About The Artist

Raffaele Reade is a photographer from southern California. Born in 1996, introduced to photography in 2000, and used his first DSLR in 2010. Raffaele has been making photographs ever since, and currently focuses on macro photography and photography inspired by the styles of Wes Anderson, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Amy Caterina, and Donna Cosentino.

Previous works of Raffaele Reade have been included in student publications such as "The Telescope" newspaper, and the literary journal "Bravura." Some of Raffaele's photographs have been published in various other magazines.

Raffaele Reade received an Associate's of Science degree in Photography in 2018 from Palomar College in San Marcos, California. Also received were certificates of proficiency in Photography and Commercial Photography. Currently enrolled in California State University of Monterey Bay, in Marina, California, studying for a degree in Visual and Public Arts.

Artist's Statement

Curiosity is the the key to exploration within the world and our minds. My work as a photographer is an exploration of my curiosity and my desire to share my intrigue with others in hopes to spark wonder within them. I work with my camera, and it works with me. Together we create images that I hope to share with others, as work that I am proud of, and will leave my audience feeling better for having experienced it. To achieve this, most of my work is simple and colorful. Bright primary colors are prominent, with attention to create pleasant compositions. Keeping my subjects away from the edge of the frame creates a sense of balance within my work. Balance, which I believe to be, is the most important facet of life. To create balance within my composition is to create an image that is easy to observe.

My work often is of a unique perspective. I like to utilize vantage points, or camera lenses that show a subject in a different way than what many are used to. Using close up shots, and getting “too close” to a subject is something I do in my work to support this. By getting closer to my subjects and looking for new angles to take pictures from allows me to create my images. My own perspective is something I wish to share with others, and I attempt to recreate what I see and feel within my photographs. My curiosity is easily sparked, and perhaps if I can share my own curiosity in my work, I can foster curiosity and wonder within the hearts of others.