Featured Artist A.E. Richardson

Conceptual artist A.E. Richardson presents a collection of digital photography that explores human emotion and experience. Visit her website to view more.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman and clocks by A.E. Richardson

“A Moment in Time” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

From as early as I can remember, there were pictures in my head. There were characters and scenes, dramatic in nature, which transcended the world around me.

 

Figurative digital photography of a woman by A.E. Richardson

“A Curious Mind” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

I woke up to these scenes, moved with them and fell asleep to their rocking each night.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman and a large rose by A.E. Richardson

“In Her Hands” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

Yet, the world that lived in my head stayed there, locked up and hidden. Buoyed by societal and family pressures, I fell into the old trap of secure and stable work and didn’t explore my artistic visions until well into my adulthood.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a reclining woman by A.E. Richardson

“A Blessed Life” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

This pause, however, has had a benefit. While my visions fell quiet, I pursued a career as a researcher. I earned a PhD in mental health epidemiology and spending years conducting studies on emotions and behavior. I eventually added coaching, helping people navigate their path to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

 

Conceptual digital photography about love by A.E. Richardson

“Love is in the Air” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

What I learned through these experiences ultimately impacted what would later be my art.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman with roses by A.E. Richardson

“What She Desires” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

This is what I found—there is a common theme for us all. We look through this narrow frame of our existence and see just a small sliver of ourselves and the world in which we live.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman with flowers by A.E. Richardson

“She Brings a Fire” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

We don’t realize it, but our frame is limited and sometimes damaging.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman with butterfly wings by A.E. Richardson

“A Murky Dawn” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

I want to change this frame. I want to both acknowledge the dark emotions we feel—despair, rejection, regret, hopelessness, hate—and explore how we can move beyond that darkness to find our own power and strength, to find a world that is welcoming and secure.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman and flowers by A.E. Richardson

“Surrender” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

Technically, I am a photographer, but my art is not so much in the photos as the scenes created and the stories told. I am drawn to the interplay between light and dark, negative and positive space, action and stillness.

 

Figurative digital photograph of a woman in a flowing pink gown by A.E. Richardson

“Release” Digital Photography, 20” x 20”

 

Everything is a balancing act, and I love to explore that balance and contrast. The theme of the dark background runs throughout my pictures, as they are a reminder that even in the bleakest and darkest of situations, one can always find their standing and can always look up and see the light.

 

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