John Griebsch


My aerial photographs present a sense of selective design applied to an extremely small and specific area of the vast landscape over which I fly.  I find the need to make geographical sense of the earth, as well as the need to make visual sense of a photograph. 

I work with ambiguity of scale, the graphic quality of nature and with the hand of man upon the landscape. My images have an abstract and often painterly quality.  They are at once factual and interpretive.

 Familiar landscapes take on a fresh context when airborne. The images require the confluence of several factors. There is the subject – a minuscule segment of the landscape that has captured my interest due to its sense of pattern, order or disarray. There is the essential contribution of light. There is the position and altitude of the airplane, and there is a need to capture the stillness and composition of the moment while moving over the subject at more than seventy miles per hour. 

My earliest aerial photographs were of ice and farmland, made close to home. The scope of the work opened up on solo flights across the continent in my vintage 1952 Cessna 170B.  Those flights are made to find images of landscapes on a grander scale as well as unfamiliar opportunities to find images that take in a small detail. 

In my most recent work I’ve discovered what might be regarded as historical or documentary themes – some of the images of factories and quarries present relics of the country’s industrial past, while my newer images of the landscape and agriculture denote changes in the scale of farming and open space.

My images are typically presented as framed 30” x40” or larger prints. The existing body of work, titled Aerias is comprised of more than two hundred images.  Collections of my images have been placed in corporate and business settings and in private collections.

I started photographing when I was twelve years old.  My father taught me to fly when I was fourteen years old.  Before taking off on my first solo flight, he admonished me not to go out of sight of the airport.  I was soon out of his view and yet from where I was, the airport was always in sight.  Such are the perceptions of a photographer who is airborne.  



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Badlands--near Wall, SD, 2012

Bridges, 2012

Dawn's Early Light -- Harrietstown, NY, 2012

Field Corner Tree near Frytown, Pennsylvania USA

Field of Large Steel Plates and Large Loader No.259

Quarry Squares Near Auburn, NY 255-7327

Red Spain with Tree Shadows

Sandbar, Waves, and Seagulls- off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, 2012

Snowmobile Tracks No. 3, Sodus Bay, NY

Steel Mill and Water Truck, Gary IN USA, 2013

Stream, Bog and Forest--Dead Creek near Conifer, NY, 2012

Textural Orchard No. 2

Winter Corral and Horse - near Albany, 2003

Winter Orchard and Sunlit Forest, Sodus, NY

Winter Orchard II, Wayne County, NY

Sonoma Valley Quilt - Sonoma Valley, California

Spain, Gray and Green Patchwork

Figuartive Field near Gratz, PA

Wheatfield and Tractor No.039

Autumn Trees, NY No.113

Five Green Ponds, Batavia, New York

Golf Course, Lock Berlin, NY No.106

Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge No.209

James River, Virginia

James River, Virginia No.77

Lake Ice Patterns, Lake Ontario No.125

Soft Hills and Road, Montana No.22

Winter Maze, Huddle NY No.174

Chevron Fields 6, near Selinsgrove, PA No.043, 2005

Quarry, Red Tail - Near Kankakee, Illinois No.68, 2005

Curved Break Wall - Lake Michigan, Chicago No.94, 2005

Fields and Pickups - near Carnesville, Georgia

Figurative Agriculture - near Stampede Pass, Washington

Hudson River Marsh and Boat (No.084), 2005

Ice Drift - Lake Ontario near Putneyville, NY No.136, 2005

Mower Mania - near Star Prairie, Wisconsin

Plowed Fields - near Hannibal, Missouri

Plowed Fields, Power Lines and Waterway (No.014), 2005

Poplar Corner - near Sodus, New York

Tidal Dunes -Gulfport, Mississippi


Griebsch’s images of American and European aerial landscapes depict the pattern, color and design of natural and manmade landforms. Most of the American aerials have been made from John’s vintage 1952 Cessna 170B aircraft.

John Griebsch is an aerial photographer and pilot whose aerial landscapes depict natural and man-made landforms.  His images of the American landscape have been made from his vintage Cessna 170, in which he has logged more than 100,000 miles.  At present there are 250 images in his series of work, titled, AERIAS.                                    
Iris Gallery, Boston & Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Aspen, Colorado
Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, New York
The Art Registry, Washington, DC
Chicago Art Source, Chicago, Illinois
June Bateman Fine Art, New York, New York
Museum Shows & Juried Shows
64th Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York - 2013
Earth Through a Lens, (Award Winner), Palm Springs California- 2011 
62nd Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York - 2009
59th Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery,  Rochester, New York - 2003 

Solo and Two-person Gallery Shows

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York.  Summer 2013

Iris Gallery,  Boston.  2011- 2012

The Gallery at Bausch and Lomb World Headquarters, Rochester, New York. 2006

Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, New York. 2003

The Elizabeth Collection, Rochester, New York. 1995

The Little Theater Gallery, Rochester, New York.  1991

Group Gallery Shows

Summer Show, Iris Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.  2010

Snow White, Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, New York. 2010 / 2011

Such Great Heights, Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, New York. 2009

Sounding Out, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, Illinois. 2009

Art Registry, Chase Contemporary, Washington, DC.  2009

High Falls Art Gallery, Rochester, New York. 2000

The Link Gallery, Rochester, New York. 1999

Atrium Gallery, Rochester, New York. 1999 

Corporate Collections

Bausch and Lomb, New York

Boylan Brown Code Vigdor & Wilson LLP, New York

Coldwell Banker Corporate Offices, New York

Darby & Darby PC,  Washington state

Digene Corporation, Maryland

Energy Networks, New York

Gianniny Associates, New York

Linklaters US,  New York

Kapstone Paper, Illinois

Konar Properties, New York

McArdle Ramerman, New York

Paychex,  New York

Parkside Financial, Missouri

DLA Piper Rudnick Cary Gray, LLP, New Jersey

Reyes Holdings, Illinois

Sherman Hospital, Illinois

Strong Health, New York

Press Coverage /editorial

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, feature article. 2012

SxSE online and print magazine, featured portfolio. 2011 & 2012

Rochester Magazine, feature article. 2009

Lake Effect Magazine, featured work. 2007

Adirondack Life Magazine, feature story and cover. 2004

Mountain Lakes Public Broadcasting, Art Express television show, feature segment. 2004

Adjunct Faculty  

Aerial Photographic Interpretation. Paul Smiths College. 2005

Introductory Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2007

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