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Seagulls at Orient Point
Seagulls at Orient Point

 

Chilling
My models
on a break
I am a fine-art photographer from New York, have had a number of shows and have received a few awards as listed below.  In the not too distant past, I was tacking up a bed sheet with thumbtacks on a wall and shooting under the yellow light of a bare bulb.  While the bed sheet has been replaced with a backdrop and the bulb has been replaced with quartz lighting, I am still in touch with my humble beginnings.

I still work mostly out of a messy, cramped apartment in New York.  With the number of photographs I try to maintain on this website, there are many which you won't like and hopefully many which you will enjoy.  True to my philosophy of life, I don't want to narrow my portfolio to the best of the best because you may find a diamond in the rough among my 2nd best images.

self portrait

Would you buy a used car from this man?

  • 1991 - Studied basic photography at Dowling College, Oakdale.
  • 1992 - First Place Fire Island Photography Contest, black and white division.
  • 1994 - Sayville Summer Festival Art Show
  • 1994 - Internet website publication, hbutz.com
  • 1997 - World Fine Art Gallery Group Show
  • 1998 - Solo Exhibition, Nicholas Joseph Art Gallery, Penn Plaza
  • 2001 - Sayville Summer Festival Art Show (expunged because of content)
  • 2001 - Bond Con Fetish and Bondage Convention NYC
  • 2002 - Double Exposure Group Show, Soho Photo, Tribeca
  • 2002 - Through the Lens of 9/11 Group Show, Soho Photo, Tribeca
  • 2002 - Clouds Solo Show, Soho Photo, Tribeca
  • 2003 - EEPG Group Show, Image Gallery, Riverhead
  • 2003 - Reflections Group Show, Image Gallery, Riverhead
  • 2004 - EEPG Spring Group Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
  • 2004 - EEPG Blue Moon Summer Celebration Exhibition, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton
  • 2004 - EEPG Holiday Exhibition, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
  • 2005 - EEPG Waiting for Summer, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
  • 2006 - EEPG Chasing The Light, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton
  • 2007 - The Kinsey Institute 2007 Juried Art Show, Indiana University
  • 2008 - Book publication Reflections
  • 2012 - Solo Show Banished From Sayville, bjspoke gallery, Huntington
  • 2013 - Group Show Artist Choice, bjspoke gallery, Huntington
  • 2014 - Group Show Harvest of Artists, bjspoke gallery, Huntington
  • 2015 - Harvest of Artists, Huntington, NY
  • 2016 - I'm Ready For My Close-up Exhibition, Manhasset, NY
  • 2017 - Internet website publication surrealcinema.com
  • 2018 - The Art of the Figure Exhibition, Setauket, NY

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Art is the conveyance of intangible ideas and emotions through a tangible medium. The Nude has been a theme for art and photography ever since a caveman scribbled a doodle on the wall of a cave thirty-seven thousand years ago at Abri Castanet in France.

The Nude is a perfect vehicle for delivering an emotional response since few of us fail to react to a nude image. The challenge for the photographer is to sway the observer away from the pornographic to embrace the human form as art and a celebration of life, humanity, and sexuality.

My work explores the abstraction of the human form free from an environmental element. The curvilinear qualities of the body in direct contrast to the rectilinear flat, emptiness of black space provide tension between ground and foreground weaving form and cosmos together. Combined, they journey through contemplation, melting and resurfacing like the atmosphere in which they reside.

My aesthetic practice is a combination of minimalism with the philosophy of how the body "thinks" through unmediated perception, rather than through reason and language. This approach of "being" and "nothingness" captivates the viewer through a primeval manifestation of their senses.

Influenced by the aesthetics of photographers such as Connie Imboden and Robert Mapplethorpe, my photography continues to be a process of deep introspection, clarifying and making visual the reality of my life and concerns at that particular moment in time and space whenever I press my shutter.

No digital post-process manipulation or distortion is performed. The images captured are identical to what is seen through my lense and what I desire to share with the viewer.

h.butz

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