Artist/photographer/traveller/New Yorker/Anglophile and dog lover
I grew up in rural Kentucky listening to my Grandfather's stories of his travels, reading old copies of National Geographic and dreaming of being a photographer. I was the first college graduate in my family, earning a BFA & an MFA before moving to New York City to pursue a career. Over the next several years I assisted well known photographers while shooting my own projects, making art and showing in galleries. I paid my dues- hauling gear up mountains and across sandy beaches, shooting castings of crying babies and long days on set. I met lots of famous people (not as tall as they look) and took home food that graced the cover of Bon Appetit to share with my friends.
Eventually, I started shooting for editorial and corporate clients including The City of New York and Canon USA. But my favorite jobs were travel assignments I shot for magazines and airlines. These shoots took me around the world and were every bit as exhilarating as I had dreamed they would be. They allowed me my favorite thing in the world - to wake up at dawn in a foreign place, go out with my camera and follow the light. I loved shooting iconic scenes but also exploring the places not found in a guidebook, looking for the out-of-the-way scenes and details that capture the essence of a place.
Painting has also long been a passion and I am influenced by the Impressionists, Botticelli and the Pre-Raphaelites. In my home studio, I combine my images with painting techniques to elevate the magic of the image. The resulting art is a subtle blend that exists somewhere between the two art forms.
I still live NYC– in the heart of midtown Manhattan – and travel as often as possible. I continue to capture the images that enchant and amaze me so that I can share them with my collectors and now, through this website, with you. My hope is that each moment captured transcends into a moment that you, the viewer can feel, and interpret through your own unique viewpoint.
If you’d like to know more reach out to me at robin@robinrileyphotography.