Richard on Photography

While it is common to base notions of photographic art on capturing that “decisive moment”, I prefer to think about the photograph as a means of creative expression that is more than just a moment. The image is composed in a manner that turns the familiar into something more. The things we often take for granted have the potential to become a dream and a place where the mind may venture – a journey. The captured moment of reality becomes a place to explore, a path to realization, a spot of quiet solitude, rather than just a specific time and locale.

About Richard

I began taking photographs in 1994 during the process of relocating from Canada to the United States and changing career directions from Canadian politics to pursue American corporate communications, which would eventually lead me to initiate and develop the use of social media for business.

Infrared

A Different Perspective

I learned photography by shooting black and white Infrared film. I was drawn to it because of its dreamy and surreal qualities that allowed me step away from the tough, analytical world of business and be creative for myself.  It was my escape.

Current Path

In the summer of 2018, I decided to follow my passion for photography and my deep interest in American History.  As a result, the projects I am working on explore the roots of U.S political, economic and cultural histories: what is, leads us to what was.

My Bachelor’s and Master’s degree are from Queen’s University in political science. My career has taken me from Toronto to Ottawa, St. Louis, New York City and Austin.  I am currently based outside of Richmond, VA.

Galleries & Credits

I have participated in several group exhibits in Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.  My photographs are included in several corporate and private collections.

I credit friends like John Hallum, whose dark room I originally learned in; Canadian artist, mentor and friend Dr. Jennifer Dickson, RA; and, my NYC alchemist film printer, Richard Hobbs (who formerly printed for Robert Frank and Magnum agency photographers), for their mentoring along the way. Most recently, I thank the team from the PhotoNexus events, Mary Virginia Swanson and those who have reviewed my portfolio — critiquing and encouraging me to move forward.

I also count on my traveling and picture taking companion, Soco the dog J..and listen to all kinds of music in the digital darkroom and, sometimes, while I am shooting.

Galleries & Credits

I have participated in several group exhibits in Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.  My photographs are included in several corporate and private collections.

I credit friends like John Hallum, whose dark room I originally learned in; Canadian artist, mentor and friend Dr. Jennifer Dickson, RA; and, my NYC alchemist film printer, Richard Hobbs (who formerly printed for Robert Frank and Magnum agency photographers), for their mentoring along the way. Most recently, I thank the team from the PhotoNexus events, Mary Virginia Swanson and those who have reviewed my portfolio — critiquing and encouraging me to move forward.

I also count on my traveling and picture taking companion, Soco the dog J..and listen to all kinds of music in the digital darkroom and, sometimes, while I am shooting.

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