Tischer's Nature: Memory on Canvas
By: J.L. Kuhlman, photographs courtesy of Ryan Tischer, Living North
Photographer Ryan Tischer stands out in his craft because of the emotions his photography evokes. Most of us have experienced a breathtaking landscape and attempted to capture it with a camera. When the film is developed or the digital images revealed, we are disappointed; what we see in the photo is not what we saw with our eyes.
Ryan Tischer attempts to recreate what his memory sees through his
photography. “Of course, memory is subjective, which offers me some artistic latitude in my process,” says Tischer. By tweaking the exposure, color or contrast in photographs, he can recreate not what his eyes saw, but what he remembers the image to have been at the time he took the photograph. In this way, he captures images that are more emotionally true than accurate to life.
As a resident of Duluth, graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and native of Carlton, Tischer feels a particular draw to the beauty and landscape of Northern Minnesota. Though drawn to the greater Twin Ports area, he says his interests are always changing. Lately Tischer has been particularly interested in the desert landscapes of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. His work ranges from rocky Lake Superior shoreline at sunrise to Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River in Arizona, to a birch forest in autumn that could be in one of any number of States.
Part of Tischer’s success as a photographer lies not only in his talent and motivation,but in his self-sufficiency. Over the last three years, Tischer has spent the majority of his income on the tools to create the finished products. Tischer not only takes the photographs and processes them himself, he also does his own printing on both archival paper and canvas; builds his own stretchers and frames; mats and mounts the photos; and even cuts his own glass when necessary. “This gives me more room to
be a perfectionist about the quality of the products I am creating and selling,” he says. “I have full control creatively and physically over the finished product.”
Most of Tischer’s sales come from the 35+ art shows he appears at
annually. His work can also be found in galleries and shops, including Just
for the Season, located in the Holiday Center and Quirks in Nisswa,
If you are interested in seeing more of Tischer’s work, log onto his
website at www.ryantischerphoto.com, where a full listing of his
scheduled future appearances can be found.