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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

HAROLD MCCRAY

HAROLD MCCRAY

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Artist Work

The Round Falls
1996
Photography
16 x 18 framed

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I have been living in Baltimore for nearly 20 years. As fine art photographer, I have found inspiration in the inner cities for many of my subjects. My interest in ordinary people and especially children present a special amount of intrigue for me. In addition, I have found the richness of Baltimore's architecture another influence in my work. Baltimore feeds my creative soul, I focus on my immediate surroundings where I happen to be at the time. I don't want to miss out on the beauty around us--whether evolved from nature or made by human effort. I appreciate the complex interweaving between the individual, society and the environment. I find that cities are ideal for working artists because they provide a rich array of creative resources. Recently, I have found my city garden as another rich source for my creativity. Blog: www.haroldemccray.com/ArtistInTheKitchen Occasionally, I write for local publications, and more recently I have started blogging about my city garden. I maintain that images can be more uplifting than words, but an image captured in a photograph is transporting, and goes beyond the written word. My favorite medium is black and white because it renders for me an ethereal quality for the subject. This medium forces me to exercise my imagination and bring me closer to my poetic vision--to see patterns, meanings, and emotion beneath the surface of ordinary things. My work is represented in several important collections. I have been a curator of several juried photography shows and have served as an officer and board member of several art organizations.I have been living in Baltimore for nearly 20 years. As fine art photographer, I have found inspiration in the inner cities for many of my subjects. My interest in ordinary people and especially children present a special amount of intrigue for me. In addition, I have found the richness of Baltimore's architecture another influence in my work. Baltimore feeds my creative soul, I focus on my immediate surroundings where I happen to be at the time. I don't want to miss out on the beauty around us--whether evolved from nature or made by human effort. I appreciate the complex interweaving between the individual, society and the environment. I find that cities are ideal for working artists because they provide a rich array of creative resources. Recently, I have found my city garden as another rich source for my creativity. Blog: www.haroldemccray.com/ArtistInTheKitchen Occasionally, I write for local publications, and more recently I have started blogging about my city garden. I maintain that images can be more uplifting than words, but an image captured in a photograph is transporting, and goes beyond the written word. My favorite medium is black and white because it renders for me an ethereal quality for the subject. This medium forces me to exercise my imagination and bring me closer to my poetic vision--to see patterns, meanings, and emotion beneath the surface of ordinary things. My work is represented in several important collections. I have been a curator of several juried photography shows and have served as an officer and board member of several art organizations.I have been living in Baltimore for nearly 20 years. As fine art photographer, I have found inspiration in the inner cities for many of my subjects. My interest in ordinary people and especially children present a special amount of intrigue for me. In addition, I have found the richness of Baltimore's architecture another influence in my work. Baltimore feeds my creative soul, I focus on my immediate surroundings where I happen to be at the time. I don't want to miss out on the beauty around us--whether evolved from nature or made by human effort. I appreciate the complex interweaving between the individual, society and the environment. I find that cities are ideal for working artists because they provide a rich array of creative resources. Recently, I have found my city garden as another rich source for my creativity. Blog: www.haroldemccray.com/ArtistInTheKitchen Occasionally, I write for local publications, and more recently I have started blogging about my city garden. I maintain that images can be more uplifting than words, but an image captured in a photograph is transporting, and goes beyond the written word. My favorite medium is black and white because it renders for me an ethereal quality for the subject. This medium forces me to exercise my imagination and bring me closer to my poetic vision--to see patterns, meanings, and emotion beneath the surface of ordinary things. My work is represented in several important collections. I have been a curator of several juried photography shows and have served as an officer and board member of several art organizations.

Artist Bio

The creative process of seeing an image,” says Harold, “has changed me.” This experience has increased his gratitude and happiness in ways that only the heart comprehends. His photographic collection of ordinary things has widened his appreciation of objects that frequently go unnoticed. “Often the discovery of an image,” he says, “happens when you let go, allowing the image to reveal itself to you.” It is an adventure that leads to many new findings. Ordinary things, especially those found in the inner cities, have been and continue to present a special amount of intrigue for Harold. This special fondness for the eclectic — whether evolved from nature or made by human effort, has resulted in images from dissimilar locations. His ability to see color and his continued interest in the painterly perspective is well represented in several of his images: Carrots and Rain. Harold made the transition from working in the corporate world, to starting his own business and medical consulting firm. A seasoned professional, he has lived and traveled widely, observing, studying and developing his visual ability. As an undergraduate at Amherst College, Harold’s interest in how the written word affects our senses gave rise to finding his poetic voice in his photography. He has discovered that the images that words create can be uplifting, but images captured in photographs are transporting, going beyond the written words. In pursuit of a vocation, Harold decided to postpone pursuing this passion, seeking instead a career in business by enrolling in MIT -- Sloan School of Management, earning an MBA in Industrial Relations and Finance. His business degree has afforded him the flexibility to find employment in various parts of the country while continuing his interest in photography. As with earlier shows, the artist includes photographic work depicting various scenes, and this year he is showing his portrait. Harold‘s vision is unique, but he gives proper credit to the development of his technique to the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, a nationally known school for career photographers. He has been active in several professional organizations including the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) -- a trade organization of photographers; the Maryland Federation of Art which promotes regional artists. His photographs are displayed at several Corporate offices; the front covers of Onliness, a collection of poetry by Leiza Brown; and local restaurants and the offices of several doctors.