Erik Asla aims to capture serene renditions of nature that evoke a meditative response. The intention is to make the environment an active, rather than passive, participant in the overall expression. After arriving in Los Angeles in the mid-90’s, Asla became a protégé of celebrated image-maker Herb Ritts. Encounters with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein compelled Asla to resist the genres in which his mentor built an illustrious career. Asla was drawn to the solitary endeavor and unconstrained expressive boundaries presented by fine art photography.