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Sunday, September 14, 2014


This collection of New York reflection photographs represents an evolution in my photography that has come about through a combination of determination, generosity and luck. I've been shooting regularly for about three years, long enough to understand that when the work starts to look the same it's time for a change. While I was determined to do this, I wasn't always sure just how to do it. My friends have taught me that to keep a fresh look I have to continually change the perspective from which I shoot: both compositional and physical perspective. 

For composition, it means taking what you know and playing with it. Even doing things that go against instinct, knowing that some shots will probably stink in order to find something new that really works. Changing physical perspective is easy. Literally, you just cross the street. This happened by pure luck in June when I started delivering healthy, nutritious meals to people with serious illnesses throughout New York City for God's Love We Deliver. 

Three days a week, my alarm goes off at 5 a.m. so that I can hop on the M-train to Brooklyn — camera in tow — where I ride in a van and carry freshly-prepared, delicious meals to the front doors of people living with AIDS, cancer, heart disease and many other serious illnesses. Riding along in the GLWD van, the first morning sun provides ideal lighting to illuminate objects reflecting off of the shiny surfaces that surround us everywhere we go; cars, trucks, motorcycles, buildings, glass, metal, water and so much more. These surfaces are my canvas. In them, I see an endless variety of unique reflections, refractions and distortions that take the ordinary landscapes of our lives and bend, twist and blend them into beautiful, fascinating, whimsical and sometimes bizarre shapes and color combinations.

The effort required to create pictures that aren't like anything you've ever seen before is an  education in itself.  Through doing and learning (and luck); guided by the observations and encouragement of wonderful friends and family, I've made it to this point. Then add two more elements that help inform what you see here: One, my good friend Joey Garcia, a truly gifted professional photographer, has been my mentor now for over a year, guiding me on how to shoot quality photographs. It started with the Galaxy LG Android camera phone I used to take over 120,000 photos since 2011. Trust me, maybe one percent of those are worth a second look.

Shooting in 2013 with my Galaxy LG Android. I'll go anywhere — including the gutter — to capture an image. (Joey Garcia photograph)

Then, last November, Joey handed me his Canon G11 DSLR camera and told me to go out and shoot. Every time I'd see Joe he'd inspect the day's captures and give valuable feedback on how I could improve my technique. He eventually told me to just hold onto the G11 — "It's too heavy to carry back and forth (from home)," he told me. I've shot almost exclusively with the Canon camera Joe loaned me ever since. Almost 50,000 photos. That's another huge reason I've been able to step up my game. The Canon can capture detail and from a perspective that produces some surprising images. 

I've been told countless times, "Your camera takes great pictures!" I smile now when I hear that. Joe will tell anyone, "cameras don't take great pictures. Photographers do." I hope you like NEW YORK REFLECTIONS, Chapter III. — With gratitude, Rob

All images (c) Rob Copeland Photography, 2014, except 

third image in the series by photographer Joey Garcia.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


New York City conjures thoughts of a larger-than-life metropolis overflowing with opportunity, excitement, drama and wonder, where history is made and people come from around the world to make their mark. The images that invoke New York's greatness are familiar to all, but hidden in plain sight are visions of the city and its inhabitants that are surprisingly new and unique. Here are a few of these New York Reflections. — RMC

All images (c) Rob Copeland Photography, 2014. All rights reserved.

All images (c) Rob Copeland Photography, 2014. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Praise for Rob Copeland's photography.

        "When an image jumps in my face and says see me by its
          presence, that is also not flash, by the power of it's 
          presence I call it art. [Copeland's] images have visual 
          power for me. I feel them."

                                — T.J. Worthington, (Allegheny County, NC)

        "Your photos amaze me, Rob. Your discerning eye 
          captures beauty and wonder in the most ordinary of
          surroundings. Manhole covers, mud puddles, or light
          interacting with reflective surfaces strut their alter egos
          for you. The rest of us never imagine the world we are
          missing as we trudge our weary way."
                  — Gene Harrington, master photographer (Chester, VA)
       "'Like' does not adequately convey my reaction to these
         photos. Damn, I love this."

                            — Dave Kallman, journalist (Milwaukee)

        "Rob you have a great eye and you're a great 
         photographer. Those pictures are wonderful. I've been to
         New York many, many times and some of the photos
         take me back to places I've been and seen. Keep up the 
         great work."
                              — Ron Kendrick, television sports anchor (Daytona Beach, FL) 
"There are so many amazing pieces here, what an eye you have!"
                  — Lily Elizabeth Visser, artist (Huayan, China)
 "You are quite the artist."
                  — Lewis Frank, journalist and author (Charlotte, NC) 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New York Reflections.

All images (c) Rob Copeland Photography, 2014. All rights reserved. 

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