The Photographic Essay – Journalism or Hobby

The Bluebird Theater - Denver

The professional photographer today can be found in many varieties – anyone who is paid to shoot is considered a professional.   Earning a living solely from the art form is not for the faint of heart.   Doctors are notoriously known to be weekend hobbyists.  Yet only a few really earn a place among those capable of influencing photography as a medium. When a new perspective appears, one that takes the common and visually tells a compelling story through stills, it becomes important to understand what the meaning of the photograph represents.

Ghost Lenz (AKA Billy Riesing), is a Denver, Colorado-based photographer capturing moments worthy of reflection.   His works are raw and to some may be missing the trained eye that comes from years of shooting experience.   What they may lack technically they more than makeup for in the subject matter studied – and shared.

Billy is on the streets locally and internationally with his latest limited edition series.   The works, available at, show a vibrant city like Denver in a way many natives may not recognize.  Others will enjoy his perspective on Colfax – from a spirited tied down dog, The Denver Diner to the iconic Bluebird Theater.   Each work offered at GALLERY M is limited and signed.   The works fit in collections seeking a comment of our everyday that may not be familiar because of our normal routines.   GHOST LENZ is one of a select group of artists featured at the upcoming Westword Magazine event, 2017 Artopia.

Author: Mason Hayutin

Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, real estate and the arts (fine and visual). Having worked with recognized world-class artists and their estates since 1997, Mason brings a wealth of practical experiences from installations, marketing, and private sales. An active business advocate, he successfully released the fine art documentary film LUBIE LOVE in 2009 ahead of the global auto crisis - in addition to maintaining his tenure at GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the founder of MASONmodern, a boutique real estate firm based in Denver, CO. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.

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