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C Ribet - About the Artist

Artist Statement

"My art’s purpose is to expose the extraordinary beauty and energy of the Natural world. I love to explore what hides at the threshold of perception or passes unseen or overlooked. My tool is the camera, but the perspective I choose and my subject matter can render images which are abstract and highly contemplative. The tiniest fungi, lensing and reflection within raindrops and dews, the interplay of water with plants, all offer fascinating glimpses into worlds where boundaries of our ordinary reality no longer apply. In my method I try to capture not only Nature’s tangible raw physical beauty, but also to express her spirituality, which I hope to expose and share through the artistic interpretations I create."


Mushrooms are a favorite subject, of course. Some of the mushroom pictures you see are of mushrooms found growing at Plum lake in the North woods of Wisconsin and in the surrounding countryside there. Many of the other mushroom photographs are of mushrooms native to California. Mushrooms represented here are from Mendocino, Sonoma and from the Santa Cruz mountains among other areas of the state of California. Exploring the redwood forests in search of mushroooms to photograph has its own rewards far beyond the final images I capture on any hike into the woods. 

About C Ribet Print Titles

Individual C Ribet Print Titles

Why do certain C Ribet prints have the titles they do?

You will find that for most all limited edition prints, there is some kind of evocative title applied. Before finally passing an image as one which I will print as a limited edition, I look for something which makes the image transcendent. I like to find a hidden story or dynamic within the personified visual elements of the image, or I require that I solidify my thoughts enough to explain at least to myself my viceral, emotional, or spiritual response and why that affects to me the way it does. The title for the print originates from this process.

Sometimes the spirit of the image just leaps out at me and this becomes a rapid, spontaneous process which happens right away. The Yin and the Yang hit me instantly and forcefully, for example. More often than not it takes time. Sometimes it takes a very long time. For example, Lubber’s Grace took a long time to solidify as a title. It is a fabulous image and has a weight and ponderous, ungainly aspect in some ways, yet it is gentle and graceful at the same time. I wanted a title that captured both aspects in a manner which was respectful to the image, and I hope I achieved that. Shinto Cloud arose as a title after a lot of thought and education on my part. I had in mind the organic, creative force apparent in the image, but I couldn’t express it. Then, I learned and did some research about the Shinto creation myth and knew that it fit the image perfectly. Of course, occasionally I title merely what I see and less what I feel - as Orb and Plane which is an Orb and a Plane. Even so, there is more to the image than that, but the simplicity of the title has appeal and it doesn’t presuppose. Sometimes that is the choice.

About C Ribet Theme Nomenclature

Coming up with a verbal description of work is ever changing

Perhaps surpisingly, it is actually a lot easier to name individual images than it is to come up with a way to categorize the water images which are my current focus. Over the years the kinds of themes and levels of abstraction present in these images have shifted. Some are very subtle and delicate photgraphs. Some photographs are very bold and vivid. Some appear to tell detailed stories or conjure specific imagery in people I talk to about what they see in them. Others are  just providing moods without any particular focus. It makes it very hard to label them generically as a class of photography, or even as a theme of art.

Are these images abstract photography? Some call them that, and some most certainly. Some have called them still lifes. One can label them from a technical perspective as 'macro' or 'extreme macro' photographs, but that does nothing to provide any indication of what sorts of images they are in color, mood, shape, and the like. So what is one to do?


Water Orbs
Originally, when they were more simplistic and less abstract, I simply referred to them as water orb images or images of water. In those earlier images it was always quite clear what the subject matter was (rain, dew, mizzle, mist and the like on plants and other things I encountered out in the 'duff' while hunting mushrooms). Mostly I captured the round orb shape of droplets, either as solitary water droplets or as massed droplet groupings as found often after and during the heavy heavy mist (mizzle) or dews that frequently occur in this region (Santa Cruz mountains of California). While the reflections, transmissions and lensing of the light caused each individual print to be very different from another, the subject matter from a more objective viewpoint was technically apparent.

Limited Editions

C Ribet Limited editions are sold at CRibet.com (the old C Ribet Yahoo Store).

Open Editions are here and sold through the new C Ribet Zenfolio online gallery accessible throughout this web site at most all pages.

I am adding more images to the Open Editions because of two reason, first, I am unable to myself print on metal or acrylic substrates which is possible now at the FineArtAmerica gallery, second, the online framing and matting tool is absolutely fantastic through the FineArtAmerica system, and third, it give me more time to work creatively instead of managing databases of COAs and print numbers etc. etc. which go along with producing limited edition artwork. I have also found that I can offer a higher quality greeting card (always popular) than by producing them myself as I used to in the past. All of these reasons make a very compelling case for me to move to the FineArtAmerica POD system. Of course, it also reduces costs dramatically to you as a collector.

If you would like to view the old CRibet.com webite the following links will take you there:

C Ribet California Oaks and Landscapes

Discover the incredible beauty of California oak trees and oak landscapes! The verdent slopes, hills, and savannas of California nurture a tremendous abundance of oak trees at all stages of life. Like each oak tree itself, each C Ribet limited edition print is totally unique and expresses a different mood and interpretation of the California landscape. Visit the on-line gallery by clicking a link above to browse these splendid images of California.

C Ribet Mushroom Art Prints and Nature Photography
Enter a virtual mushroom art gallery of colorful mushroom pictures - fungi and mushroom art pages exclusively devoted to the wild mushrooms and fungi art of C Ribet whose mushroom art celebrates the diversity of the mushroom kingdom and wild mushrooms mycology. Click on the above mushroom photos or text links to enter the mushroom kingdom and to learn more about mushroom mycology and the fungi art prints and mushroom pictures of C Ribet.

C Ribet Water Orbscapes and Water Portraiture
It is an impossible struggle to describe these images in words. These mystical images of water orbscapes and water portraiture defy any conventional description. There is a spiritual connection made within these images which leads to contemplation and participation by the viewer.

© C Ribet 2013