Rick Stockwell

Rick Stockwell

Photographer at Large

About Rick Stockwell

I live in a very beautiful part of the world. I also happen to live where that world changes dramatically every few months as the seasons change from the mostly greens  and blues of summer ;  to the brilliant fall colors of reds, oranges, and yellows;  to all white in winter with occasional  subtle or dramatic colors like a red barn  [ like the one above ] against the all white landscape surrounding it, and then to the brilliant blossoming of new life that is Spring with every color imaginable.  Every new season is always a welcome change from the one we are just beginning to tire of.

The coolness of Fall comes on the heels of summer heat and humidity ;  the quiet blanket of snow hides the drab,  colorless landscape that fall has died into ;  the rebirth that Spring brings to  what seems like some kind of death in winter proves to us that it was not death at all,  merely suspended animation that every year makes me believe in reincarnation.   I love going on road trips from before sunup to after sundown driving around in New England beauty all day. I’m now at the point where I know where to go depending on the weather, the light, and / or where the best foliage colors are at the time. I usually end up driving many hours, but unaware of the miles because the sights are so richly inspiring. I try to capture that beauty and hopefully share it with you, the viewer.

I used to take photographs to use for my landscape paintings back when I painted in oils on canvas. But when digital cameras became available, and photoshop and home printers were affordable, I became fascinated with the endless possibilities that existed in what you could do to bring out the best in a photograph. Every photograph has what I believe to be it’s unique form and presentation that best displays it’s capabilities.  Some are brilliantly colorful and want to show off their drama in a high gloss, giant photo, while others have the kind of contrast that lends it to being best as a black and white. Some shots are best presented as a photograph printed on matte, or gloss,  or metallic paper, and then matted with the matt and color that best compliments it. A photograph matted in white looks very different from one matted in black.