Watercolor paintings of Nepalese travel photographs

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Believe it or not, I paint too.  Not that I have painted much in the past decade, but I always envisioned a day when I would pick up the brushes again.

I received my BFA in Painting.  I had decided to pursue photography full time upon graduating.  However, switching majors and extending school (and tuition) for another few years seemed pointless.  So the last few years of school I focused on photography.

But I never gave up painting.  I continued to take painting classes- namely in watercolor.

It’s a terrible medium- one little mistake can ruin an entire painting (and you can’t “paint” over the mistake like oil or acrylic).  But the transparency and watery effects of watercolor cannot be replicated.

I am currently inspired by the work of Alvaro Castagnet, Dusan Djukaric, John Salminen, Paul Jackson, Judy Morris, Cheng-Khee Chee, and others.

You will notice that the majority of these artists do not paint flowers.  I can’t stand flower paintings (can you say “overdone”).

Bhaktapur_Painting

These are the first watercolors I have painted in the past decade.

They suck.  But they are a starting point.

While I am continuing to photograph weddings, maternity, and portraits, I look forward to delving into resource materials for upcoming paintings- my two file cabinets of 35mm slides (and 5 external hard drives of the hi-res scans).

So, in addition to having another baby this month, continuing to shoot weddings, trying to find time to exercise, I have added another endeavor to my list.

Who’s up for another pot of coffee?  Do you wonder why I don’t sleep?

Sincerely,

Ryan

R. Fox Photography

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

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Funny self portrait- Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I came across a photograph shot years ago today, a sort of “self-portrait”. Thank you Laura Sullivan, a talented, creative, and patient writer for dealing with me one our trips overseas together (more later). Laura, as you may have guessed, photographed the moment with my camera.

When traveling, I prided myself on trying to experience life as the locals experience life. This involves avoiding tourists, speaking the local language (as much I can learn in a few weeks), and taking public transportation (not much fun except in Europe). 🙂

So when I was in Cambodia shooting an assignment at a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) hospital run by Americans, I noticed fried tarantulas sold as food. As luck would have it, a merchant walked through our restaurant with a basket of the deep fried eight-legged freaks. Not wishing to think (that would have completely ruined the moment), I purchased one of the fried critters, and immediately ate it.

Words cannot describe the experience. And we’ll leave it at that.

But I do have a cool photograph of the moment to prove I did it.

Tarantula dinner- Cambodia

On a side note, I shot photographs of my very pregnant wife Jasmine a few days ago. While I have been meaning to get the pictures sooner, the 100 plus degree temperatures everyday for the last three months have not been agreeing with her pregnant state, and we have been married long enough for me to know not to suggest the photographs until sunset.

Trying to get my son to cooperate was like, well- eating a deep fried tarantula!

 

Ryan

R. Fox Photography

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

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photoSpark photography- Raleigh, North Carolina

The photoSPARK gallery will present an exhibition of photography to showcase the diverse and talented group of photographers in the community through a traditional gallery as well as a digital display or works.  All photographs will be shown at the Fish Market Gallery on the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett Streets, under the Urban Design Center. Additionally, there will be kidSPARK activities held at the Fish Market on Saturday, Sept. 18th, from 10am.

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A photograph of mine, the Cathedral of St. Louis, will be featured in the show.  This is a medium format B&W negative shot with a plastic camera.  The Spark events (art, photo, street painting) will be exciting and feature street artists, fashion shows, and other artistic events.   I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox

R. Fox Photography

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxwedding.com

Washington DC fine art photography

This month, VAE  (Visual Arts Exchange) in downtown Raleigh celebrates photographers and the work they produce with unframed photographs.  My photograph(s) of the Washington, DC monument to the WWII fallen currently is displayed in the exhibition.    I hope everyone has the opportunity to see the “holgarama” (a combination of three photographs intentionally merged “in-camera” by underadvancing the film).  The 20×30″ photograph will be on display until the 26th of August.

The “”holgarama”  is a technique I have shot for years- including weddings.  One of my favorite wedding photographs of all time is a holgarama of a bride and groom looking at each other with the couple in the center of the triptych.  These photographs involve no digital trickery, they are the product of a plastic camera and artistic inspiration, plus a decent knowledge of positive and negative space.

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I have used this technique for years to “merge” 3-16 photographs as one.  The technique works well over an extended period of time too- starting with photographs of the bride getting ready and ending with shots of the reception.

I look forward to your comments.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox

R. Fox Photography LLC

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com