Westminster fine art photographer finds magic in the night sky and dawn – Baltimore Sun
Ryan Brown is a local fine art photographer living in rural Westminster. He has worked at book publisher Penguin Random House since 2019 as a customer service representative, managing independent bookstore accounts in the Midwest.
Brown took the standard art classes when he attended Franklin High School in Reisterstown, with no outstanding skill, other than having an eye for style and color. He has always been surrounded by artists and artists. His brothers Ralph and Russell are illustrators.
“My dear late friend Carlos Batts, who passed away in 2012, was also a professional Reisterstown photographer,” Brown said. “He had a very big influence in my life.”
identifier. Batts inspired Brown said Batts inspired him to take risks with art and not be afraid. Ryan didn’t start creating art and music until he was an adult.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Brown made music as a DJ. At that time, he was living in downtown Baltimore and working for Henry Wong, owner of An die Musik, a highly respected and intimate classical and jazz music space on Charles Street. Since An die Musik is just down the street from the Peabody Conservatory, students frequented it often.
Brown met a Peabody student, Jay Seay, a trumpeter.
“He and I started dating and making music together. It was a mix of music including hip hop, improvised jazz and fusion rock,” Brown said. met Greg Gaither, another musician who played bass.”
They formed a band called AudioFix and between 2000 and 2006 they played shows in Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, including local festivals such as Artscape and the Charles Village Festival. They have recorded three CDs, one of which was recorded live at An die Musik.
After getting married in 2008, Brown and his wife moved to Westminster. At the same time, he begins to take pictures.
Brown worked at the Walters Art Museum for 17 years. There, he was able to meet a lot of people and see all the exhibits. He also had the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes activities on a daily basis.
While working for the Walters, Brown was able to study different art forms, styles, and mediums. He started choosing what he liked, preferring classical art like Renoir, Picasso and Klimt.
In 2016, after having two daughters, Brown and his wife separated. Meanwhile, his wife Tere suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed.
“I was under a lot of pressure and stress, and I was scared for my family’s future,” Brown said.
After almost two years in the hospital, Brown’s wife was finally ready to go home,
“I had decided then that keeping our family together was paramount,” Brown said.
He tracked her down, returned to Westminster and is now her carer.
“When you are a caregiver, everything changes; you develop new insecurities, new routines, new vices. You question yourself, your level of empathy,” Brown said. “You sacrifice something every day.”
These life transitions gave Brown time to look more closely at the clouds and take more photos. He studied his photographs from previous years. He watched everything. Brown’s photography was about isolation and that was changing.
“My art wants to live. There is passion in the sky. The images came to life as I studied them. I found another world,” Brown said.
“During the pandemic, I was often at home and there were times when I stayed up all night. If the moon was full and there were clouds, I would go out and take pictures. These photos are among my favorites; there is something about moonlight. Nothing really resembles him. We are so busy driving, consuming, working, and the world is moving too, the sky is constantly changing. I’m just catching a moment in time.
He started to develop series of photos. One is called “Deities” because the images look like divine figures in the sky. The “Nocturnal” series consists of images of the moon and clouds.
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“I like to shoot at night and early in the morning,” Brown said. “Catching the rising sun can be so magical. The colors are beautiful at dawn.
Another series he is working on is called “Trees”. These images look like trees made of earth and industry. Brown decided to have his images printed on large canvases.
“I want to print them all. I want the public to see my photographs,” he said. “I think these are powerful images with great colors. I want people to want to decorate their homes with my prints.
“My art is my way of interacting with nature. The sky is a great model. There is still natural beauty there and to be able to capture a piece of it is very inspiring and uplifting. Finding something beautiful is important.
Brown is a member of the Carroll County Arts Council. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Lyndi McNulty is the owner of Gizmo’s Art in Westminster. His column, An Eye for Art, appears regularly in Life & Times.