My name is Rhett, and I am a photographer specializing in film, infrared, and conceptual fine art photography. My art is a blend of the surreal and the day-to-day, a junction where dreams and reality walk hand-in-hand. My aim in photography is to find wonder and strangeness in the mundane and forgotten. I want my photographs to be an escape, for both myself and for those who view them. In an effort to further my craft, I recently started developing and scanning my own 35mm and medium format film, a process that is still evolving. My goal is to begin producing even more conceptual, surrealist photography and push myself as an artist. I am also a father of four, a husband, an educator, and an aspiring writer.
My photos have been featured in several journals and magazines, including Allegory Ridge, Abstract Magazine, deLuge Journal, Dream Pop Press, Bracken, and Aji Magazine. My Instagram handle is @framedfox. If you see any photographs there you would like to purchase, let me know, and I'll add them to my listings.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Surreal, Experimental, Dreamlike
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I am intrigued by the idea that you can exist in a place for most of your life and yet still find fresh influences and inspirations. I will often return to the same subjects and scenes time and again. It's interesting how the same place can feel completely new and different each time you photograph it.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
My creative process involves fusing observation with an overactive imagination and letting it all run wild. Sometimes, I will set out looking for a particular mood, subject, composition, etc. Other times, I will simply see what the world has to offer. I try to trick my mind into seeing how a scene would look edited in a particular way. My conceptual work involves a good deal of brainstorming and refining. I will often sketch scenes I want to capture and let the idea crystallize from there. For film photography, there are also the technical aspects of the process, such as developing and scanning, and I enjoy the physical, homemade connection to the medium.
Where do you draw inspiration?
In equal parts, I draw inspiration from the weight of reality and the levity of dreams.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
A while back I came across a Rumi quote that read Love is the bridge between you and everything. That stuck with me, and I try to carry that in my every day life, as well as my creative ventures.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I can't pin down one particular song, artist, or genre, but I do have an 18-hour long (and growing) playlist that I listen to when working on creative projects.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
More than likely, I can be found at home with my family, procrastinating.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I enjoy the summer, as it allows me to really dive into my creative ventures. The clouds and foliage also seem to be glorious during the summer months. However, I think most people would agree those first few weeks of crisp autumn air are glorious as well.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I collect and restore typewriters. I have around 30 or so. I've lost count, which could be an issue.