Eric Stampfli Photographer and Art Director

A word from the Artist...

This collection began as the seen and mostly forgotten moments in life. The swirling leaf stuck in the eddies of current in a stream. The blossom from a false Spring captured within ice as Winter refuses to yield and the simple joy of life finding its way. That’s the amazing thing about the planet we share. Whether we’re using a wide-angle lens, binoculars, or even a microscope, it’s not difficult to be humbled by the beauty we can discover if we just open our eyes.

Eric Stampfli
Jane Magnolia Flower

I began making photographs more as a necessity than any grand experiment in creating art. Going back as long as I can remember I have always seen pictures in my head. At first ill formed like the fragments of a dream that I'm trying to remember, this medium became the tool that I used to give definition to and make real those images. This is how I learned photography. It wasn't about trying to capture a pretty sunset or portrait of a friend or the unfolding drama on a city street. It was alone in a studio learning to trust and ultimately reproduce the images I saw. It was there, while learning my craft I discovered how to tell stories with my photographs and discovered that this medium is far from just a visual one. Like memory itself, a good photograph is so very much more than just the picture. If I am successful in incorporating the other senses, the viewer can experience my work rather than just see it.

Sun Goddess

Looking back to the moment that would define the course of my life. I can remember a cold morning camping high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was there I turned to my father and asked, “Why don’t we ever bring a camera on these trips, why don’t we ever take pictures?” Looking eastward to the rising sun and the promise of a new day my father replied,“We could never capture an image that would do justice to the memory of this moment. A camera encompasses only one sense, close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sunlight on your face, listen to the crackle of the fire, the whoosh of the wind through the trees, smell the almost overpowering perfume of the evergreens, wood smoke, and the very earth, around you. These things are what make up memory, not just what you see.” With that one statement the gauntlet was thrown and I would spend the rest of my lifetime proving my father wrong. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area I am a self taught photographer, educator, and evangelist for all things creative. Both shooting and sharing my passion as a University Level instructor in both Photography and Digital Imaging I am blessed to pass on the many hard lessons I’ve learned about visual communication. Staying true to what I saw as a challenge so many years ago, with my work today I endeavor to make each photograph I take encompass more than just the visual. From food to rich textural still life’s for advertising clients, to sport portraiture, and fine art imagery which is now hanging in a growing number of homes and businesses, I judge each image by the number of senses I can involve. Instilling into my imagery a depth that attempts to elevate this medium well beyond a meager 1000 words.

Fine Art Floral Print in Gallery.
06/2021
Botanicals
A Contemporary Art Room Gallery
04/2021
Camelback Gallery Gold Award
Flower Power 2021
04/2021
The Art of Possibilities, First Place
Minneapolis MN
02/2021
Love/Passion Karyn Mannix Contemporary
Hampton NY
02/2021
Nude
Queen City Gallery Rhinebeck NY
10/2020
Transformations
Pennsylvania Center for Photography
10/2020
Art Ability
Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital Malvern
07/2020
Figurative Expressions
Elk Grove Fine Art Center
07/2020
All Botanical
Contemporary Art Gallery Online
07/2020
Food Frenzy 1st Pl.
Camelback Gallery Scottsdale AZ
05/2020
Flower Power
Camelback Gallery Scottsdale AZ
03/2020
Art Center - Habitat California
Palos Verdes CA
03/2020
Art of Possibilities
Minneapolis, MN
12/2019
Art of the Human Figure
Indianapolis IN
11/2019
Petals & Flowers
Fusion Art, Palm Springs CA
07/2019
Photography at the Emerald
Springfield OH
10/2018
Winter Exhibit
Ritz Carleton , Lake Tahoe CA
10/2018
Best of Show
San Luis Obispo Museaum of Art
10/2018
Bryn Mawr Hospital Art Ability
Malvern PA
09/2018
Hidden Figure
Healsburg Center for the Arts, CA
06/2018
Marin Society of Artist's Best of Show
San Rafeal CA
04/2018
Art of Possibilities Best of Show
Minneapolis MN
04/2018
Beautiful & Surreal
Paolo Mejia Gallery Berkeley CA
03/2018
12 In of Sin
Sin City Gallery Las Vegas NV
01/2018
Radical Botanicals
(Slate Gallery) 101 Second Street
09/2017
Loading Dock Gallery Unmentionables
Lowell MA
07/2017
Village Gallery Pleasing to the Palette
Danville, CA
06/2017
Art Festival, 2nd Place Winner
Newport Beach CA
04/2017
SFWA Gallery Natural Wonders
San Francisco CA
02/2017
Oneness
Christine Frechard Gallery Pittsburgh PA
01/2017
Public Art
Saratoga Public Library Saratoga CA
11/2016
2nd Annual Artist's Choice
Fusion Art Palm Springs CA
10/2016
Sensuosity
Erotic Arts Festival Cleveland OH
10/2016
Bryn Mawr Hospital Art Ability
Malvern PA
09/2016
Open Juried Exhibit
Falkirk Galleries San Rafeal CA
06/2016
Solo Show, Still
Light Space & Time Gallery
05/2016
Art Undressed
Miami FL
04/2016
Bloom
Linus Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
03/2016
Erotic Arts Festival
Rochester New York
02/2016
Body
Blank Wall Gallery Athens Greece
01/2016
Body Collection
Lightbox Gallery Astoria OR
12/2015
Blue
Colors of Humanity Gallery
10/2015
Still, Solo Exhibit
AC Gallery Los Angeles CA
07/2015
Exposure Awards
Musee du louvre Paris France
07/2015
The Chocolate Show
San Francisco, CA
06/2015
Nakedness
Las laguna Gallery Laguna Beach CA
05/2015
Photo Independent
Hollywood CA
03/2015
Nude Attitude
Peoria Art Guild Peoria IL
02/2015
The Dirty Show
Detroit MI
10/2014
Undressed
Linus galleries Laguna Beach CVA
09/2014
Group Show
Paolo Mejia Gallery San Francisco CA
03/2014
Nude Night
Tampa FL
02/2014
Tango and the Modern Nude
San Jose CA
02/2014
Erotic Arts Festival
San Francisco, CA
02/2013
Erotic Arts Festival
San Francisco CA
02/2012
Erotic Arts Festival
San Francisco CA
Private Collector
Private Collector, Newport Beach, Ca.
2020
Fine Art Photography Awards Conceptual
2016
Prix de la Photographie
2016
Fine Art Photography Awards Conceptual
2015
International Color Awards
2015
International Photography Awards Nudes
2015
Exposure Awards
2015
One Eyeland Nature Flowers
2015
One Eyeland Nature Nudes
2014
Prix de la Photographie Paris
2014
Masters Cup
2008
International Photography Awards / Digital
2008
International Photography Awards / Nudes
2007
International Photography Awards / Special
2007
International Photography Awards / Food
2007
International Photography Awards / Nudes
2006
International Photography Awards / Advertising
2005
International Photography Awards / Nudes
2005
Black &b White bSpider Awards
Pink Flower
08/2016
Creative Quarterly (Fall) Magazine #44
05/2016
Blur Magazine Issue 48
01/2015
Photographers Forum Magazine
10/2018
Creative Quarterly (Winter) Magazine #53
01/2016
Silvershotz magazine Volume 10
11/2015
The Critical Eye, Fabrik magazine
10/2015
West Hollywood Magazine Issue 2015
10/2015
Fabrik Magazine Issue 29
04/2016
Blur Magazine Issue 48
Elegant dining room with floral wall art from the Still collection.
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