Ron Quick / Member Interview
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. MARCEL PROUST
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I have always had a camera starting around the age of fourteen to document scouting events and family vacations but never utilized in an artistic way. It wasn’t until I was pursuing my undergraduate degree that I enrolled in a 9 week introductory digital photography class that I became aware of creating art with the camera-hooked ever since.
Tell us about your first photo that really validated your interest as a photographer.
It was an image from below looking up towards a large modern pedestrian bridge spanning the Missouri river that featured strong framing and vibrant color. This image made me realize that I was attracted to unique points of view with elements of architecture.
What do you enjoy photographing the most?
Urban night scenes I enjoy the most. Probably would exclusively shoot night images but maintaining a regular life during the day is almost impossible when shooting all night.
What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
Having an exhibit at the governor’s mansion and seeing several images published in “Focus on Nebraska” book that was for sale at Barnes & Noble.
How do you feel photography has impacted the way you see the world?
Great question as a photographer that’s traversed the same alleys and sidewalks repeatedly you start to noticing new things that have always been there. Revisiting the same scenes for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th time forces the photographer to look at things differently with new eyes. This has sharpened my awareness of my environment because you start conditioning your eyes to see less obvious items. Now no matter where I go everything is a potential photograph and at times can be distracting.
What would you like for people take away from your work?
That everyday scenes and items that go unnoticed can be extracted in such a way that they stand on their own as art.
What are some ‘must have’ items in your camera bag?
Wipe cloths, extra batteries, memory cards, bulb syringe (child nose suction), plastic bag, small towel, and a backup lens.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the ONE photography book you would want to have with you?
Not a specific photography book but a book that’s almost entirely conceived of photographs of mid-twentieth architecture is Paul Heyer’s 1966 book entitled “Architects on Architecture: new directions in America”. It’s a “feast for the eyes” in b/w images showcasing in each chapter a specific architect and their accomplished works. It has 416 pages of endless architecture from many different vantage points from around the world accentuating specifics details, light, and shadows. It has opened my eyes on approaching the urban setting and how to achieve a timeless look when shooting in monochrome.
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