Bert & None

Fine Art Landscape and Still Life Photography

Winter/Spring 2018

Ron CowieComment

Here are some new images I've made over the course of the past few months. I'm using a folding camera made for tourists in the late fifties and early sixties. It forces me to accept limitations, rely on chance, and get exciting about simple things. 

About Oysters

Ron CowieComment
Gangster of Love

Gangster of Love

I grew up in the Midwest where oysters were considered quite exotic. When I moved to Rhode Island, I was taking pictures for Rhode Island Monthly. I was assigned to photograph Perry Raso, an oyster farmer in Matunuck, RI. He is the owner of the Matunuck Oyster Bar a terrific dining destination that serves the oysters from his farm.

Thus began my relationship with oysters. I was struck by their utilitarian beauty and subtle differences. The cultural stories that came along with this simple animal made the oyster project even more interesting.

I also was assigned to photograph an oyster story for Yankee Magazine

The oyster, surrounded by claims of improving sexual prowess, is a fun topic to play with. I began naming the different oysters based on pop culture metaphors and phrases. The titles are playful references to movies, song lyrics, and celebrities.

The project continues and I am currently collaborating with Salt Pond Oyster Farm owned by Dave Roebuck.

Oyster are not just pretty and good eating. They play a major role in sustaining and maintaining our waterways. So, I'm happy to have a growing body of work connected to helping the planet and local farmers. It is a great thrill to have oyster lovers from all over collect my prints.

So, thank you.







Kris Graves: Discovered Missing

Artists, Kris GravesRon CowieComment

Kris Graves is an important photographer and his thoughtful, contemporary eye is one of the visual voices to keep on your radar.


We are in a relationship with the land. Kris Graves, a New York based photographer, makes images about that relationship. Using the spare setting of the Icelandic landscape, Kris focuses on the point of connection between humans and nature. Most interesting in these images is the role nature plays in the process of reclaiming human's attempt at permanence. All things that come from nature ultimately return to it.

Iceland has 30 active volcanoes on it. For the past 500 years, Iceland has produced one third of the world's lava. This means Iceland is constantly expanding. For Kris, Iceland is the perfect place to examine nature, relationships and change.

These images are not sentimental. Kris isn't in conflict with the process unfolding in front of his lens but invites us to engage with the world, as it is.