Photographic Insights - Images in Light

(c) June 2007, R.A.L. Photographic Art

Richard A. "Red" Lawhern

(Last Updated:  July, 2008)

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Greetings.  My name is Richard -"Red"- Lawhern (though my hair is no longer the color of my nickname).   I've been doing photographs for over 40 years. Though I've had training in visual composition, I've never been entirely sure that the instruction "took." It might be said that I see the small within the large.  My eye is attracted to details that go past many people if one doesn't look closely or pay attention. I do a lot of landscapes, some architectural detail, many flowers and animals, and an occasional candid portraiture or character study.

My eye is mostly attracted to color and the qualities of light -- factors in my work that some gallery-bred purists might consider disqualifying. I am for the most part disinterested in portraying the gritty and often depressing underside of life to which many contemporary photographers seem drawn. I know the gritty side is out there -- I grew up in it and moved on.  I often encourage others to do the same.  A focus upon the subtlety of light is, for me, another way to offer such encouragement and put a lift in your spirits each day.

Thus I offer the photographic insights that follow -- not to move or motivate you to social action, but to entertain and perhaps to engage your attention in a certain spiritual inner light that is made manifest in each of us in varying ways.   

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Note:  Some of the older prints in this gallery were originally scanned from projection (with compromises to image quality). I am now in the process of digitizing my original slides and negatives, and upgrading the versions in these galleries.  Likewise, picture files presented here have been resized and compressed for faster download.  Thus they might not print well in sizes above 8 x 10 inches.   All pictures are available from original media for sale, as signed/numbered prints in limited series of 20, matted, and framed under glass.  Most are in the range of  $100.00 US plus postage, for 11 x 14 prints in 16 x 20 frames..

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 Gallery 1 - Thumbnailed Prints
              Gallery 2 - Thumbnailed Prints

 Recent Work - Floral Display in the Carolinas

 - Hawaii -

Catamaran - Oahu Sunset, 2004

Gunmetal Sea off Kauai

Wiamea Canyon - Kauai

Morning Sky - Oahu

Lower Wiamea Canyon, Kauai

 Shadows on Napali Coast, Kauai

Hana Coast - Maui 

Napali Coast, Kauai

Falls Above Hana - Maui

Napali Coast Detail, Kauai

Rhododendron after Rain

Fern Grotto - Kauai

 Akaka Falls-1 (Big Island)

Red Ginger

 Akaka Falls -2

Red Ginger -2

Akaka Falls -3 

Red Torch Ginger (Hilo Hawaii)

White Hibiscus

Flaming Red Ginger

White Hibiscus?-2

Pink Ginger

White Bougainvillea

Gnarled Tree - Kauai Cliffs

Purple... [?]

Ohi'a Flower (Hilo Hawaii)

Purple...[?] Threesome

Monkey Pod [?]

 Bird of Paradise

Red Heliconia

Ixora - Maui

Water Lillies

Climatus (Maui)

Water Lillies - 2

Ginger at Waterfall - Oahu

Water Lillies - 3

Skimming Butterflies - Surf Sailors - Maui

Kauai Coast - Black Lava Shore

Red Bougainvillea, Polynesian Village, Oahu



At the Alhambra, Granada 2003

Arch Detail in the Alhambra

Arch Detail 2 in the Alhambra

Arch Detail 3, Patio de los Leones, the Alhambra

Arch Detail 4, Patio de los Leones, the Alhambra

Corner Detail, in a room off the Harem of the Caliph


Cordoba, Fuengirola and Mejas Spain 2003

Chapel Detail - Fuengirola

Old Quarter, Cordoba

Gateway to the Courtyard of the Mezquita (Mosque)

Compound Arch In the Mezquita

Shops during siesta, Mejas


Old Places (Europe, South America)  1978-1982

Upper Room - Castle on Rhine

Great Hall -Schloss Neu Schwanstein

Cathedral Tower - Heidelberg

Onion Dome - Wiesbaden

Student Quarter - Heidelberg

Schloss Heidelberg

Guard Tower in Spring

Facade - Strasbourg Cathedral

Rhine, Central Germany

Alps - Southern Bavaria

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria -2

High Meadows - Eiger and Yungfrau - Switzerland

Portofino - Northern Italy

Machu Picchu,  Peru

Waiting on the Cathedral Steps - Cuzco Peru


Colors and Characters

Flamenco Troup, El Faro, 2003

Flamenco - A glimpse of an old aristocracy

Flamenco - Beginning the ritual

Flamenco - Deeper in the ritual

Earlier Work

Lady With an Attitude - Los Angeles, 1975

His Master's Keeper
(Los Angeles Zoo), 1976

Cheetah in High Grass, 1977

Distractions, Los Angeles 1974

Bengal Tiger, 1974

Lost in Her Eyes, Washington DC, 1996

Renaissance Pleasure Faire, California, 1974

Wise Man on a Perch - Germany 1980

Patriarch I - RenFair 1974

Patriarch II - RenFair 1974

Atilla - RenFair 1974

Drummer Boy, Wiesbaden Germany, 1981

Do You Think You Can Die of a Hangover? [Tree Sloth]

Command Presence:  Ferry Captain


Working in Light

Big Sur, California, 2000

Lavender Afternoon, Virgin Islands, 1978

Stairway to Heaven, Colorado Springs, 1973

Sky Afire 2003

Traceries of the Web, 1998

Student Quarter, Heidelberg, Germany, 1979

Inca Ruin, Yucatan, 1995

Photography "Shop" - Cuzco Peru, 1977

Black Canyon, Wyoming, 1973

Lavender Afternoon 2 - Virgin Islands 1978


Floral Display - New Work and Old

Floral Detail - Bougainvillea on Masonry Wall, El Faro Spain, 2003

Rose in Shadow, Virginia, 2001

Mandevilla in Deep Shade, California, 1977

Rosebud in Dew, Virginia, 2002

Dahlia Virginia, 2004
High Res [550Kb]

Rose in Dew 2004

Holyhock,  Virginia, 2004 
High Res [550Kb]

Rose-2 2004

Red Gerbera Daisy, 
 California, 2004
High Res [510Kb]

Sterling Silver Rose - Virginia 2003

White Rose - Virginia, 2004
Med Res [350Kb]

Burning Rose - San Francisco, 2004

Purple Lupin - Virginia 2004

Climber - Trumpet Plant on Arbor

Blue Climber Virginia 2004

Study in Purple - Rhododendron 2004

Study in Purple - Shade

Study in Blue - Shade

Study in Purple - Light and Shade

Study in Purple and Vibrant Red

Floral Detail
San Francisco 2004

Virginia Garden

Purple Climatis - 2003

Leaf Study - Virginia, 2004

Chartreus Climatis -1 2004

Floral Lace - Crepe Myrtle, Virginia 2004

Chartreus Climatis
- Shadowed 2004

Dahlia [?] in Abundance, Virginia 2004

Hibiscus Study -1

Hibiscus Study -2

Golden Cana 2004

Orchid - DC Arboretum, 1983

Cherry Blossom Detail, 1984

Passion Flower - Los Angeles, 1975

Crocus Blooms - Spring

Spider Tulip - Holland 1981

Backlit Tulips - Red

Backlit Tulips - Yellow

Tulips of Keukenhof, Holland

Keukenhof Estates, Holland

Red Tulips in Shadow

Encian - Switzerland (6000 ft)