Richard Martin presents at the MCC in memory of Bonnie Nichol
- Free for paid up MCC members - generous donation by Ron Nichol
- $10 fee for guests, cash only to be paid at the door or the week before.
- Each member must register and reserve their seat for themselves and their guests. First come first serve!!
- Membership number will be required at registration
- Registration will start end of June, more details to follow.
A long time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard has been leading annual workshops on photography and visual design in his native Kingston, Ontario for fourteen years. He also teaches workshops and seminars across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Widely exhibited in both public and commercial galleries, including the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery of Queen ’s University, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art and The Silver Light Gallery in Carmel California. He began making photographs in 1976 as a hobby, which paralleled his profession in architecture. In 1990 Richard made photography his full time pursuit. He is best known for his unique vision of the natural world, with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light - combining an architectural love of geometry, pattern and texture with a painter's sensitivity to colour, light and composition.
Images by Richard Martin have appeared in numerous periodicals, with portfolios, essays and articles published in Camera Canada, Photo Digest, Photo Selection, Photo Life, Best of Photography Annual, Wood Le Bois, Wood Design & Building, Canadian Interiors and Queen’s Quarterly. He is currently contributing editor for Photo Life Magazine.
My photography is a celebration of the visual world. As my individual photographic style emerged, I developed a fascination with linear structure and texture. I began seeing line and shape in a highly graphic way, and gained an appreciation for the dramatic effects of light and shadow on form. One of the unique properties of photography is its spontaneity, its ability to capture a transient moment. A moment of discovery becomes a moment of rediscovery when the subject is viewed through the lens. In this way photography becomes a simultaneous act of intuition, feeling and recording. The quality of light can transform the commonplace into the poetic and makes the real seem mystical and surreal. My approach to photography is simple. I value the unexpected and remain open to new ideas. I constantly explore new directions. The process of selection is undertaken in a meditative and contemplative fashion. I believe silence is vital to seeing. My image making is generally performed alone, working slowly, trusting my evaluation to my intuition. As instructor, my greatest challenge is to help participants see the world in new, active and deeply meaningful ways.
“Richard Martin’s Intelligent and caring workshop philosophy is based on a great deal of experience, both as participant and instructor. The creativity of his vision, images, and teaching is inspiring.”