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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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
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
Aerial Photographic Interpretation. Paul Smiths College. 2005
Introductory Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology. 2007