Behind the Lens
Made in Japan and born in Kentucky, I lived the first 35 years of my life either as an Army Brat or as an Army Officer. Growing up, I always wanted to be an Architect. No, not in a pretending, “George Costanza” kind of way but in a more real life, Frank Lloyd Wright way. While the road to the objective was a long and winding, as the song goes, I did persevere.
I graduated with a Master of Architecture Degree from the School of Architecture and Community Design at the University of South Florida. (Go Bulls!) I did so, not so much on talent but more on the fact that the senior faculty had thought six years in a four year program was enough.
I started taking pictures while I was being all I could be in the military. I took snap shots of the unique places, funny people and unbelievable experiences afforded me during my assignments made by Uncle Sam.
However, it wasn’t until I started studying architecture that I gained an appreciation for and an understanding of composition. Photographic images recorded the details of what made great buildings great. I used these compositions within compositions to study and enjoy architecture and continue to do so today.
I believe photography and architecture are members of the same family of art. The relationship is not so close as to say they are brother and sister, but if one were to study their common blood, the two art forms could be seen as at least cousins.
The two relatives share the principle of composition to express focus, meaning and emotion in their work. They both rely on the play of light to reveal form. And like members of a family, they speak the same language of shape, color and perspective.
These similarities draw the two disciplines together and for me, moving from one to the other is natural. This is the direction I’m heading now; still with a love of all things architecture, but moving to create images of people, places and things through light, pose, expression & movement.
Portraiture, Travel, Built and Natural Environment are what interest me the most, although I also enjoy searching for and finding shapes, patterns, textures and colors in the common, everyday objects like a table top, a concrete floor, a fence or a even a nail in a telephone pole.
Rick Drake, CPP