Artist StatementI find musicians to be very interesting subjects for my photography. I especially like to capture Jazz musicians during performances. My favorite shots are the moments captured during a jazz solo in the middle of an improvised riff. I seek to capture the artists intensity while lost in the creation of music that will never be played again the same way. I am also very moved by the serenity of nature shots that promote and overwhelming sense of tranquilty. Current technology allows me to modify some of my photos so I can create a piece in the way that I see it. And this is powerful!
Raymond’s journey as an artist began as both a musician and photographer at the famous Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland. His earliest work in Black and White 35 mm photography collided with his love for instrumental music when he did a series of portrait photos of fellow band members during his senior year in 1973. This experience helped Raymond realize his knack for capturing captivating moods and expressions in his work and was further inspired by the fact that so many people purchased pictures from this series and continue to buy them today. Years later, Raymond’s passion for emerging technology brought him back, again, to combining his love of photography and music. He embraced the new world of digital cameras and software tools to capture and transform his works from what the camera simply saw, to what he wanted to see. Raymond was drawn to capture pictures of musicians in action because of the intensity and passion of their expressions. He is especially intrigued by Jazz musicians because the improvisational nature of jazz brings even more dimension and intensity to the faces of the musicians. Raymond also enjoys the serenity of nature scenes and enjoys enhancing them with vibrant, brilliant colors beyond the capacity of the naked eye. Raymond’s Solo Exhibitions include: 2009 Jazz is Freedom; Freedom is Jazz, Voyages Gallery at THRIVE, Columbia MD 2009 Jazz is Freedom; Freedom is Jazz, Coco’s Butter Café, Jessup MD Some of his donated work to nonprofit organizations, like The Links Inc., has raised more than $1,000 through auctions at nonprofit events.