We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Gary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Richard, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My family always exposed me to art. When I was about 12 years of age, I thought about architecture although I had no idea of what that entailed. Luckily, I stumbled on photography in my middle school years and it was a love. I am definitely much more of a visual person than anything else.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I became interested in photography pretty early. I started just by taking pictures of what was around me in the neighborhood I grew up in along the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia. I then became interested in the images I saw in magazines and wanted to challenge myself to that type of work so I relocated to NYC to become an assistant. I don’t think it’s necessary to assist but I learn faster when I work under skilled professionals. Under some of the best photographers in the city, I sharpened my skills so I could work in the editorial and advertising fields. I have always just wanted to create good work and I still get a high every time I see my ideas go from imagination to an actual image.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
DIA Beacon Art Center (Beacon, NY)
Storm King Art Center (New Windsor NY)
Lodger Restaurant (Newburgh, NY)
Hudson Taco (Newburgh, NY)
Hiking Mt. Beacon (Beacon NY)
Museum of Modern Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of Art
Raines Law Room (speakeasy)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A shoutout goes to my mother who exposed me to as much as she knew and for her all-in support of my photography. And of course my wife, who is also a creative, and her constant love and support.