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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

 

Rockpile by Cliff Wassmann

 

Californian backlit by setting sun by Cliff Wassmann

 

Rainbow over tall ships by Cliff Wassmann

 

Spirit of Dana Point with Cloudy Skies by Cliff Wassmann

 

Ships in a Rainbow by Cliff Wassmann

 

Yellowstone Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Home on the Range by Cliff Wassmann

 

Colors of Yellowstone by Cliff Wassmann

 

Geyser Mineral Pool by Cliff Wassmann

 

Grizzly Bear in riverbed by Cliff Wassmann

 

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Cliff Wassmann

 

Lone Bison by Cliff Wassmann

 

Californian at Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Californian off the Dana Point Headlands by Cliff Wassmann

 

Californian and America off Dana Point by Cliff Wassmann

 

America at Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

America off Dana Point by Cliff Wassmann

 

Totality over Idaho Sand Dunes by Cliff Wassmann

 

2017 Eclipse by Cliff Wassmann

 

Totality by Cliff Wassmann

 

Into the Void by Cliff Wassmann

 

Killer Dana by Cliff Wassmann

 

Spring Storm by Cliff Wassmann

 

Reflections of Victoria Beach by Cliff Wassmann

 

Monchromatic Sunset by Cliff Wassmann

 

Sunset Panoramic by Cliff Wassmann

 

Springtime Super Bloom in California by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wildflower Super Bloom at Diamond Valley Lake by Cliff Wassmann

 

Colors of Springtime by Cliff Wassmann

 

Springtime at Heisler Park by Cliff Wassmann

 

Palm trees at Heisler Park by Cliff Wassmann

 

Above the Pacific by Cliff Wassmann

 

Dana Point Panoramic by Cliff Wassmann

 

Flower Trail Diamond Valley Lake by Cliff Wassmann

 

Springtime in Southern California by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wildflowers along Walker Canyone by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wildflowers and Blue Sky by Cliff Wassmann

 

Impressionist Wildflowers by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wildflower Detail by Cliff Wassmann

 

Golden Hillsides by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wildflower Superbloom by Cliff Wassmann

 

Walker Canyon Poppies by Cliff Wassmann

 

Wildflower Panoramic by Cliff Wassmann

 

Roadside Color by Cliff Wassmann

 

Roadside Flowers by Cliff Wassmann

 

Poppies from below by Cliff Wassmann

 

Poppies along Riverbed by Cliff Wassmann

 

Poppy Superbloom by Cliff Wassmann