Saturday, February 17, 2018

Linguistics Of Music: A Portrait

"Portraits should offer more than perfectly 
lit images of someone's face. 
They should open a window 
to that person's essence." 

-Rick Burnett Baker

We were privileged yesterday evening to have Cellist Kevin Maa join us at the Montanus Gallery for a photoshoot and impromptu 'concert'.  Kevin is an accomplished musician, and has been auditioning for entrance into Rochester NY's acclaimed Eastman School of Music.  (Visit these embedded links.)

Here are a few photos I took during our session.  These are not typical 'portraits' but rather what I call 'candid portraits' that attempt to peer deeper into a person's being.

Portraits should offer more than perfectly lit images of someone's face.  They should open a window to that person's essence.

We wish Kevin the very best in his artistic and professional endeavors!




 "Listen To The Melody"

 Kevin Maa



All Photos ©Rick Burnett Baker 
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Photography Challenges

Been a while since I've posted here.  Seems that blogs tend to be considered "last century" with all the changing social media platforms these days.  I retired in November of 2016, and have been busier than ever with my photography endeavors, road trips, photo essay exhibits, media coverage, and work at our gallery. I'll be off to Asia for a month in March/April for photo shoots and business talks.

To update anyone still following blogs, I was invited to be a gallery partner with noted Rochester photographer Jim Montanus over a year ago.  This January we have moved with two other photography partners to Village Gate here in Rochester NY.  Larger space, retail presence, and many exciting photo exhibits and events planned and in the works!

I invite you to look me up on Facebook:  Rick Burnett Baker.  (Have to use the middle name because of that Academy Award winning special effects artist Rick Baker).

Also I have two other Facebook pages: , and .  There is also the Bird Can Sing Facebook page that is the precursor to my charitable foundation that is being developed now.  Here are a couple of links:  and my website

Check out the Montanus Gallery Facebook page, Google my gallery partner Jim Montanus and his father Neil Montanus, who was a famous Kodak photographer for nearly 40 years.  Neil did Walt Disney's official portrait that is still used by the Disney company today, and President Gerald Ford's official White House portrait as well.  Neil will be 91 next month, and occasionally come into the gallery to greet fans.

Cheers to you all, and I'll try to post more often here going forward!