Rich Demanowski - Photographs

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About Rich Demanowski - Photographs

There is wisdom to be found in the way children approach the world, and I think sometimes - nay, often - we "grownups" need to be reminded of how much our kids have to teach us.

The different and sometimes contradictory aspects of kids' lives and personalities are fascinating - their energetic joyousness vs. their quiet contemplation; their seemingly perpetual motion vs. their capacity for stillness; the reckless abandon with which they can flit through their surroundings while seemingly not noticing anything vs. the deep, concentrated fascination they can have with something as commonplace as a dandelion.

Children have so much more to offer us than what the idealized and romanticized cultural definition of the word "childhood" would indicate - they have so much more depth of feeling and reasoning, so much more breadth of expression.

I want to explore that with them.

I believe ...

... that an honest portrait is not just of a person, it needs to be about the person. It should strip away the artificial, the masks, and the distractions, leaving behind the individual and their life, their energy, their passion ... their soul - and that doesn't often happen in a studio, gussied up in "Sunday best".

... that life is getting up from naptime with mussed-up hair, rolling around on the floor with the pets, jumping in mud puddles, and giving your younger brother noogies. It's wearing your favorite pair of ratty jeans with holes in the knees. It's being comfortable.

That's why I want to make photographs with your kids on location. It can be any location at all, as long as it's special - to them. While many people choose to be photographed at home, we've also worked in parks, old churches, dilapidated barns, abandoned buildings, beaches ... the possibilities are endless.

"Why do you do it that way?", you ask ...

Many people ask "Why do you only do black and white?". The short answer is: "It removes distractions." The human eye is easily distracted by color; the abstractness of black and white removes the color, leaving only light, form and texture. As Ted Grant so eloquently put it: "If you're photographing in color, you show the color of their clothes - if you use black and white, you can show the color of their soul." - and finding the "color of their soul" is what my photography is all about.

I work primarily in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. I love to travel, though, so whether you're across the street, across the state, across the continent, or even "across the pond" ...

I'd love to make photographs with your family. Please contact me, and let's find a time to chat.

I look forward to meeting you.


16 Grove St
Dover, NH 03820

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Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. Yes.

As Henry Giroux so eloquently stated, "There is no difference between living and learning." You're either growing your you're dying.

I make it a point, at least once a year, to take a week or two to go somewhere like Santa Fe and study with the masters of my craft. I've been privileged to be mentored by the likes of Joyce Tenneson, Paul Elledge, Jock Sturges, and Frank Ockenfels, and I intend to continue learning from the best until the day I die.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. The most important thing when hiring someone to make portraits for you, is to be sure you love the work they've produced in the past.

You're going to be displaying these images in the most important place in the world - your home! - and you want to make sure you will absolutely LOVE them.

Therefore it is essential that you look at many photographers' work, and find someone whose style truly appeals to you - because chances are, they'll produce photographs very much like that for you. The ones that are the best at it are those who have a distinctive "look" to their imagery, and don't try to be all things to all people.

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