“My quest to create pictures in motion led to the creation of a novel camera system. This self-built camera exposes an entire roll of film as a 66 inch single exposure of time and space, aka Spacetime.”
As one of the advertising worlds leading cinematographers, Rick Graves is recognized industry-wide as an authority in capturing the essence of high-energy action imagery. His innovative quest to capture images of speed led him to develop a novel camera system dubbed DistaCam. His self-built apparatus exposes an entire roll of film as one single frame, intriguingly capturing a “period of time” versus a “fraction of a second.” His slit-scan process creates images in motion so extraordinary that Wired Magazine, Autoweek, American Photo, Chinese Art Photography have written articles featuring his distinctive work.
His work is specifically mentioned, The Art of Strip Photography, a book and masters thesis devoted to the history and evolution of the slit scan photographic technique.
2017 will mark Graves tenth year exhibiting at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA. His work has been shown at the Capitola Art and Wine Festival, Bistango Restaurant in Irvine, Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Beach and the Marine Institute in Dana Point, CA.
In 2016 and 2017 Graves was chosen as one of eleven Patron’s Pick for the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA. His work was featured in the annual Patron’s Picks fine art exhibit at Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Beach, CA.
Graves is a 1984 graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has two lovely daughters. Cassidy Dawn Graves, a graduate of New York University, Tisch as a theatre major and Camryn Summer Graves, a freshman at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, is also majoring in theatre. Rick currently lives in Laguna Beach and works out of his studio in Santa Ana, California creating films for his clients.