About the Book
Stones and crystals have enabled a fascination for mankind throughout the ages. Perhaps there is a visual language, hidden for eons within the Earth that can be discovered and expressed through a creative process using macro photography. Forms and compositions with juxtaposed colors, tones, and textures offer an abundant diversity for evocative images and inspirational meanings. The 77 abstract expressionist images in this monograph involve points of departure encompassing the natural sciences, multi-cultures, history, mythology, astronomy, spirituality, philosophy, fantasy, and future dreams. Serving as catalysts, they inspire the reader to experience personal visual explorations and interpretations with unlimited potential. The intent is to invigorate the imagination and to evoke concepts, emotions, and messages with the propensity to traverse space, time, and dimension. Imaginary Realms: The Visual Language of Stones and Crystals offers an experience that can enlighten the spirit with an appreciation of the natural world, along with potentially generating new insights and universal truths.
George Fellner unveils the initial spark, progression, and evolvement for this personal journey. A survey of stones and crystals includes mineralogy, physical properties, historical human relationships, and metaphysics. Regarding influences, there is an outlining of 19th and 20th century art styles, the sciences, literary works, photography, and design. A discussion about the synergies connecting art and science provides insights for a visual language. In turn, a revealing narrative about the creative process describes the initial searching for minerals, photographic methodology, inspirational mindset, and observation by viewers. There is also a description of camera equipment, lighting, post-camera editing, and printing media. Ultimately, this book offers a multi-dimensional journey for the reader.
George Fellner, fine art photographer and architect, is committed to a dual life-path involving visual discovery and design. His photographs have been exhibited throughout Connecticut at the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Slater Memorial Museum, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic Arts Center, Shoreline Arts Alliance, West Hartford Art League, UCONN Stamford Art Gallery, and Spectrum Gallery. He has also exhibited in solo shows at EO Art Lab Gallery and Mary Daly Art Gallery. Many of his limited edition prints are included in permanent art collections located at the NYC headquarters for Nature Genetics, the Yale School of Medicine, and Jackson Laboratory at the UCONN Health Center. INK Publications magazine featured the article "Photographer George Fellner: Architect for Body and Spirit." In addition, he is one of the featured artists in E. Ashley Rooney’s book "Artists’ Homes and Studios."