BIO Born and raised in Toronto, Rick began to photograph in the early 80s. concentrating on street scenes. After 13 years as a newspaper reporter Rick enrolled in Humber College’s Creative Photography program where he earned his certificate. Following his graduation, he worked as a photojournalist combining his new photographic skills with writing and editing. In the mid-90s he began working in digital media for companies like America Online, the CBC, Quebecor Media and Microsoft. He continued to shoot pictures throughout that period and recently changed his focus to black and white landscapes. His work has been featured in group shows in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
ARTIST STATEMENT Rick has adhered to an essentialist philosophy for most of his working life. As a journalist, he focused removing what was unnecessary and leaving only what was crucial to telling a coherent story. He later followed author Greg McKeown’s view that life is about challenging the core assumption of ‘we can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’. Combined with the Japanese philosophy of Ma - the celebration of the space between things – Rick’s goal with photography is to evoke a calming esthetic that is both gentle and elegant. Negative space becomes as important to developing the image as the key subject matter itself.