Trips to the new National Gallery of Victoria with his father started Richard’s interest in art, and his father’s photographs of the lost time of early childhood drew him to photography. Plus X black and white was the first roll of film he exposed when he was 12. Tri-X was the staple once he had his own camera.
He has kept with black and white over the years, mixed with colour negative and slide film for family and holidays, and eventually digital.
Since his late 40s he has pursued photography more seriously, and he has carried a camera to work every day and takes it on his walk at lunchtime. Strong forms or other delights hidden in the everyday, and the revelations of unique light are what he pursues mainly. Just being out with a camera, considering the light and being alert to what might be seen is often satisfaction enough. His most recently acquired camera, in regular use, is 83 years old.
The magical, bright days of autumn are one of the strange secrets that even Melburnians seem to be surprised by each year. The large public gardens are remarkable for their unpeopled quiet, even now in the 21st century. The spirit of an optimistic, booming Marvellous Melbourne of the late nineteenth century survives in her architecture, with its half-forgotten theories about streetscapes enhanced by the play of light and shadow.