The beauty of photography revealed itself to Rich in his teenage years and has led to a lifelong quest to refine his craft to express the beauty he sees in the natural world.
Rich was born and raised in Ohio, and after college moved with his wife Susan to Yosemite National Park to work at The Ansel Adams Gallery so he could further his study of photography in that magical place. A pioneer of digital photography, Rich's skills soon led to printing the first digital exhibitions for renowned photographers including Galen Rowell, Robert Glenn Ketchum, and many others from his studio located near the boundary of Yosemite. He has taught Photoshop and printing workshops with California State University Summer Arts, The Ansel Adams Gallery, and his own workshop program, and has done documentary photography for the National Park Service. His personal work focuses on the landscape and other subjects that interest him. He uses a mix of large format film and high resolution digital cameras, which allow him to capture rich detail and tonality in his prints.
After twenty two years living in and around Yosemite National Park, Rich and his family now make the Nashville area their home base for fine art printing, workshops, and teaching as he continues to explore the American Landscape.
Photography is how I make sense of the world; How I seek to understand it. Often these are my own musing and interests, but on rare occasions, I am presented with scenes of beauty that transcend the mundanity of mortal existence. For me these moments happen in nature, when rare light brings together conditions where all of nature seems to be singing. I believe these moments we call “beauty" are actually times where I can more clearly hear all creation singing praise for their Creator. At Christmas I’ve sung the line “and heaven and nature sing” most of my life without understanding it. Now I understand better, from what I’ve seen and experienced, that all nature seeks to give glory to its Creator and Savior Jesus, and He wants to share that beauty with us. I look forward to the day when these fleeting moments of light become permanent and extend into eternity. Until then, I will seek to capture them in photographs to share with others.