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Photo by Eric Kroll

Papi Chulo & moi by Eric Kroll

Raechel M. Running
Raechel Marie Running, a freelance photographer that has traveled the world pursuing her muse, has developed an amazing style that is in many ways, difficult to define. Perhaps it's because her style draws its inspiration from such eclectic sources: the great Impressionists of Europe, Native Americans of the Southwest, Chicano artists, and long list of others. Her technique of combining hand painting, Polaroid transfers, and other media is example of how she blends disparate elements into a beautiful and unified whole. Raechel often works alongside her father and mentor, John Running in the studio they share in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her photographs have appeared in British and China GQ magazines, Newsweek Japan, Native Artist, Smithsonian Air and Space, Mountain Freak, and her work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, and throughout the Southwest.

Artist Statement: I grew up looking at pictures of women. My father is a photographer of women and it is through photography I learned about being a Woman. Her many facets, the faces of her seasons, the sensual depth of her maturity, her innocence, her strength. She is supple, and she is ever changing, her body, like the horizon line, of the sea, the landscape, inspires me to gaze at her beauty. The real and the imagined, her archtypes, the warrior, the mother, the lover, the Goddess, the muse, in everyday women. I love photography in the the same way I love nature. I feel connected to life by doing it. 

Photography for me is creating visual poetry. With the new digital tools, my imagination has a bigger playground to explore more ideas conceptually. I love the immediacy of the digital camera, and being able to scan images and mess around in Photoshop. I still feel inspired by the smell of Dektol late at night and I love the smell of photo oils and the feel of fiber prints and colors on my hands. The processes overlap more often than not. 

Photography invites us to explore, to play, to dress up, and to strip down. We as artists and models, pay homage to the muse. We love Betty Page, vintage pin up, we punk it up, and give it our own spin. This portfolio covers years of collaborations. One of the muses passed away a couple years ago and yet I am still inspired by the work we made. The inspiration I feel is a way for us to commune beyond death. Her light, her energy lives on. Together we look into the mirror and recreate ourselves and live on.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Email: rmr@rmrunningfoto.com
Website: www.musecube.com/RMRunningfoto 
 
PRINT SALES & INFORMATION
Yes - contact artist directly to purchase fine art prints.
 
EXHIBITION LIST
06-04  General Exhibit
1997  General Exhibit
 
 
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