Douglas RossPhotographer Male Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
My Website: Numinous - The Art of Douglas RossMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/numinous
Mayhem # 1004286
More of my work on www.dougrossart.com
I am a painter and sculptor who has been using a camera all my life to gather visual reference. Twelve years ago I began to use my camera as an art making tool and along with some very simple software to make mythic and surreal images. I work in close collaboration with the men and women that I photograph. To get the best work, I feel that both photographer and model need to actively participate in the making of the work. For me collaboration means making images informed by a model's personality, interests and life experiences. I'm interested in creating a contemporary mythic iconography that looks at life's most important aspects: birth, love, betrayal, triumph over adversity, mystery, growth, grief, wonder, ecstacy and death. I'm interested in working towards a model's strengths, whatever they may be: presence, movement, expression, body language, imagination, style etc. Wherever possible, I prefer to start with a few hours of exploration and a (paid) test shoot. If sufficiently exciting common ground is found in this initial session, I usual aim to work with someone several times within a fairly short period to "rehearse", improvise and innovate until we create a small body of imaginative and stunning work.
I do not believe in asking models to work for free. I will always book a minimum three hour shoot and pay for travel expenses. When finished artwork is ready, I will always provide a fine art print to the model. When work is published, I will provide a copy of the book or magazine to the model. What I hope for in return is a genuine interest in making meaningful and beautiful work and the commitment that goes with that.
I have photographed over 80 men and women from 26 nationalities. I am always open to interesting proposals from both within Ireland and abroad. International collaborations can work very successfully if there is a commitment to exchanging ideas by internet and phone in advance of the shoot.
The work that we will produce together is for exhibition in art galleries and museums (currently mainly in Italy and North America), art publications and art/photography websites.
Solo show, Gora Gallery, Montreal, February 2007
Kunstforum International Awards, Perugia, Italy, October 20 - November 3, 2007
Fotobild, Berlin , November 8-12, 2007
Microsoft Collection, Dublin, November 26-30, 2007
Spirit - The Spirit in Art , Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy, November 10-18, 2007
Florence Biennale December 1-9th, 2007
Peace and Art, Horta, Azores, January 2008
Top 40, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, April 2008
Little Treasures, De'Marchi Gallery, Bologna, May 2008
Cosmic Consciousness, Ico Gallery, New York, September 2008.
Real, Ico Gallery, New York, November 2008
Traces of Memory, Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy, November 2008
Solus Gallery, Leitrim (Solo), August 2009.
Little Tresures, De'Marchi Gallery, Bologna, May 2010.
Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, June 2011.
Negative Exposure, Dublin, November 2011.
Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, March 2012.
Effetto Biennale, Merida, Mexico, March 2012.
Liberated Dreams, Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy, April 2012.
Masters of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy, December 2012.
Featured in the following publications : ArtTour International - Cover and Feature, October 2012; Rage (Montreal); New York Arts; Con-Fine (Italian art magazine), Art Journal (Italy), Tribeca Tribune (New York.)
KunstforumInternational Awards, 2007, Photography.
Premio Ercol D'Este, Ferrara 2008.
Finalist (3 photos) in 2013 Photoshoot Awards, Maternity category. Model: River Harley.
Category winner (Humour) and Silver (Emotion) plus three merits in 2014 Photoshoot Awards.