constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary
I have always been fascinated by clouds, as I’m sure most people have been at one point in their life. As children we see bunny rabbits in them, maybe Abraham Lincoln’s profile or an alligator. As I grew older, though, I started to think more metaphysically about what I was looking at. Was I witnessing Creation itself? Or possibly the Apocalypse? Whatever I was witnessing it was awesome. I don’t like using the word awesome because it is so overused today by young people that its meaning has been diluted to the point where it means nothing, but I am truly in awe of all the science that has to happen for these cloud formations even to appear and to produce the beauty that results.
Richard Coda has been photographing since he was a teenager. In college, he fell in love with images made with large-format cameras. Starting with a 4"x5" view camera, he soon moved up to an 8"x10" camera and, most recently, has begun working with an 11"x14" camera. While he photographed landscapes early in his career, recently his work has focused on that which has been overlooked, forgotten, or looked at but not seen. He finds compositions where others see the ordinary, or nothing at all. While concentrating on black and white for most of his career, Richard has found a new love for color, using color as the subject, while still retaining his classical aesthetic for form, line, and tone.