Press and Reviews

From Lumas Gallery, Berlin, DE, December 2014

"The great Elliott Erwitt once remarked that 'photography is an art of observation. It is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.' Andrea B. Stone's work brilliantly encapsulates this perspective on the essence of photography. Where painting, architecture, and photography intersect, the artist discovers moments of beauty in our everyday lives. It is only when we study her poetic cityscapes that their true subject is revealed; as we re-examine the pictures, the geometric structures and patterns merge back into their original forms. We begin to recognize the light-filled streets, and we start to make out individual details in the reflective surfaces of the skyscrapers.

Inspired by impressionism, Stone atmospherically connects facades, reflections, and cityscapes in her impressive work. With meticulous composition, and by using coloured accents, the artist creates works that remain in our memory. Stone's photographs do not just temporarily shift our perspective, they invite us to see the painterly aspects of the architecture we encounter in our daily lives."

White Tower

Andrea B. Stone — White Tower



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"Californian Andrea Stone delivers a tour de force with her un-manipulated, color close-ups of glass and metal sheathed urban buildings. With a background in landscape architecture and inspiration from Impressionist painters, Stone deftly arranges the patterning of reflective architectural surfaces with their surroundings into gorgeous, lyrical distortions of composition and hue — abstract allusion at its best. The combination of naturally luminescent colors with tack-sharp focus and softly undulating contours is simply breathtaking."

Frank G Interpreted #1

Andrea B. Stone — Frank G Interpreted #1



We discovered a review of Andrea's City Reflections Project by David E. Wolf, a physicist and photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. What follows are excerpts from the review from his Hati and Skoll Gallery Blog on August 30, 2013:

"As I said yesterday, time is flying and I am behind on everything. I have indicated before that my favorite photography magazine is LensWork. Nothing, in my opinion, beats it at present. With most photomags you find that the photographer's website offers better reproductions than the magazine. In the case of LensWork it can go the other way, and I think that this is a real compliment to the effort and, frankly dedication to image, that they put into it. I find that I am now an issue behind with LensWork, just like View Camera. But I digress!

A few weeks ago I found in LensWork the truly glorious and amazing work of photographer Andrea Stone. I was happy to find that these images could also be seen on "The Stone Photography" website, which Andrea shares with her husband Rob Stone. As a result I can share them with you.

Ms. Stone relates her transformative moment as being drawn to Claude Monet's work "The Magpie," and with that to the realization of what an image can be. She has made a study of city scapes reflected in distorted patterns in window glasses. But such a description is really way too mechanical, because what she has created is in itself transformation. It bridges photography with impressionist art, creating magical pictures that could just as easily be paintings. When the building doing the reflecting is by architect Frank Gehry, the end result is simply amazing! Looking at her work is one of those great wow moments, when you just fall in love with photography all over again.

Ms. Stone loves cities like Portland, OR, where there is a delicate mixture of the antique and classic with the new and modern. She relates the challenges of photographing buildings in a post 9/11 world, where the photographer is challenged for her interest in a particular building. And then there is the challenge of light that all photographers face. The fact that you can return on a second day to the same observing spot, at the same time of day, and under identical weather conditions and the reflection will be altogether different. It is like a reminder that we move in both space and time and can never truly return to the same spot."

Monet Painting

Claude Monet, "The Magpie," from the Wikimedia Commons.
Original in the Musee D’Orsay.



In October 2009 we were fortunate enough to have our show at the Rominger Winery favorably reviewed by Melissa Hiatt, Art Critic for The Davis Enterprise. See excerpt below.

Rominger West, a local winery and art gallery, is amiably disguised behind flat, black asphalt and a slightly bleak warehouse.

But once through the heavy glass doors, the exterior aesthetic falls away. Oak barrels reach from the floor to the rafters, the heady smell of wine permeates, and toasty walls play house to exquisite photographs by Andrea and Rob Stone.

Photography shows are mounted frequently here in Davis; we're fortunate to live amongst a talented, lens-packing crew. It's not often, however, that the images presented offer more than a postcard mailed, or a moment captured.

The Stones have thrown their pebble in the water and created quite a ripple. Their keen perceptions add intelligence to scenes of majestic America. Sheer largess forces a bevy of Rorschachs out of images that, at first glance, look like just another breathtaking natural wonder.

Look again.

Rob Stone's 'Lower Calf Creek Falls #1' is a compositional wonder. The image is a veritable warp and weft of natural beauty born out of the Earth and into vertical stripings of verdant greens, golden yellows, icy whites and horizontal dark recesses.

The pool of water at the photograph's base absorbs the cascade of tears rushing from the cliff face. And it is a face: The waterfall appears to emerge from hollowed eyes. It travels downward in a 'V' stream, exposing a mineral and algae nose of golden yellow shaded by spirulina green. Just above the waterline, we see a wide, gasping swath of a mouth.

Rob chose a miraculous spot from which to shoot this wonder of Utah. While the falls' majesty would be captured from nearly any angle, the surprise personalization of nature is magnified with every step and lens adjustment that brought Rob to his moment. Intensely complicated but irrevocably gorgeous, this photograph presumes that its audience has brains they actually wish to use.

I'm reminded of an outstanding quote overheard at The Modern, about the great Lee Friedlander's landscapes: 'Like Ansel Adams on crack,'' said an anonymous viewer.

Indeed.

This show's complexity of sites, the exceptional quality of the images, and the fascinating reveal buried beneath the surface are inextricably reminiscent of Friedlander's landscapes.

Take Friedlander's view of Lake Louise, for example, in which snow-capped mountains rise above a pine forest that spills to the shore. A Rorschach-like hourglass emerges out of the mountains, trees and clouds that reflect in the water. The bottom half of the photograph is a pile of boulders that magically echo the line, color and texture of the mountains.

A distinct sense of wonder is tied up in the breathtaking beauty and physicality of images from Friedlander and both Rob and Andrea Stone. And it's not the cliched wonder of beauty, but the intrinsic strangeness that can be captured in a photograph.

The experience of facial attributes born out of natural landscapes seems to 'happen' often this show. Andrea's 'Mesa Ruin' is no exception. Ancient ruins simultaneously extend from a cliff overhang and rise up out of the earth like stalactites and stalagmites. Light streams from the left and offers darkened crevices and shadowy corners, which otherwise might prove invisible against the chameleoned structure.

A single window in an exposed wall bears an archaic profile, and serves as both reality and metaphor. Staring for an extended period at this image produces face after face.

After walking the entire show and studying each image, I'm hard-pressed to identify which photographs are Andrea's, and which are Rob's.

They've photographed landscapes together for 15 years. While — at first pass — it might seem that their subject choices tend to differ, the unifying thread of strangeness literally runs through the entire tapestry.

Their work, perhaps like their partnership, is astonishingly beautiful and deeply fascinating.

Mesa Ruin
Mesa Ruin by Andrea Stone

'Take Two: Images from the Out and Beyond,' landscape photography by Rob and Andrea Stone

Continues through Nov. 8 at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, Davis; (530) 747-2044

Viewing hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

KVIE Art Auction

Rob Stone — Lower Calf Creek Falls #1

© Stone Photography 2017