Ronald J. Saunders is a fine art landscape photographer. Ron received his first serious camera, a 35mm Kodak Retina II, from his father, a career army man, when Ron headed off to college. After graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Washington, and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, his work spanned sensing technologies starting with microwaves and then branching to sonar and finally to digital imaging sensors and cameras. Ron’s engineering career bridged more than a decade each with Raytheon, Teledyne, and finally with Fairchild Imaging and BAE Systems.
Ron is passionate about his photography and has dedicated his time to improving his imaging and printing skills while evolving his creative interpretation of subjects of interest. Ron moved to Nevada in 2014 and resides in Reno where his interest in fine art landscape photography is routinely explored from the Black Rock Desert to Death Valley following the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
When Ron travels, he can frequently be seen with his dog Makoto, who follows in the footsteps of Max and Finn, Ron’s departed canine friends. Makoto, a Tibetan Terrier, is a great travel companion and never complains that they stay in one spot too long. Ron says that his wife Koko also participates in photography trips and contributes through continued encouragement and support, and provides critical review of his art.
Ron has exhibited prints throughout the United States including The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California. Additionally his work has been shown at TheYeiser Art center in Paducah Kentucky, The Maryland Federation of Art in Bethesda and Annapolis Maryland, the Kings Art Center in Hanford California, the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, California, The Carson Valley Art Association Art Show in Minden Nevada, and The Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park, California.
The primary objective of Ron’s work is to create a print. He strives to create pieces that have the characteristics of beauty in natural landscapes. A large amount of Ron’s art is done in black and white and usually on a glossy media. He endeavors to get elements of the sky in most of the works because sky and clouds work so well with black and white prints. The earth is in a slow transition while the sky is infinitely more dynamic. In such cases the captured images may look different every few minutes.
Ron hopes his effort to transform an image and experience to a print is enjoyed by others.