Touching Light Photography and Woodinville, Washington based photographer Richard Mitchell focus on capturing the intimate beauty and grand landscapes of nature, and on bringing to light stunning nightscapes that only become visible when the cloak of day is withdrawn to reveal the magnificent backdrop of our galaxy at night.
Touching Light is all about capturing ephemeral beauty of earth’s magical light shows and living creatures that touch our heart and soul. Touching Light is also about a moment captured and revealed in a spectacular image so tangible it can almost be touched – to evoke again the emotion of a moment in nature that made your heart sing – a photo that can remind you of what you felt when as a child each time you opened your heart and mind to the miracle of sky and earth. It is about rendering imagination in a tangible form, painting with light.
As a photographer, it is my hope that my images touch your heart, make your imagination swell, make you relive a touching moment in the past. It is my hope that you will find that my photographs can help bring the outside in, bring you closer to nature, make you want to go out into the world to see it in its true colors.
How did I get here? Where did I begin? How old is that picture of you on the left??
I have wanted to capture the beauty of this world since first holding a Kodak Brownee camera purchased for 50 cents when in 3rd grade (bought with a coupon off of a box of Nestle's Quik.
By 6th grade, I’d acquired my first 35mm film camera, a Kodak Retinette, with a fixed focal length lens, 4 shutter speeds, and apertures from f/2.8 to f/22, and I was busily shooting photos of as many things as my film budget would allow. By 9th grade, I’d mowed enough lawns to earn the money to purchase my first SLR – the wonderful Minolta SRT-101. Combining my love of the biology, nature, the outdoors and backpacking with that first SLR was a natural fit, and my interest in landscape and nature photography took off. By 10th grade I'd sold my first multimedia presentation “Watching and Waiting” - a presentation about our pollution of our natural environment. I was also making electronic "dissolve units" to put on the multi-projector multimedia presentations.
Following high school, and while earning a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, I took courses in multimedia production and worked in the campus audio and television studios, and also worked briefly as the graphic artist for the UCSC campus newspaper.
I went on to complete a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota and post-doctoral training at The Salk Institute in San Diego, starting my career in pharma and biotech, and most recently working as Director of Business Development for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle (I recently departed this position).
I had a bit of a hiatus from photography between my first years of graduate school when my SRT-101 broke, and 1995, when I bought my first new SLR - a Canon EOS Elan IIe. From 1995 until 2005 I shot mostly Fuji Velvia, and occasionally black and white film, and I obtained a Beseler 45 MXT enlarger. Still, I have to say, I found printing in a makeshift darkroom challenging, and welcomed the world of digital photography in 2004 when I purchased a Canon 10D digital SLR. Since then, I've taken photos whenever I could get away to the woods or mountains - which has never been enough!
Since 1990 I have lived in Woodinville, Washington, where I share life with my wife Diane (a veterinarian), 3 sons, 1 Labrador Retriever and 2 Border Collies, 2 cats and 4 chickens (as of this writing!). In December 2015 I began taking a sabbatical of indeterminate length from the biotech/business professional world to focus on photography and expand my portfolio of images and to devote myself to Touching Light Photography.
Feel free to contact me via the "Contact" button at the top of each page with comments, suggestions, questions or any other inquiry. Although I'll always try to get back to you quickly, please be patient when I am off traveling and shooting, in which case replies may take a week or more.
December 15, 2015