Still Growing

December 21, 2016  •  2 Comments

Welcome to the next iteration of my photography web site (my intellectual property/technology/law web site is here).

You will agree that even though the old RCOPhoto.com site was one of my beloved brother Stephen's masterpieces (it was a long-ago gift from him), the new one is a step up, particularly in reflecting my more recent interest in photographing the human body in studio and containing more content generally.  It will also be easier for me to update and maintain myself (thanks, Zenfolio, in spite of all your GUI quirks).

It has been many decades that I have been exploring my world through a camera--and many generations of cameras at that.  I love how cameras and lenses have evolved, and the expressive opportunities of digital.  After years of miniatures (35mm) I moved into medium format thanks to the writings and friendly encouragement of Michael Reichmann and the thoughtful teachings of, and long discussions with, Steve Richard.  You should visit Steve's web site, it's an inspiration and there is a lot of great information on it.  Thanks too to Nick Devlin for his technical insights. 

My approach is rooted in image permanence and traditional display, although perhaps more modern approaches of online sharing are beginning to loosen me up a bit.  I have yet to incorporate motion to any extent.  

If you are looking for a photographer, I am always open to new ideas and models.  Feel free to contact me through this site.

The pictures here have accumulated over much of my adult life (I began at age 11, so I've spared you a couple of decades worth), perhaps the majority of them captured traveling, which is when I have had both the time and the excitement of discovery to make images.  Now I have more time, being "retired" from the active practice of law, to spend on photography and have begun to tackle the tremendous challenges of working on the studio.  I am also trying to use photography to accompany and illustrate my poetry, in particular a yoga-influenced project I have been working on for several months.  Still, time is always too short and progress never enough.  One must keep trying.

I am a great believer in Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment"-but as a practitioner of that style of photography he was uniquely gifted.  I will keep looking for those moments, and try to hone my aesthetic sensibilities to be able to make the most of them, but being, um, a bit older now the more methodical approach of studio photography is appealing.  But I still have a brace of Leicas goading me onto the streets.

Thank you for checking in.  Stay tuned for future developments on the site.

Richard

 

 

 

 



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