Bruce Rosenstiel was drawn to photography by his fascination with wildlife and world cultures. He enjoys photographing all manner of flora and fauna to reveal the extraordinary, and often unseen, diversity and beauty of nature.
Likewise, Bruce’s cultural portraits seek to make the foreign accessible by diffusing barriers of difference, creating a visual language of images that focuses on themes of universal human experience: work, play, worship, sorrow, joy.
Bruce’s Small World is dedicated to fostering environmental stewardship and cross-cultural understanding, by highlighting the bonds and behaviors between species and across communities, communicating through images when there is no shared spoken language.
Since 2009, he has taught classes through the Southlake and Grapevine, Texas Parks and Recreation departments. He currently teaches introductory and intermediate photography and Adobe Lightroom to adults of all ages.
He and his wife have co-lead Culture and Photography Tours to Oaxaca, Mexico and Peru. Beginning in 2015, Bruce has lead photographic tours to Zimbabwe for Sikeleli Safaris.
His work has appeared in many publications and websites and has been selected for many juried exhibits.
A photographer with a BS degree in Illustrative Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology who studied with fine art instructors such as Minor White, Ralph Hattersley and Charles Arnold.
Ray's current work is digital format in both black and white and color. While most of his work is digital, many film negatives have also been scanned so that they might be printed.
Images are found where ever travel takes Ray. His eye tends to see images which are abstract or which can be abstracted through the digital process. Fragments and details of objects and areas also attract his attention. Ray is very aware of light and tries to utilize it to best enhance the effect on the final image. All of the finished work is produced in a digital darkroom. The usual photographic techniques are applied digitally. In addition, some of the images are further manipulated in Photoshop and other software using techniques only available in the digital format.