Photography and painting

Phototgraphy and watercolor painting Are something I both enjoy.  In the right hands both are artistic, but involve different methods and approaches (not to mention equipment).

After 13+ years photographing weddings, I have decided to halt my wedding and portrait photography business to concentrate on fine art painting- Watercolor, specifically.  I graduated University of Michigan with a BFA in Drawing/Painting.   I enjoyed painting, but had a tendency to paint in a photo-realistic manner.  I gravitated to photography as a result.

While i concentrated on photography as a career, I never changed my major.  What was the point?  I would have been in school another year and another $_K in debt.   Ow.

Since I was getting an art degree, and suck at waiting tables, I might as well finish school quickly.

Times change.  Film converts to digital.   Instead of spending my time shooting, I spent a large portion of it in front of the computer.

Computers are great, but I have never been a big fan of digital since it involves so much time organizing, storing, and editing on the computer.  Digital photography is great too, but lacks the element of surprise I enjoyed with film.  While I continued to mix digital & film with my wedding shoots, my clients’ desires for both decreased.  most people were not interested in true B&W film, Holgaramas, or the artistic & unique work I was producing with film.

The clients who hired me, not surprisingly, were artists.

With the birth of my second son,  my free-time during the day (my older son was in pre-k) were over.

There went my editing time…

The past few years I had started reading and browsing the web about watercolor painting.  I ordered books and looked at numerous websites.  And I became excited.

In college, my watercolors looked like photographs.  Now, my goal is to produce a painting FROM a photograph.

The first painting I created looked nothing like a photograph.  I could change anything- color, or composition.

I was pleasantly shocked.

I still don’t have much free time, but I am using the time I have to paint.

Will I shoot weddings in the future?  Probably.  In a few years.  Or I might stick to painting.  We’ll see what happens.

Ryan

R. Fox Photography/Painting

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

(919) 645-8345

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