Ray Mickevicius, Photographer
My work is about my own awakening to what is often right in front of me...and learning to see it and be with it in a way that no longer allows me to take it for granted. Sometimes it is beautiful, sometimes it is simple and elegant, sometimes it is powerful, and often it is all of the above. Edge, pattern, texture, and "character" in nature, architecture, design, city life, and portraiture are the most frequent areas I explore.
am especially drawn to these subjects because of the opportunities they
provide to explore an endless variety of the subtle and powerful
elements that give distinction to my subjects. I continue to be
fascinated by little things: the color, edges, and power of fall leaves,
buds about to burst into bloom, and the subtle angles and play of
shadows and light, or a particularly interesting face. No matter where I may be, something is always catching my eye;
I find photographs nearly everywhere I look. I most enjoy discovering
and focusing on details that many people pass by and never give a second
thought or look.
introduction to photography came about when I starting using my mother’s old “Kodak
Brownie” camera. Snapping pictures and waiting to discover how they
turned out was a marvelous time of magic and anticipation for me. I was hooked,
all serious photographers, I immersed myself in the discipline of
learning to use the tools of photography: lenses and their properties,
exposure, tripods, filters, lighting, film speed, composition. I began
working with digital photography in 1999 when it was still a relatively
young, but rapidly emerging technology. Now I am completely
absorbed in learning whatever I can about the subtleties and
possibilities of digital cameras, computer imaging software, and
images you are viewing were captured (using a Phase One medium format
digital back, Canon, and Leica cameras) and processed
using imaging software (Capture One, Adobe Lightroom, and Photoshop). I use the
computer as a digital darkroom and I process my images for impact
through color correction, contrast adjustment, and cropping, (processing
similar to what has always been done by film photographers with
traditional techniques such as the use of filters, and dodging and
burning in the wet darkroom.) I print my images on Epson printers
using ultrachrome pigment inks and photographic papers rated to be fade-resistant
for anywhere from 60 years – 200 years.
All images, copy, and design are © Copyright 2003 - 2010, Ray Mickevicius. All rights reserved.