Amy Kurutz Lenhardt
Hello! Welcome to Studio Amy Images and my fine art photography.
As a lifelong artist, my very first camera was gifted to me at age 13. At this age, the death of my father eight years earlier started haunting me and I began to crave a connection to a man I barely remembered. Boxes and boxes of family photos beginning in the 1930’s triggered my curiosity of trying to get to know more about my dad. Every photo told a story. The feel and smell of the paper and film connected me to him. I studied faces, body language and locations in every photo. Missing pieces were coming together. A story was being told to me.
Dad was the family photographer who captured all our moments. When I found two of his old cameras in the attic, I stashed them away in my room before anyone could toss them. I knew his hands pushed the buttons to create those little squares of memories that kept him alive for me. A good chunk of my teenage years were spent sitting in my room looking at every photo over and over and over. My obsession with photography began as a way to continue a story that had come to an end too soon.
I was a product of the Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid One Step era. On my 16th birthday I was gifted a manual SLR and my photography obsession was in full swing capturing everything I could find. I started taking weekend trips to anywhere just to shoot rolls and rolls of film. Soon enough, I learned to develop my own film in school. Standing in the darkroom watching a photo appear on a piece of paper soaked in a tray of chemicals was sheer magic. Then came digital, I received my first compact digital camera after my second child was born and quickly after that I moved on to a DSLR. The immediate gratification of seeing a shot right after it is taken is certainly addicting. Delete the bad shots? Who would have thought? Genius! Obsession goes deeper! Editing my photos is a natural extension to my graphic design background. I started creating my own fine art photography in a style that meshes with my graphic design. Some of my editing mimics a nostalgic style using muted colors, while more of my work is bolder and sharper via my graphic design chops. My favorite is still the classic look of black & white. A romantic look that I have always been drawn to going back to the family snapshots of the 1930’s - 50’s. On occasion I break out the old cameras and shoot film. Film feels like a lost art and shooting it brings me back to my roots. Keeps me on my toes as I need to know my camera and how to set up a shot.
I’m creating new work all the time, preferring the great outdoors as my main focus with capturing special moments a close second. I am continuing the story I found in boxes in an attic decades ago. My vision and adventures will keep the story alive. Thank you Dad for this everlasting gift!