Rudy is a Film, and Instant Film photographer based in the Greater Bay Area of California. His shots with classic cameras and film, are a combination that is almost impossible to duplicate.
"I consider my pictures to be my personal paintings; one-of-a-kind images that cannot be duplicated. This is why Instant Photography speaks so loudly to me. The classic bordered frame is my canvas, and the chemistry in the film is my medium. "
Check out more of Rudy's work at curatedstudios.com, and follow him on Instagram @clickinstantly.
SuZen is a fine- art photographer, graphic designer, educator and peace-activist.
Over the years, SuZen has exhibited her photography in museums and galleries internationally including Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY and Zabriskie Gallery, in NYC, Her work is in numerous collections including the Library of Congress, Denver Museum of Art, and Bibliotheque National of Paris.
Since 1979, she has been teaching photography. Among the places she has taught are: Hunter College, International Center for Photography, Art Institute of New York City, and Pratt Institute. In 1982, SuZen organized her first performance/art installation, Coming from Blindness Into Sight, in the lobby of One World Trade Center. Since then she has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Art for a 4 Woman Inter-Arts performance/installation, Between Spaces, in the TWA terminal at JFK airport; and the New York State Council on the Arts for a 40’ x 23’ painted mural of her photograph, Flowing Light, which can be seen across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street.
In 1979, she organized, 50 NYC Photographers, her first exhibition in a public space, 26 Federal Plaza. In 1981, she founded, Art For the People and has coordinated numerous public events around NYC. In 1984 in Central Park, she organized the first Universal Peace Day (www.universalpeaceday.com) to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This has become an annual event, which been taken place at The Riverside Church, NY Buddhist Church, The Church of St Paul and St Andrew, The Church Center of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and this year at Union Square Park in front of the Gandhi statute. In 2007, SuZen began A Peal for Peace Bell Ringing Project to ring bells around the world at the moment of the Hiroshima bombing. This year, bells rang in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, and around the US.
A designer as well as a photographer, SuZen is currently launching a line of cat-inspired clothing, with the charming name, SuPurr.
Our featured photographer for the June issue is Tammy Ruggles. Shooting with a Sony RX100, she has captured scenes from the farmland that surrounds her rural Kentucky home that are reminiscent of Ansel Adams - monochromatic and melancholy. They are masterfully shot, although she is legally blind.
“Sometimes it's hard for me to understand or put into words how my vision plays into it, because I've always had my vision problem, and I've always been into art. I would imagine it's harder for others to understand I,” she states, when asked to comment on her eyesight. “It has made me practice photography in a different way than most photographers. Most see very well the subject they want to shoot, and may plan a shot accordingly. I see it in a very blurry way, sometimes not at all if it's far away. I snap photos as I walk or ride, then transfer them to a forty-seven inch computer monitor, in order to view what I've captured. Sometimes I catch images that I didn't even see right in front of me while pointing my camera, like the time I accidentally caught the edge of a hay bale while shooting across an open field.
“Once my pictures are on my monitor, my selection process begins. I like and choose high contrast images that seem to have a simple, interesting composition or subject, just because I can see them better, and this appeals to my style. If a picture seems boring to me, or not enough contrast, I delete it. Many of my images are discarded, in favor of the ones I think have an artistic look to them. Sometimes I even add more contrast so that I can see the image more clearly. My vision, or lack of, has determined my process and style.”
On how she draws upon her surroundings for inspiration, Tammy says, “Given that I can't drive, due to my visual impairment, I have to shoot when I can and where I can, and that means the scenery that is around me, mainly rural areas and farms. I wouldn't mind traveling to other places to take pictures, but I've found that you don't have to go very far to take interesting or aesthetic pictures. Sometimes good ones come from your own back yard.”
Tammy's work has been published in Art Times Journal, Weird Tales, Zymbol, Black Bottom Press, Whitefish Review, The Briar Cliff Review,Midnight Echo, Blacktop Passages, LION Magazine, and The Notebook, among others, and the feedback she has received has been very positive. “I was so afraid to even try photography two years ago. It had always been a strong desire of mine, but my visual impairment held me back. Technology made it possible. I rely on this feedback, since I don't see my pictures very well. I'm still shocked when people say my photos are beautiful.”
In addition to photography, she is also a painter. On the differences between the art mediums, she says “With painting, I create the image with my fingers from an image in my mind's eye. With photography, the image already exists, whether in a barn, in a flower, or a smile. I just have to capture it, select it, and claim it as my choice. For me, photography is about selecting photos that correspond with images I might paint on paper or canvas if I could. With finger painting, I'm recalling images of the scenery I grew up with, and not using reference photos.”
Why the choice to shoot predominately in black and white, while painting in an array of such vivid colors? “With painting, I'm conveying memories and images I remember as a child growing up in rural Kentucky. These are mental images, and my memories are in color. These are more idealized and nostalgic images of my surroundings. More abstract I'd say.”
“With photography, my approach and interpretation of that same scenery is more in the here and now, more literal, and it's the way I always saw myself doing photography--classic black and white. With painting, colors blend together like memories often do. With photography, there really isn't that blending. At least, the way I do it. Black and white photographs are pretty straightforward. I don't see my finger paintings as clearly as I see my black and white photos.”
Regardless of her vision, Tammy is an artist. Her work, in either paint or photography, is an offering as an artist and not just a way of describing what she sees. “I don't always see what I'm taking a picture of, and when painting, I call up images from memories. I don't want to give anyone the impression that I'm a completely blind person trying to show the world how I see, or what I see, or that I see differently than some people. I do have some residual vision, and art education, that I use.
“It's more like photography and painting are ways that I create and convey art. Instead of people thinking of me as a legally blind photographer or painter, I'd rather they think of me as an artist losing vision. I've been an artist since the age of twelve, and find it very hard to let go of creativity.”
More of her work can be seen at her gallery online.
Recognized by a rare few that have seen his work as an artist, writer & photographer. He would admit such, only if hard pressed to do so, but will gladly admit to his interest in the aforementioned art forms. His background vaguely consists of architectural technology and numerous failed ventures, the most recent of which being his involvement in Saint Red Magazine—which surprisingly is gaining interest. He talks so low that many mistake his speaking for mumbling, but if one ventures to lean closer they find he does indeed articulate his words correctly. He has a small collection of R2D2 figurines, among which is one he put together himself from a metal kit, which coincidentally broke, and is far from his favorite in the collection.