Today we’d like to introduce you to Richie Walsh.
Richie, please kick things off by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in Ireland where I lived until I was 28. I emigrated to New York in the 90s and began working in construction. Through hard work and perseverance, I learned the ins and out of many skilled trades. After several years, I had the opportunity to design and build custom interiors for high end clothing and shoe stores. I also worked in high end residential construction and design.
In the early 2000s I moved to San Francisco where, inspired by the city and the sea, I found myself interested in photography. I purchased a Canon Rebel film camera, took some photography courses, and shot a lot of urban images. My photography group had the opportunity to show our work at the Harvey Milk Center in San Francisco. But, life got busier, I started my own construction company and as it took off, photography took a back seat.
After ten years in San Francisco I moved to Orange County. In 2014, the photography bug struck again, and I bought myself a Nikon digital SLR.
Since then, I’ve spent countless hours bringing myself up to speed on new technologies and advancements in photography. Working my 9-5 full-time job limits my shooting times to evenings, early mornings, and weekends. But, I make the best of it and have had the opportunity to travel extensively in California, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest and internationally. Every adventure and new setting presents countless opportunities for me to capture new images to share.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My primary focus is landscapes however I do enjoy architectural and street scenes. For me, photography is an emotion, a connection to whatever I view through the eye piece of my camera. This is a very personal view.
When I go on location sometimes the emotion is not there, the connection with my subject is missing. If the emotion is absent I tend not to shoot, I just observe.
When the emotion or connection is present, there may be lots of people around, but I can tune them out and focus on the scene. This is what attracts me to photography, the solitude, the chance to be alone in some beautiful wilderness.
Light is an important part of my photography. Nature has so many different phases of light. To be able to capture the right light, at the right time makes the image.
I would like to think that when people view my images they feel an emotional connection; perhaps it reminds them of something they have experienced in life, perhaps it transports them to a different time and place. Knowing I can have a positive impact on other people is what draws me to share my art.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Photography is an expensive form of art. The equipment, the traveling, the printing.. I have a full-time job which affords me the opportunity to travel and purchase equipment.
My advice for budding artist would be to focus on a particular medium. Try and establish your own creative look, attend fairs, look at websites, see what people are selling. Enter as many competitions as you can but most importantly, never give up. If it makes you happy, that alone is worth the effort.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work on my website, RJWFINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM, which I constantly update. My Instagram account is rjwfinephotography and my 500PX account is also rjwfinephotography.
I also attend fairs throughout the year in Orange County. This year I will be exhibiting my work at the Sunset Beach Mother’s Day Art Festival May 11-13 and then at the Newport Beach Art Fair in October.
People may purchase images directly through my website www.rjwfinephotography.com. I can customize sizes and finishes. I have many images available, the website is just a small selection. If requested, I am available to shoot images at your desired location.
- Address: Richie Walsh
Adams Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626
- Website: rjwfinephotography.com
- Phone: 949-698-3838
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: rjwfinephotography@instagram
- Facebook: Facebook@ rjw fine photography
- Other: rjwfinephotography@500PX