Anice Hoachlander Fine Art Photography
  Mushroom Symphonics
  Geometric Expressionism
  The Structural Landscape
  Elemental Details
202-531-5746
113 Valley Road
Bethesda MD

 

“I consider my photographs successful if the viewer experiences a communication of the subject in a way that transcends the photograph itself.” 

For over 30 years, I have worked as an architectural photographer in the DC Metro area, bringing to life some of the region’s most eminent residential and commercial projects. My work has helped clients achieve recognition from more than 450 winning design awards. Visually, I have always responded to structure and repeating patterns of rhythm, light and shadow – it’s what I see, it’s what I love to photograph.  

My commercial work is primarily commissioned during the spring, summer and fall. Winter has recently become a time to travel and to foster personal creative growth – a time that I have coined “Winter Work”. As I explore different themes and how they relate to my way of seeing, I am developing multiple portfolios that utilize macro capture, structural abstraction and sustainable design concepts of the natural and built environment. 

Guided by a desire to look more closely at the natural world around me, I find myself drawn to elements of the organic environment—trees, fungi, vegetables, flowers, leaves and building materials - to reveal the intricate patterns that abound at differing scales. I am fascinated with the miniature and  enjoy enlarging small, often overlooked, patterns in objects for all to experience. I use macro capture photography and image stacking techniques to create sharpness and detail. Many of my images require stacks of 25-50 individual captures layered and masked to create one final photograph. I am never quite sure what the images ultimately reveal until the final photograph is complete. 

I am also currently developing a study of the oyster mushroom. Searching for a connection between nature and my love of architecture led to the discovery that mushrooms may be key to a sustainable future in construction and remediation. Architects are increasingly playing a key role in designing sustainable solutions. Biotech companies are using mycelium to grow durable, compostable packag ing materials. And, over 50 types of mushrooms — the oyster mushroom being one — can digest and break down plastics. Primordial, aquatic, lyrical and indomitable describe how these organisms speak to me.  

And, last but not least, is my interest in the Precisionist movement of the 1920s and how the painters  and photographers of that time influence me as I create structural abstractions of the natural environment and building materials, such as corten steel.  

“As I look closer, more details appear.”