Rich Clark Photographer

The first roll of film

My love of photography came to me at a young age. I was very fortunate to have experienced the colour and energy of a world of very differing cultures growing up, living in places such as Africa, Mauritius and Hong Kong, never far from the coast. I feel privileged to have visited and lived in these countries and to have witnessed the very unique sights, sounds and tastes along the way. My parents had travelled the world with their work and of course never went anywhere without their cameras. I grew up surrounded by Kodak Retinettes, Pentax Me Supers and boxes of slides and prints. The yearn to travel, to explore and to capture and create remains strong.

Inspiration

My work is largely inspired by my love for the outdoors. Strong coastal themes are born from a love for the ocean. I was fortunate to grow up not too far from the ocean, understanding the unique balance gained from a life not far from the sea. I am happiest enjoying the outdoors, escaping from the stresses of modern life, exploring and immersing myself within the landscape. Through sport and travel I've been able to increase the time I spend in the outdoors. My camera has allowed me to forge a more personal relationship with the outdoors, to both capture and to create what takes my fancy.

Influences

The coast remains my first love and often my inspiration. It is rugged, elemental, changeable and for me provides the greatest sense of harmony within the landscape. There is something very special about the point where the land meets the sea.

In reality I am influenced by all I see around me, by film, by music and by other photographers and artists whose work crosses my path. Initially it was the work of landscape photographer Ansel Adams that peaked my curiosity, the seascapes of Hiroshi Sugimoto and monochrome images of music photographer Anton Corbijn.  The more abstract painters such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman also sparked my desire to create and learn.

Over the years since, landscape photographers such as Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite  and David Ward to name but a few, have continued to inspire me. The list grows every day and is far too numerous to account for here.

I work to present what I hope are lasting images, that occasionally offer a view the eye may not see. I enjoy playing with time, playing with light and working with the detail, colour and texture around me. I'm always searching for a magical moment, when the light and the weather combine to present a scene at its very best.

Many of my images are very personal, they are very much an expression of my feelings and emotions when exploring the landscape.

The Smaller Details

My images often have a more minimalist approach and I love to focus, not just on the wider landscape but also on micro landscapes. It is very much the details and textures surrounding us that excite me. I also make more abstract images by manipulating light and movement. The majority of these images are created organically in-camera, using ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) in its varying forms, blending multiple exposures and exploring how light interacts with varying materials and textures. This style of photography allows the camera to become the artists brush, allowing a more impressionistic and abstract approach.

My landscape images have been published on book covers, in magazines and online. Even winning the odd small award here and there. I continue to work in a variety of genres and maintain a genuine appetite for most things photographic.

When I'm not holding a camera

When I'm not behind the camera I'm quite partial to a game of tennis. I'm currently the 'Tennis Chairman' at Crowborough Tennis and Squash Club, trying to do my bit to improve the club's tennis and squash offering. I enjoy surfing (okay..bobbing about in the sea), camping, the kitchen, exploring restaurants and bars. I adore getting lost in a movie or documentary which I often do at the gym.

I'll never stop exploring and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us all.

 

Rich Clark