Life from the Ruins

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso

Amber had change thrust on her in a big way. Little did she know a year ago that a storm of change was brewing with her name on it. Through it all, she has become a woman capable of far more than she would have ever imagined.

The burned out remains of this space seemed the perfect place to create a series of images of Amber. There are many metaphors about this space and how it relates to her life, but I will leave those discoveries to you, the viewer.

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. amber

    well, my friend, i’m so incredibly touched that you asked me to be a part of this project. you are an incredible, inspirational artist, a great friend, and truly my personal hero.

    the photos turned out amazing.

    thank you so much…for everything.

  2. Randy

    Thanks CA! Amber has found great strength in herself through this process of change. You know her story as well as I do. Thanks for the comment, it makes this whole journey worthwhile! 🙂


  3. Sarah

    Wow Randy…just wow.

    I skipped reading the title of your post in my hurry to get to the images and found myself thinking as I was looking “I love how he brought life to these ruins”. Very apt description…

  4. Mat Hayward

    These photo’s are stunning! Truly beautiful. You are an inspirational photographer Randy.


  5. Tammy

    Amazing! As always.

  6. David Barss

    Hey Randy I went to your website to get your number to give you a call and thought I would stop by your blog to see what you have been up to and wanted to let you know the shots of your client in the run down scene are very cool, nice work. If you don’t mind me asking where is the scene at?

    Take care and keep up the cool work.

  7. Gary Canazzi

    I agree with Sarah, WOW! These are absolutely amazing. I love your use of the extreme wide angle lens. These shots make good justification for me to buy one for myself.

  8. Panji Nushantara

    I think #7 and #8 capture and convey the story you most want to tell.

    As Amber stepping out of her past (the darker reflection in water and all the ruin) and looking into the (brighter) future.

    Good work!

  9. Mark

    Randy, great images!

    And the way you write is really inspiring, too–deep and positive stuff. 🙂

  10. Neil vN

    Randy .. stunning photos of a very beautiful woman.

    There’s this duality – in a sense you had it easy, working with Amber .. but there was also the challenge of matching up to the possibilities that photographing someone like Amber would offer.

    You did great. And I love your writing.
    That ease of writing and fluency is something I’d love to incorporate in my own writing. I’m envious. 🙂


  11. Larry B

    Really strong images. I love the contrast/lighting. And the saturation is so rich. Really amazing post-processing work. And the image composition is compelling.

  12. Jennifer

    Number 3 is the strongest image. I like it because it seems to say that she can now take on anything. The background unclear, but she is sharp and focuses. I like this one the best. What is your favorite?

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