Ruth Grimes

Since graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Business and Marketing, Ruth has lived in the US, mostly in California. During the tech boom of the 1990s she worked for several companies in the San Francisco area as a technical writer and business analyst and has now transferred her technical skills to her art. With the advancement of software technology, she finds herself continuing to grow and explore, expanding her creativity.  

Focusing on color photography, her work spans myriad subjects from Americana to street photography to glamor. She is a member of several photography groups in the Monterey/Carmel area, including ImageMakers and FotoSaga.  She holds a Certificate in Professional Photography from the New York Institute of Photography.

Ruth’s work has been exhibited in various galleries in California and Colorado.

Artist’s Statement

Releasing the shutter is a mindful moment for me. In that instant, I appreciate the simple realities of my surroundings. But, taking the photo is only the first step.  I want to make that scene my own, I want to draw out the essence of what the image means to me. Very often the meaning is just an emotional response to a color, a shape, a place.  I use color intensity, texture, and lighting to create mood.

In my Americana work, I try to portray the essence of America with the freshness of an immigrant’s eye. Perhaps because I grew up in Ireland watching 1970s and 80s American TV shows, I feel that essence is best captured in the color palettes and textures of an old analog TV image.  I have been influenced by some of the greatest pioneers in color street photography: William Eggleston, Saul Leiter, and Trent Parke.

Although usually looking for the simple things behind the glamor and gloss, I do enjoy fine art photography. I have been exploring glamor portrait photography drawing on the work of photographers like Sarah Moon, Lillian Bassman, and other old time Hollywood photographers.