Right Brain: Bob Bloch
Frisco resident Bob Bloch had a difficult choice to make coming out of college in the late 1960s: Begin a career as a musician or work in the computer field.He chose computers, then changed his mind – 35 years later that is.”In high school and college I made all of my spending money playing in a band … I’ve always missed that creative aspect to music,” he said.Bloch moved to Colorado four years ago – where his job in computers took him – and eight months later got out of the field and started his own photography business, Bob Bloch Photography. Bloch had prepared himself for just such an opportunity. He began professional photography training at night during the latter half of his first career and later got some firsthand experience photographing weddings and programs with some well-established photographers.The primarily portrait photographer’s work is currently on exhibit at the County Commons near Frisco.What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?When people look at my portraits I want them to feel like they know the people – that they feel like real people – that they could almost speak to them. One day I’ll be at a point that, when people think of having a portrait created, they’ll think of me first.
What does art give you/why do you do it?I’m passionate about making portraits where people look the best they ever have. I work very hard to get to know the people I photograph so that I can elicit from them the essence of who they are – of how their family feels about each other. I want people to be thrilled when they see their finished portraits for the first time – when they can actually see the feelings their family has for each other. What do you try to convey through your art? With individuals, I want to convey the essence of the person. With families, it’s the relationships among the members and their feelings for each other. When I’m successful in achieving these goals we’ve created an heirloom. What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?Everyone is attractive – there are no un-photogenic people. It’s the photographer’s responsibility to get to know the people and to have them feel comfortable in front of the camera. Sometimes it’s a very difficult job to finally get a person’s true beauty to shine through to the camera, but it can be done with enough skill and patience.
What are you most proud of regarding your art (and/or greatest accomplishment)?Once, when I delivered a finished portrait to a family in Cherry Creek, the woman was so overwhelmed with joy when she saw her family that she actually cried. That’s why I do this. That’s the joy I want people to feel when they see their portrait. How do you stay fresh/motivated?By staying connected to people and the community. I serve on several Boards of Directors and am actively involved with the community. I regularly donate my services to the silent auctions at many of the fundraising events in the county. I’m a mentor for students who are interested in learning more about my profession, and I’ve been involved with the high school and support some of their activities. After my unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Frisco Town Council I volunteered for the EDAC and have been selected as a member. These activities keep me energized and motivated, and help to better understand the people I live among.What do you do when you’re not making art? My wife, Vera, is my best friend and most trusted confidant, and I do what I can to support her unique jewelry-making business. Our dog, Misha, keeps me from putting on weight by taking me on frequent walks, and I try to supplement that by the occasional trip to the rec center. We love to ski, but old injuries are taking their toll and have reduced our days on the slopes. And I never fail to fall asleep at night reading a good book.
Bob Bloch- Type of art: Photography- Personality: Extrovert/Introvert: Extrovert- Hours per week dedicated to art: Full-time- Favorite artist/mentor: Sterling Hoffman, Bob Blanken, George Allan, Chuck Lewis- Sensitivity: 1-10, 10 being highest: 8
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