Self-expression Is My Livelihood
Having always had a camera since my early teens I never considered it an artistic tool but rather just a box that recorded events. That dramatically changed when I enrolled in a 9 week introductory digital photography class at Doane College while pursuing my undergraduate degree. After the second class I was thoroughly inspired to create artistic images that have evolved into mostly unique perspectives and abstract elements from the urban environment.
When shooting in an urban setting, I’m looking to extract elements of a bigger scene that can stand alone as a creatively unique abstract but still be somewhat identifiable.
I’m drawn to repetition, strong contrast, and unique architectural shapes. When shooting in an urban setting, I’m looking to extract elements of a bigger scene that can stand alone as a creatively unique abstract but still be somewhat identifiable. Many of my images consist of buildings, urban infrastructure, or even industrial scenes that most of us see but don’t notice. One of my favorite subjects is street lamps and exterior building lights. I find them intriguing in that they are usually very streamlined, futuristic, and at times almost organic looking when photographed in a unique perspective. Being able to photograph and edit something as mundane as a street light into a creatively distinct image that engages the viewer gives me great satisfaction.
Ultimately, my photography is an outlet for self-expression that alleviates many of the daily pressures of life. My artistic process has three stages beginning with the adventure of exploring and photographing an environment, followed by the euphoria of finding a unique image, and finally the reaction of family and friends viewing my image for the first time. Photography has allowed me to view my environment in a unique way that make me more appreciative of architects, engineers, and construction workers who build and maintain our infrastructure. In extracting small elements of the urban fabric I hope that others can enjoy these unique perspectives in a dual capacity as works of art and their intended function.
Ron Quick has lived in Lincoln for almost 30 years. He is married to Melissa Quick and together they have a daughter Finnley. When not pursuing photography Ron enjoys walking his two rescued Greyhounds Fancy & Jersey. Ron is currently employed at Lincoln Surgical Hospital and has recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Management last month from Doane College. Click to see more of Ron Quick’s work.