About Ron Coscorrosa
My experience with photography started when I was in the 4th grade. I received a Polaroid camera for Christmas. A few weeks later it was stolen. Not one to give up so easily, seventeen years later I bought my second camera, a Canon EOS 20D, for one simple reason: I could afford it! I did not know what to do with this thing. The photos looked just as bad as those on the Polaroid (actually, worse). I took it (along with many expensive lenses I didn’t know how to use) on a trip to Japan in 2006 and then relegated them all to the closet, where they mostly remained, mocking me.
While I wasn’t any good at photography, I was very good at being lazy, and that prevented me from selling my camera gear and moving on to another short-lived hobby. Finally the overwhelming guilt of having all of this expensive camera gear became too much to bear and I started photographing again and a strange thing happened: I discovered I liked it. They still weren’t any good but I didn’t care (or rather, I didn’t know and I didn’t care). I was having fun traveling and getting to experience much of the beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest.
Ultimately photography evolved from a hobby to an obsession where it remains to this day and the photos (mostly) have improved over that time period.
In order to feed the obsession I decided to quit a good software development job in 2011 to take two years off to travel and photograph without any distractions. I roamed all over the western US, met my now-wife and fellow nature photographer Sarah Marino, moved from Seattle to Denver to live with her, and we have traveled together throughout most of the US with a few forays into Iceland and Canada.
I have since returned to a regular job but still maximize my time for photography.
About My Photography
My motives with photography are selfish: I try to capture photos that are personally meaningful. While I certainly hope that I can capture some essence, however trivial, of the emotion and experience I have while out photographing nature in a way that appeals to more people than just me, that is not my ultimate goal. The photos are a reflection of me, they are my personal interpretations of nature, and their general appeal is not something I can control nor something I seek.
I also do not aim to be a documentarian with my photography. My photos are always personal interpretations. That being said, I do not add embellishments (such as dramatic color or clouds) to landscape images unless they were there to begin with and aim to keep things looking realistic rather than heavily enhanced with Photoshop wizardry. Macro and abstract subjects are by their nature more a reflection of what’s going on inside my head and thus I do not feel as compelled to keep those as tethered to reality.
I consider myself a bit of a generalist with regard to nature photography, and while one interpretation of that may be that I’m not really good at anything specific, I like to think it means I can find satisfaction in a wide variety of natural subjects. I am certainly a fan of the big and bold landscapes, but I also like photographing intimate and more personal scenes, including abstracts and macro subjects. I have a preference for strong and bold colors and elegant (if sometimes simple) compositions and can be happy photographing under a wide variety of light and conditions.
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