October 2, 2020
NOT MAN APART
Know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful...
the wholeness of life and things,
the divine beauty of the universe.
Love that, not man apart from that...
- Robinson Jeffers
I try to leave room for the unanticipated...
when I leave some loose threads and don't quite perfect things,
I find more opportunity to approach my own work as a viewer,
to question and be questioned. R. Belcher
Ray is one of the few photographers today who still utilizes the black and white silver gelatin printing process. His silver gelatin prints are notoriously difficult to create and he does so with a mastery of his craft. All of his photographs are done in black and white. He is primarily a landscape photographer and has lived in, and been inspired by New Mexico since he arrived. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the mid 70s from California where he had already begun making a name for himself as a photographer. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant at that time. “When I got here in 1976, there were only about 20 people who identified themselves as photographers, including Ernest Knee, Eliot Porter, Beaumont Newhall, Paul Caponigro, etc.”
The fine art photography of Ray Belcher can be seen in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, the Santa Fe Photo Archive, the New Mexico Photo Archives, the University Art Museum at the University of New Mexico as well as numerous private and corporate collections.
Ray Belcher "Not Man Apart" Copyright © Ray Belcher