American Photo: The California pro uses electricity to bring power to his art.
In The Bag
- Buelteman’s “bag” these days is more likely to contain pruners than a camera, to collect plants to take into the studio
- Buelteman’s work is strictly studio, so he no longer totes a camera bag to locations. in his workshop, which is converted from a five-car garage, he relies on surgical scalpels to get the form and opacity he wants in petals and foliage prior to manipulating them on the imaging easel. • Another necessary piece of equipment is a wooden safety fence around the easel — with its big electricity-conducting metal plate — to forestall future electrocution accidents. Hanging on the wall: a neck brace as a reminder of buelteman’s previous face-off with 40,000 volts.