Ralph Gabriner


Bronx Rock Crusher

Bronx Rock Crusher

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Bronx Tire Shop

Bronx Tire Shop

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Broadway and 238th St.

Broadway and 238th St.

Pigment Inkjet Print
18” x 12”
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20” x 13”

Coney Island

Coney Island

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park

Pigment Inkjet Print
12” x 18”
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13” x 20”

Metro North Bronx NY

Metro North Bronx NY

Pigment Inkjet Print
18” x 12”
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20” x 13”

 

Ralph Gabriner-headshot“These photographs are no act of imagination. They exist only as the accidental result of shoe leather meeting subject matter. This is my way of saying at the outset that I approach without preconception.  Anyway, life is much stranger than I could ever imagine.  It is an odd fact, but for me the act of stumbling around is more effective as a method for taking pictures (even though it’s a tiresome process) than it would be to hire some actors and stage a play for the camera.

For example, I would never have the imagination to blow life into a line of laundry as it was drying on a windy day.  And, it would never occur to me to devise a giant machine that crushes rock and then place a man on top of this machine wearing a bandana while the mirage of a new car floats in the sky behind him.  Only the greatest theatrical talent could imagine such a thing, and then to stage it, why it would cost a fortune!  It’s better to stroll around the Bronx where such things are known to take place, free of charge.  And, even if you had the money to squander on such a project how would you ever train birds to fly in formation beneath an overhead pipeline?

No, I’ve thought about this awhile now, and I’ve come to this conclusion:  There is no concept born in my brain that could ever be as vital as the interweaving of elements that occurs every day without my even saying a word or issuing a command.  One just has to get out and “be there.”  In case you don’t have the time for that, I’ve done it for you.”

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