An award-winning fine art photographer, Richard originally caught the camera bug during his teenage years. Since then, he has traveled across America, restlessly seeking out beautiful landscapes and interesting subjects to photograph. Originally from the east coast, he was attracted to the beauty of Oregon’s Rogue Valley, and relocated here seven years ago. He has been exploring western America through his camera lens ever since.
An early enthusiast of digital photography, he enjoys the limitless possibilities that shooting without film provides. “Having total control over exposure, processing and printing enables me to get the exact result I envision,” he explains. “Still, nothing beats being at the right place at the right time. Sometimes, when the stars align and everything is just right, capturing an image becomes a magical experience. It’s those Zen-like moments that keep me fascinated with photography.”
His first two books are photographic collections of antique toys. For those projects, he took his portable studio with him on the road, shooting at museums and various collector’s homes. “It was an incredible learning experience,” he recalls. “I felt like I attended dozens of Antique Roadshows!”
His third book is a collection of surrealistic, digitally altered landscape images entitled Parallel Worlds. He creates these unusual, colorful works of art by combining several images together on his computer and then digitally altering the results, sometimes radically.
Richard’s latest project is a large, coffee table style book featuring photographs and descriptions of every major American lighthouse on the east and west coasts. “By the time I moved to the Rogue Valley, I had already traveled the east coast a dozen times from Maine to Florida, shooting every lighthouse several times. Now I’m concentrating on capturing the lighthouses of Washington, Oregon and California.” He expects to complete the book in 2016.
One of his latest commercial interests is working with local wineries, providing them with images for their websites and printed materials. He specializes in the difficult craft of wine bottle photography, as well as capturing images of tasting rooms, vineyards, harvests and events.
Richard still performs high-end photo retouching for various clients around the country, including Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, Clinique and many more, including some top photography studios.
Some of his best scenic and altered images are available as limited edition fine art prints. Richard personally creates each finished work of art using archival paper and pigment inks, producing an exquisite print that is guaranteed not to fade for 100 years. Every print is signed and numbered by hand, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, assuring that no more than 50 pieces will ever be produced from that image.
In 1989, Richard formed a business named The Picture Farm for promoting his work. His photographic art can be seen on his website: www.picturefarm.com.