Back on the Trail
Robert Frear studied commercial and fine art photography the Center of Creative Studies, Center of Art and Design in Detroit. After moving to Los Angeles he worked in film processing at A&I Color Lab. In the 1990s he re-located to Santa Barbara where he began documenting the unique terrain and mountains of the Central Coast. This eventually led him to working with archeologists in the Los Padres National Forest, photographing Native American pictographs in remote areas of Santa Barbara County. For this work Frear was awarded an Artist in Residency grant from the James Irvine Foundation. His photographs from this period have been exhibited at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Westmont College, and the San Luis Obispo Art Center.
Frear’s current work integrates traditional film base and digital reproductions “to push the boundaries of this hybrid medium.” He also is a web site designer and runs Fotostrations Studio, specializing in creative digital solutions and large format giclee printing.