Bolivia stock and travel photography- R. Fox Photo

As I near the end of scanning my 35mm chromes (slides) from my travel photography days (currently on hiatus thanks to the birth of my 2nd son), I recently added a gallery for the South American country of Bolivia.  Below are a few photographs from the city of La Paz where we visited my brother-in-laws family.

Bolivia is beautiful, but chilly the wintertime (our summer season).  When that sun dropped out of the sky, it went from a comfortable 65 degrees to COLD.  Quickly.


You also couldn’t fake the altitude.  La Paz is one of the highest altitude cities in the world.  For the first few days you feel like a fish out of the water- constantly trying to catch your breath.

It does not help that you land at the airport, which is at 13k feet, and then descend into the city.

Of course, cold and altitude aside, when you see sunrises like this I could care less how cold, hungry, or craving coffee I was.  The photographs were worth the effort.

 

Lastly,  I have been currently working on  watercolor paintings based on these travel photographs.  This image of the Cementario de Trenos (Cemetery of Trains) in the Salar de Uyuni is a composite of three photographs.  The colors have been dramatically changed.  I was rather proud of the rusty look in the train on the left.  Not too bad for a two hour watercolor (drawing time not included).

Further examples of my paintings are available online at this link.

The travel photographs are available in a variety of options, including cards, proofs, and canvas prints.  Check my Fine Art America Site for further details

Hope everyone is keeping busy and enjoying the weather.

Sincerely,

Ryan

R. Fox Photography

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ryan@rfoxphoto.com

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Watercolor paintings- Bolivia, Tunisia, and Ecuador

Been staying out of trouble lately..

 

…who am I kidding.  The truth is, I have been homebound keeping my 4 year old out of trouble while my wife does a fantastic job nursing our month old.   I am not always home, but I am in the car a large portion of the day shuttling Mr. Iron Man back and forth between preschool and home.

Ah, the life of an involved parent.

In my free time, I have rediscovered watercolor painting.

I had a breathrough the other night when I started, and completed this really loose watercolor in only a few hours.  My primary goal was to keep it fast and not get bogged down with mindless detail (one reason I switched to photography in college- my photo realistic painting style was driving me bonkers).

Alvaro Castagnet, the fantastic Argentinian painter, came to mind when I was laying in the dark, loose washes of this scene of the Cathedral in the colonial Ecuadorian city of Cuenca.

A little help from the spray bottle, some salt, and a bunch of paint later, and I was rather happy with the outcome.

This watercolor of the Roman ruins at Dougga took a little longer to complete.  Who would expect Roman ruins in Tunisia?  Not I, but Tunisia is home to some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world.

This painting is a photo composite of the Cementerio de Trenos (no translation needed) in the Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia).  I stumbled (due to elevation & exhaustion) out for sunset one night many moons ago.  It was an amazing, but cold, experience.

Do not worry, I have not given up photographing.  Megan and Sam’s wedding photographs from Milwaukee, WI are processing on my computer as I write, and will be posted online tomorrow.

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

Sincerely,

Ryan

R. Fox Photography

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

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”).

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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

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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