FAFO Ocala Arts Festival’s Featured Artist


FLORIDA NOIR SERIES: There is something magical about the woodlands, swamps, and backroads of Florida; twisting trees over wood bridges, large birds and an abundance of wildlife; all with an almost haunted, mystical quality. Florida shares much of its landscape characteristics with other parts of the South and Gulf Coast states. While Florida has no glorious western-style mountain landscapes, my home state is nonetheless enchanting and loved by its residents, especially to those rare Florida natives like myself. For the next several years, I will be traveling around the state shooting its various parks, rivers, and coastlines to capture photography and story from all 67 counties in Florida. In 2015, I am hoping to publish a book of the final results.

RICHARD’S STORY: In high school, I was nominated for the American Visions Award, as well as winning a Gold Key in the Scholastics Art and Writing competition, for submitting a photograph of the Everglades National Forest, titled “Celestia.” In college, I shot lifestyles for the FSView college newspaper and continued shooting passionately for 2 years after graduating college in 2008. After a runaway success as an emerging artist at the 2010 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, selling out my entire booth before the last show day, I quit his office job to pursue fine-art photography as a full-time career at art festivals throughout Florida, as well as galleries. I currently have my studios in Summerfield and Orlando, Florida.

ART FESTIVALS: In March of 2010, I started a new career as a full-time, professional fine-art photographer with a humble list of awards to my name. In 2013, I attended at least 30 art festivals in Florida; in 2014, I plan to travel the nation as well.

FILM PROCESS: I own an arsenal of vintage film cameras, with a focus on medium format rangefinders. Something profoundly spiritual has been lost in the soul of fine-art photography and photojournalism in the digital age, especially with regards to authenticity and craftsmanship. Photographers have found themselves defending whether or not photography is even an art any longer, and I have enjoyed not having to defend my work since switching to film. Film takes a thoughtful pre-visualization, as well as high investment, to create a final masterpiece. In 2010, after an 8-year absence from film, I returned to past technologies for these reasons, and have enjoyed the overwhelming response from the art community. Check out my new Technical Notes page.