63766_10155099003400221_4453891778961358482_nAfter two years working as a roadie for a rock band, and another couple years setting up tropical fish departments for a major US import store, my career tac took an unplanned turn:  I could have ended up a gun-runner in Central America. [Read More]


It’s from this most recent phase of my so-called life that I’m hearing alarm clocks ringing, ringing, ringing.


It’s time to Wake Up!


Rick Burnett Baker: The Architecture of Grief and Redemption™
The Photography of Rick Burnett Baker Explores Grief and Redemption in Society

[Rochester, NY]  — The Montanus Gallery is pleased to present the original photography of Rick Burnett Baker in his series titled “The Architecture of Grief and Redemption.” Through his photography, Baker explores the concepts of both grief and redemption – iconography, emotion, and statuary – and how society demonstrates grief and pursues redemption.

“During our lives, grief is a certainty. Redemption, on the other hand, requires effort,” said Baker. Throughout his travels, Baker has seen common threads in different cultures in the area of grief and redemption. He set out to document these experiences through photography, creating a series that is evocative and introspective.

Gallery founder and partner, and Rochester’s Best Photographer (2015 & 2016), Jim Montanus, said “Rick does more than just take outstanding photographs.  His unique perspective and creativity invites you to participate in the story within the photographs.”  Bob Stehler, Co-Founder of the WNY Photowalkers photography group adds that “Rick is a multifaceted artist; he effortlessly combines beautiful images with equally beautiful words.”

Rick Burnett Baker, a native Texan, holds a BA degree in Asian Studies, and Classical Chinese Literature, a Graduate Certificate in US Urban Policy, and a Masters (MRP) in Regional and Urban Planning, Third World. He has worked and lived in Honduras, Saudi Arabia, and throughout Southeast Asia, China, and Northern Africa based out of Singapore.

Baker published his first book of photography and original poetry titled “bird can sing” in the autumn of 2016.  He is a gallery partner at the Montanus Gallery in Rochester, New York. 

Baker’s work, “The Architecture of Grief and Redemption,” will be shown at the Montanus Gallery (in the Anderson Arts Building, 250 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607) for Rochester First Friday Gallery Night on August 4, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, and Saturday, August 5, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.


Order Rick’s Book “bird can sing”