An Independence Day story of Ramona du Houx’s Summer Stroll and how water became fire

Summer Stroll

Summer Stroll

Portland, Maine is just a marvelous city to walk around in, with miles of paths for bikes, walkers, runners. With the ocean lapping against the shore, parks, and trees still reaching higher than some buildings nature has been embraced and identified as a part of what makes this small city great. Most of the architecture dates back to the 1800’s and there is even an observatory on Monjoy Hill that was built by merchants to literally watch their “ships come in” –to port. It’s the only one of its kind left in the Americas.

I’d come to town for the Forth of July and was geared up to take, of course, the fireworks. But I was looking for something different, something to define the sense of liberty all around me. I decided to take a stroll on the Eastern Promenade. . Smiles abounded, kids played hide and seek around bushes and trees, elderly couples put out their chairs next to lovers camped out on blankets, all choosing perfect locations for them to view the firework display. Continue reading

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The magic of ships inspires in the story of the photograph, Sails, by Ramona du Houx

Sails

Sails

With Sails I wanted to express how it feels to ride the wind.

On a bright day, last summer, I went to the Rockland Parade of Sails, to attempt to translate, with my art, the magic windjammers under full sail transmit. Walking towards the water’s edge I was immediately struck by that sense of awe as a schooner caught the wind and effortlessly sped by. Even though, on the shore all the ships were over a mile in the the distance a rush went through my being at the sight. Frantically, I switched my lens to a 85 – 200mm zoom, doing so my mind helped to calm me, telling me, “Don’t worry the show has just began, they’ll be doing this for sometime.”

Taking some deep breaths I noticed I wasn’t the only one under the mystic spell of the ships. A girl with a dragon tattoo just stared at them with her mouth open. Finally, she uttered,”radical.” An elderly couple squeezed their hands tighter as they both gazed out to sea and I wondered what timeless connection with these great vessels they both might be thinking about. A boy around ten years old tugged at this mother’s sleeve exploring her to get closer. She too was transfixed on the ships. I took my cue from the excited youth and started my trek on the stone causeway that led to a lighthouse a mile out in the harbor, where we all could get a better view. Continue reading

du Houx limited edition signed prints

arrow222I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence.

Scientists, innovators, and inventors throughout history took the time to observe nature and her connective rhythms. But now society plugs us into the Internet, and while that can open doors, sometimes too much of being Internet-connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world that are transformational. I want to help show how nature’s interconnectedness can lead us to discoveries about our world and ourselves.

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Sometimes when people look deeply into these images, they relax and find a tranquil place in the soul, as one would by taking time to be at peace in nature. At other times, the photographs can refresh, excite, and energize one’s soul, as if one were standing by a waterfall. The images have been said to be dreamlike, healing, Zen meditative, inspiring and thought provoking.

My technique uses movement to create a sense of wonder through colors, textures, memories, and the seasons. Everything within the viewfinder becomes visibly interconnected when objects merge with the motion of the camera as the image, the “lightgraph,” is taken.

Putting the images into categories was extremely challenging as everything is interconnected. Please enjoy the work and check back for more additions regularly added. All images are limited editions for sale and represent over 35 years of work.

TO VIEW: Please click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the art work.

 

Nature reveals herself

 

There are no boundaries in nature, with everyone and everything interconnected. Where a river stops cannot be defined, nor can the end of the sky. In my lightgraphs no objects have clearly defined borders as they merge their core essences together creating visual abstracts of light.

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The art of Ramona du Houx is available in limited edition prints

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With my technique of painting with the camera I mainly want to bring the beauty and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. It has been said that some of the images can take someone on a dream like journey and uplift one’s soul with inspiration. That is one of my objectives. The work resembles watercolors with details one can only obtain with a camera.

I’ve exhibited my work from Tokyo, to London and New York City. I believe art should be affordable and accessible.

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Nature revels itself

To purchase any limited edition print of 5 please go here.

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The art and the artist

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“I’ve been in love with photography since I was twelve. In college I took the apprentice route with different New York photographers, which led to working as a political photographer while pursuing fine art photography.

“The relationship between people around the world with their natural surroundings is a continuing theme of mine. The resilience of the human spirit emerges in amazing ways. Continue reading

Find Ramona du Houx’s lightgraph photo you are looking for

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Nature is complex yet incredibly logical. In order for science to understand this complexity and to discover more about the natural world they developed categories, aware that many subjects would overlap.

In order for the artist in me to understand more about my art I needed a way to identify why I am attracted to certain subjects. Creating categories, that too overlap, has enabled me to understand more about my art.

I’ve attempted to display my work with the following categories: Continue reading