Rob Stone was trained as a still photographer, cinematographer and producer/director in television at the University of California, Davis in the late seventies. His interest in developing a narrative through still photography emerged from these earlier projects. He received multiple awards for documentaries that focused on the challenges the disabled face in our culture; however, the world of film and television production wasn’t offering the creative and personal challenge he was looking for. In 1998, on a trip to Europe with his wife Andrea, he began taking pictures after having put my camera aside for fifteen years. Looking at those images on the light box rekindled his love for storytelling through photography. Edward Abbey once said, “Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today”. In this spirit, Rob began to explore the themes of serenity and solitude in landscape photography.
In 2011, Rob began work on a project entitled Close to Home, a visual meditation on the intersection of community and nature taken within the city limits of Davis, California. In 2014, he began working with the Putah Creek Council and many dedicated residents to produce his latest project Hidden Treasure: Restoring Putah Creek.
The image entitled Close to Home was recognized as Best of Show in the juried competition “Vision” by the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in 2012. It was a Bell Ringer for the KVIE Auction that same year. Works from the Close to Home portfolio were exhibited in a solo show in January 2015 at Gallery 1855 in Davis, CA. The image entitled Willow from the Hidden Treasure portfolio won 3rd place in the exhibit “Slice: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art” at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California in August 2015. In November 2016, After Spring Rain was selected for the International Juried Exhibition at Carmel’s Center for Photographic Art. Willow and Wild from the Hidden Treasure portfolio received three Honorable Mentions in the 2016 IPA~International Photography Awards, including one in the category Editorial: Environmental.
After Spring Rain, from the Close to Home portfolio, was acquired by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California for their permanent collection in February 2015.
Rob’s work can be found on the Stone Photography website and at the Stone Photography Gallery/Studio, both of which he shares with his wife Andrea Stone. His award-winning images have been selected for multiple juried shows in Northern California, including Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, The Blue Line Gallery, and Yolo Arts Gallery 625 (small group show April 2016). He is represented by the art consulting firms Art Consulting Services in Sacramento, CA and DAC Art Consulting in Atlanta, GA.