Anne Morrison Rabe
Open Studio Hours May 13/14 and May 20/21, 11am - 5pm
Based in Lafayette, California, and Marquette, Michigan, mobile photographer Anne Morrison Rabe originally aspired to be a children's book illustrator. She studied art at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Financial reality set in so she embarked on a career in advertising and later founded a printing business with her husband. She has utilized many creative outlets over the years - from gardening to cooking - but has always taken photos to record events, travels and the people in her life.
In 2013, Anne began exploring the possibilities of using her digital photographic images in a way that would combine her love of photography with painting and illustration. She studied with a professional photographer turned iPhoneographer learning how to use multiple applications to manipulate her work, creating unique non-literal depictions.
The natural world is her studio. She almost always carries her iPhone with her in order to spontaneously capture images which focus on the botanical, in addition to landscapes. Having homes in both the San Francisco Bay Area and on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan - as well as traveling in between - provides unlimited subject matter.
Anne’s work has been featured in two recently published Jen Tough Gallery art books, “Fun Size” and “Wild Lands.” In 2022 she has shown in over 25 online and in-person juried art fairs and shows including the Superfine Art Fair in San Francisco, Red Dot Miami, Artist Alliance on Artsy, Gray Loft Gallery, Marin Society of Arts, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and Manhattan Arts International. Her limited-edition photographs are displayed by collectors as far afield as New York, NY, San Sebastian, Spain and Maui, Hawaii.
I look at the natural, mostly botanical, world — and what others might pass by — from an unusual perspective. I not only focus on the details of the subject matter, but of the negative space around it as well. I am most interested in organically occurring patterns and shapes; therefore, my photography verges on the abstract or painterly, an illustrative rather than literal medium.
Using an iPhone and multiple applications, my method is truly mobile, bringing an immediacy to my work that allows me to chronicle and share my unique point of view. I utilize a number of different media and combinations thereof on which to reproduce my work, including aluminum, acrylic, wood, canvas and paper. The image dictates to me the surface materials I choose in order to create an organic whole.
Recently, I have been experimenting with adding hand drawn elements to my photographic prints, bringing my illustration background back into play. You may just as often find me shooting my images in the floral department of my local grocery store as on hikes in the Michigan Northwoods. I find creative inspiration everywhere and love the spontaneity of being able to use my phone to interpret my vision.