My work

The emotions and energies that gave rise to abstract expressionism I apply to the medium of traditional black and white photography. The surreal, often non-objective nature of the work is the product, and a record, of my experiences. As such the images lead to a deeper engagement on a more subconscious level. It is this expression of abstract thought and feeling I am interested in.


Born and raised in Germany I am an immigrant, a dedicated modernist, and a contemporary artist. Currently splitting my time between vibrant New York and picturesque San Francisco, I continue to discover and reinterpret my surroundings.

Ernst Bruening


'99-'04 B.Sc.&M.Eng. Massachussetts Institute of Technology
'06-'07 Academy of Art University, San Francisco
'07-'09 San Francisco Studio School