Greetings! Welcome to my photography gallery on Zenfolio.
I am relatively new to photography, for which I developed an interest seven years ago after having moved to beautiful and scenic California, which is my home. To my astonishment and delight, that interest has burgeoned into a passion for imagery and art, so much so that photography has become the love of my life.
I am a self-taught photographer and consider myself a life-long student of photography in the classic tradition. During my primary career that I still hold, I am intensively studying and experimenting with the techniques of light manipulation and exploring artistic expressions to perpetually learn the art of photography. I am inspired by the timeless and incomparable work and teachings of Ansel Adams, the spirit and sense of adventure of Galen Rowell, and the masterful interplay of proximity and abstraction from Howard Bond, among other great photographers.
Fundamentally, I am fascinated and inspired by the multi-faceted nature of light – the interplay of highlights, shadows, tonality, and color – and how it creates the mood, affect, and textures of a scene and captivates the imagination of the artist. In my mind and heart, I firmly believe that artistic vision, the light, and the skill of the photographer are paramount to visualizing the photograph and making it a reality.
Scenics and travel photography have become the focus of my exploits thus far, but I am interested in pursuing fine art and portraiture work. Following seven years of exploration, introspection, and discovery, film has become my canvas and the view camera my paint brush.
I update this gallery monthly with new photographs. Please, I invite you to browse these images and leave your feedback, because I appreciate constructive criticism on my work, which is an instrumental method to grow as an artist.
Further, I have posted additional images onto Flickr, which allows a continuous stream of photos to be viewed. The address is https://www.flickr.com/photos/91559120@N02. High resolution photos may only be viewed on Zenfolio, however.
Thank you for your visit.
|Address||Santa Rosa, CA
Rick Keller is an outdoors and hiking enthusiast and has a healthy and tremendous respect for nature, conservation, and the environment.
Although Rick is trained as and remains employed as a physician, he hopes to gain more experience and opportunities in photography to further explore aesthetics and creativity, refine his direction and skill, and expand his portfolio. For the past year, he has been a contributor for the popular on-line photography publication, Photography Life, and has authored numerous articles on light, visualization, composition, and technique.
After having started with a digital format, Rick photographs predominantly with film using various formats (8x10", 4x5", 6x7 cm, 6x4.5 cm, and 35mm). He enjoys color and black and white film; slide and print film; panchromatic and orthochromatic emulsions; and daylight-balanced, tungsten-balanced, infrared, and x-ray film.
Currently, Rick is in the midst of his journey into the realm of large format photography using both vintage and modern tools: Cherrywood view cameras, monorail view cameras, an assortment of plasmat, tessar, dialyte, double gauss, and process lenses, and a sheet film scanner.
As of June 2015, Rick has started making photographs in the 8x10 format. By the end of 2015, he plans to have taken up formal training in dark room and printing techniques, including producing 8x10 contact prints. Further, Rick has also sought out private tutelage with the remaining few Master Photographers and Printers who were trained by the greats in the classic tradition.