Frederick Ballet

Frederick Ballet

Frederick Ballet
North Beach, NJ 

It has been said that the true subject of the photograph is the photographer.

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and from an early age was fascinated with the natural world. Keenly interested in biology and comparative anatomy, I attended college, medical school, and after graduation and post-doctoral training, became a Hand Surgeon. During my career, I married, had twin boys (now both married), became a grandfather, built a wooden sailboat and earned a 3rd-degree black belt in karate.

My photography as a teenager was limited to taking pictures of landscapes and zoo animals on an Olympus film camera. My dad had a passing interest in photography and we worked in the darkroom together. Family and work commitments took their toll on my available time and so here I am retired able to commit fully to my renewed passion.

I completed the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Contemporary Practices Photography Certificate program in the fall of 2018. I am a regular contributor to Breaker Magazine on Long Beach Island and my work is displayed in several galleries along the NJ shore.

The beauty of the natural world has always filled me with an existential fascination. As a young boy, I would often go down to the sea, never disappointed in her embrace of peaceful solitude. I now revel in capturing her special moments of equanimity, movement, color, light, power, and immortality. In my works, I seek to balance realism with abstraction, at times capturing the surreal. My favorite images give the viewer the smallest anchor of reality, leaving the rest to the imagination. My goal is for you to leave with a meditative sense of beauty, peace, and timelessness.

My images are printed on photo metallic paper, bonded to a low glare acrylic, and have a rigid Dibond® backing. This process yields a stable product in the humid shore environment and enhances the intrinsic vibrancy of my images.