About Rick Lang

Rick Lang, Documentary PhotographerIntroduction:
The primary motivation in my work comes from the idea that my interests and passions drive my photography. My interest in history, culture and travel gives reason to my work. When I am out for a day of photography I tend to drive around relying on the serendipity of the road to allow me to find my subjects. Having said that, I have to admit that I do have some idea of where I am going. Over the years I have developed a sixth sense looking at a map and seeing where good locations may likely be. I still use a DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer, as I find a GPS only tells you where the road is. When possible I plan my day so that I travel west in the morning, east in the afternoon and I prefer to travel north rather than south. This is not a hard fast rule, but it helps keep the sun to my back and allow me to see my subject with the light falling on it. I listen to the whims (one might refer to them as a muse) that sit on my shoulder and tell me that I should think about turning here or to turn back there. The key thing is not to think too much about where I go, as I just like to poke around.

My life in photography takes me in many different directions. First, I am a photographer who makes photographs in the traditions of documentary photography. For the past 22 years I have been a faculty member at Crealdé School of Art, though I have also taught at Daytona State College and Valencia College. For the past 16 years I served as the Director of Photography at Crealdé. I serve on the school’s gallery committee and curate one or two photography shows each year. While I was born in California, I have lived in Florida most of my 56 years. I did spend some time in North Carolina and Tennessee, which has given me an affinity for the South beyond Florida. My work has been exhibited throughout the Eastern United States, including the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, the Baldwin Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University and the Florida Museum of Arts and Culture.