws Cove by Cliff Wassmann

 

Dreamy Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Cloudscape Pano by Cliff Wassmann

 

Calm Seas by Cliff Wassmann

 

Keyhole Arch and Montage Resort by Cliff Wassmann

 

Pacific Symphony by Cliff Wassmann

 

Tidepools at Days End by Cliff Wassmann

 

Rock formations at Corona del Mar by Cliff Wassmann

 

Sunset Glow at Corona del Mar by Cliff Wassmann

 

Corona del Mar Panoramic by Cliff Wassmann