Fine Art

Honorable mention, New York Center for Photographic Arts, Primary Colors Exhibition

I am honored to announce that my image, “Feeling Groovy”, was selected by juror, Stephen Perloff, as honorable mention for the New York Center for Photographic Arts, 2019, Primary Colors exhibition. There were a total of 46 images selected for the exhibition out of almost 1000 images submitted.

This image is very dear to me as it was created in my home town of Portland, Oregon back in 2012. The image was juried into my first group gallery exhibition in 2014, at the Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and it received my first international recognition, being granted honorable mention, for the Prix de la photographie Paris competition in 2014.

I remember at the time, thinking it was just a fluke that my work received these acknowledgements. I felt very out of place being new to the photographic art world. My mentor at the time, Joni Kabana, kept saying that this was just the beginning for me, and it was not an accident. She said I had talent, and that she could see good things for me in my future. I had a hard time fully believing that, yet she kept encouraging me to continue to follow my passion as a photographer, create new work, and keep putting myself out there. I am grateful for her belief in me, and her ongoing support and encouragement. Since that time, I have won international awards for my work and been in several exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

December 2018, I retired from my 34 year career as a registered nurse, and moved to the south of France to live my dream of being a full-time fine art and portrait photographer. Since that time, many doors have opened for me here in France. I have the most amazing group of friends, and the amount of love and support I feel is incredible. This place inspires me to be my very best, and to be open to trust and allow good things to happen. I am no longer doubting myself. I believe all things are possible, and that I can live my life as an artist. Life is good!

It is interesting to me how the events of our lives are so interconnected. We don’t always understand the deeper meaning of our experiences, or where they are leading us. But, I do believe that everything happens for a reason, and in time, it will be revealed.

As I was looking at the images that were chosen for the 2019 Primary Colors exhibition, I noticed that, my mentor and friend, Joni Kabana, had one of her images selected as honorable mention. What a lovely surprise to see her image in the same exhibition! For me, it was another beautiful message from the universe confirming that I am on the right path, and showing me how far I have come since 2014. Back then, I could never image I would be where I am now. It is a good lesson in trusting, allowing, and listening to the people around you, and saying, “thank you for believing in me”, even when you are not sure you are worthy of the compliments.

To check out all the wonderful images selected for the exhibition, click on this link. https://www.nyc4pa.com/primary-colors-2019 It is such and honor to be amongst these photographers!

Finally, If you, or anyone you know, is traveling to the south of France and would like to have unique and beautiful portraits made with me, contact me soon. I have my calendar ready to go for the upcoming season, and I am expecting to be quite busy here in beautiful Provence, France.

Feeling Groovy, 2013

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Interiors Exhibition, at Jadite Gallery in Manhattan, NY, April 2016

I am very honored to have had my photo, "Ryder", selected by juror Stephen Perloff, to be included in the New York Center For Photographic Arts "Interiors" exhibition.  25 photographs, out of 750 submissions, were chosen for the exhibition, which will be held at the Jadite Gallery, in midtown Manhattan, on April 19-30th, 2016.  I am thrilled to be part of this show!

This photo is part of a series, on which I am working, that involves classic cars and 50's fashion, both of for which I have an obsession.  The model in the photo, Sara Kelsay, is the owner of this beautiful, 1961 Plymouth Fury, and the adorable little guy is her son, Ryder.  She restored this car on her own.  She is an inspiration!  I met her at a classic car show and instantly felt a connection to her.  Sara and her son Ryder were really a delight to work with.  

I learned from this shoot not to be afraid to ask people for use of their property in an artistic way.  I have found that most folks are very happy to be part of a creative process.  When I thought of this concept, I noticed a very cool old Craftsman style home, in Canby, Oregon, which I felt would be the perfect for the shoot.  So, I approached the homeowner bravely and she instantly gave me permission to photograph on her property.

Here is one more image that shows the full scene where I did the shoot.

Hair and make-up by the always amazing Michele Wade!

60's Mod Shoot

Check out the photos, and video from my most recent shoot for my series, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".  This was another fun family collaboration.  My son, Tyler Verigin, filmed and produced the video.  His partner, Sarah Q was my beautiful model.  My sister, Michele Wade, did an amazing job with the hair and makeup.  The music is from Portland band, Moon By You.  Tyler is the drummer and Sarah is lead singer and guitarist.  Our family friend, Ben Braden worked very hard as my assistant.  We had such a great time creating these images. Enjoy!

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Do you want to see what goes on behind the scenes?  Check out this video. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=659126190829792&set=vb.158442534231496&type=2&theater

Check out Moon By You's new CD, Vacuum Dream Machine, at  www.moonbyyou.bandcamp.com

To see more of Michele's work go to her FB page,  www.facebook.com/mwadehair4u

PDX Photo Month Exhibit

I am pleased to announce that my photo "Be Happy" was accepted into the PDX Photo Month Exhibit, at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, curated by Chris Bennett.  This photo is  from  my series, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". Artist reception April 12th 6-9pm.  You won't want to miss this exhibit, April 12th through May 6th.

Hairstylist: Michele Wade Models: Malia Rodgers, and Abigail Van Horn Set Design Assistant:  Justine Verigin

If you want to see more photos from my "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" series, check out my website at www.rainastinsonphotography.com