We are thrilled to be connecting with Lu Ross again. Lu is a fine art photographer, a digital artist and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Lu below.
Hi Lu, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
Lu Ross Photography Inc. is a fine art business with a primary emphasis on nature and its healing power. My art is representational as well as abstract and it’s meant to preserve fleeting moments of peace, serenity, and beauty found in nature. The artistic process is a fusion of photography and digital art painting techniques.
My mission is to inspire the audience to become more connected to nature and to provide fine art that will improve their surroundings and emotional quality of life. I create peaceful environments with images of nature that will calm, reduce stress, and improve health.
As a company, I promote nature conservation by collaborating with organizations such as GIVE BACK TO NATURE by planting trees through my art sales. I also partner with NATURE FIRST and promote their seven core principles on how to enjoy nature photography responsibly.
What /who is the inspiration for your art? What drives you to create?
I have always had a deep love for nature so it is no surprise that it is the main inspiration for my art. The peace, calm, and beauty of the great outdoors, is one of my biggest inspirations. I normally shoot at sunrise or sunset, when colors peak in their vibrancy. I am inspired by the shifting light and colors during this time of day and how the light interacts with the landscape and the abstracts in nature. My representational work captures the instant where light, color, and composition converge creating a magical moment. My abstracts are meditative and intriguing. They are thought provoking and make you feel peaceful and calm. Collectors often comment on how my art brings real peace and tranquility to a room.
Impressionism has also been a big influence and inspiration for my photography. The Impressionists’ use of light, color, highlights, and shadows deeply resonated with me. As an artist, my inspirations include Claude Monet, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andreas Gursky, and Jackson Pollock.
I create art because I feel compelled to capture and share my love for nature. I want to inspire others to enhance their spiritual connection with nature, enjoy its serenity, and benefit from its healing power.
Do you offer photography lessons? Do you have photography tips and /or advice for beginners?
Yes, I offer private and semi-private photography lessons as well as portfolio reviews. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced photography. I cover the technical aspects of photography as well as composition and post-processing. Photography has a way of making you see the world differently and my goal is for the students to learn how to visually seek out artistic images rather than just document what they see.
Tips for beginners:
1. To create great photos, you need to understand your camera. Learn how to shoot on manual and thoroughly understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Understanding these tools will allow you to better convey your ideas.
2. Familiarize yourself with one lens at a time. Practice and see what it does.
3. There is no substitute for practice so go out and photograph as often as you can.
4. Create your own style and find a way to tell a story that is meaningful to you. You can study the masters but stay true to yourself.
5. Learning is a lifetime process so keep learning and stay up to date. Technology moves fast!
Do you have any projects for the future?
I strive to keep my passion for art and photography alive by creating new projects. I’m currently working in collaboration with Robert Esterley Designs in the creation of healing spaces and designing Serenity Rooms for both residential and commercial clients in the healing professions. The focus of the room will be the art piece(s) and as you enter you will be embraced by aromas, sounds, color, and light to evoke positive emotions. I’m looking forward to making my art available to a community that will greatly benefit from its healing power.
What is fine art photography?
Fine art photography is characterized by the artist’s approach to creating a unique piece of art. Unlike commercial photography or photojournalism, fine art photography is the artist’s pursuit of a personal interest. It is an art form and it doesn’t matter if the images are of abstracts, landscapes, wildlife, or portraits. The difference is that fine art photography is created with a specific intention and communicates a message. To create a great fine art photograph you must focus on using beautiful light, excellent composition, and captivating content. It should be visually appealing, have technical excellence and be conceptually engaging. Photography is just another art medium and as such it’s subject to the artist’s interpretation. Even though being in the field requires technical precision, the RAW image is merely the canvas from which to continue the creation. The use of post-processing tools can enhance the final piece by focusing on highlighting the intent and message in the image.
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels in the deepest sense about what is being photographed.”- Ansel Adams.
Does your art include other subject matter other than landscapes? Do you ever feel burned out?
My subject matter is nature and even though my main focus is landscapes, abstracts in nature are also included in my collection of work. I enjoy all types of nature photography such as wildlife, flowers, and intimate landscapes, which give me the variety and inspiration that I need to avoid burning out. By working on different projects I keep my work fresh and my passion for art alive. Creating books is an inspiration to continually pursue new ideas. I published my first book in 2019 and I’m currently working on the second.
What do you enjoy besides photography and digital art?
I love traveling, exploring the world, and spending time outdoors. I really enjoy skiing, hiking, and sailing. When I need some quiet time I enjoy reading, music, and meditation.
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
I am collaborating with the “Giving Back To Nature” project who has partnered with “The Eden Projects” to help plant ONE MILLION TREES. If you would like to help please visit: https://lurossphotography.com/give-back-to-nature-project/
I partner with NATURE FIRST and promote their seven core principles on how to enjoy nature photography responsibly. For more information please visit: https://www.
- Website: https://lurossphotography.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuRossPhotography/
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lurossphotography/
- Other: 1. Lu Ross Photography – Google Search: http://bit.ly/3tTkzBy
2. Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/LuRossPhotography/_saved/
3. Purchase art to contribute to the Mojave National Preserve Artist Foundation at: https://www.mojaveair.org/product-category/lu-ross/