Personal artistic development is a journey and the stepping-stones to growth and success (however you define it) are the people, places and things that influence your work. Along the way, some influences are embraced and begin to consistently and positively affect your art; others are rightfully left behind. Eventually, the attributes you want your images to express are apparent. I want my photographs to manifest ambiguity, atmosphere, emotion and/or imperfection. These are the essential elements of interesting photography and the qualities that transport a viewer to a personal connection through their own interpretations, stories and daydreams.
Robert McCurley was born and raised in the South and spent most of his life earning a living in corporate America. He supplemented his income with wedding and portrait photography. Today, he is focused solely on personal artistic endeavors. His photographic education includes classes at the former Southeastern Center for the Photographic Arts in Atlanta, GA, workshops with Keith Carter and Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey and Alex Webb as well as countless hours studying the work of influential artists. He is a collector of photographs and photography books. His photographs have been exhibited in a variety of venues and galleries across the U.S. He is a published author of poems and short stories. Robert has served as a juror and curator of photography exhibits and is a founding member of Southlight Salon.