Ramon A. Osborn is an experimental, pictorial artist producing non-traditional photography reminiscent of Impressionist painters, by whom the Abstract Visions portfolio was inspired. Not having been formally trained in art until college, Ramon Osborn having grown up in Oakland, CA, was exposed to many types of street art including murals and graffiti found throughout the city. After becoming heavily involved in the latter, Osborn began focusing his creative expression through more traditional mediums of art. Working with a variety of antique and toy cameras, The artist began creating layered multiple exposure photography, all done in camera, to produce vibrant autumnal imagery.
Originally working in traditional materials (ie gelatin silver), Osborn found himself drawn to alternative-process photography during the industry’s transition to digital, which led to companies such as Agfa (the artist’s principal material supplier) going out of business. In hopes of finding a more sustainable material source, he began producing dual-tone and tri-color gum bichromate work, a process utilizing more readily available watercolor paints and papers.His landscape work, while imbued with dark poetry, is also possessed of a vibrant energy and shimmering beauty, thanks to the layered-exposure effect. Pictures like Beautiful Somewhere and Morning in Alaska, in particular, illustrate the numerous emotional tonalities Osborn manages to simultaneously evoke and explore.