Biklen’s work emphasizes saturated colors. His photographs are all taken in natural light, often in the early morning and late afternoon for their warm tones, yet sometimes a subject works best if caught in the subtle, even, cool light of a cloudy day.
Among the most abstract of his works is the series called “surface scenes.” These photographs evoke landscape scenery but do not reproduce it.
So where do the surface scenes come from, these scenes that look like painted and discolored surfaces? For several years now, Biklen has photographed the surfaces of sailboats in dry dock, in various states of repair and repainting. The space just above and below the waterline as well as the broad palette of rudders and center boards, especially if recorded during the refurbishing process, are remindful of scenes found in nature. Sometimes, the colors or textures are unusual, adding to the mystery of the work, for example red mountains across a rough sea or spikes of white that appear to be snow covered grasses reaching to the night sky.