Ross Faircloth is a Fine Art Photographer living and working in Dallas. He graduated in 2012 from Texas Woman's University with an MFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in photography and in 2009 from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Photography. Ross grew up in Kaufman, Tx, a small rural town about 35 miles east of Dallas, he considers this beautiful, wide open and inviting landscape as a major influence in his overall aesthetic and growth as an artist. He works simultaneously with both traditional and experimental darkroom techniques, and new forms of digital media. His work focuses on using conventional photographic elements and processes in new and experimental ways, working with only light, photo paper, and photo-chemistry to create his images.
Ross currently works at Collin College on the Spring Creek campus as the Assistant Coordinator of the photography lab and as an adjunct professor throughout Dallas. His series “An Evidence” is represented by 1 of 1 Gallery in Seattle, Wa. His work has been featured multiple times in both print and online publications such as Diffusion, The Hand, LensCulture.com (featured artist), Light Leaked.com, Ticka-Arts and Oranbeg Press. He was awarded the 1st place prize in Photography Re-Imagined V: “The Atist’s Hand” in Scottsdale, Az., juried by Holly Roberts.
“The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of 'how to do'. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.”
- Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
This series of works focuses on the darkroom and printing aspect of photography as a means for pure expression, as the camera and act of photographing takes backstage, or a supporting role. This is accomplished by tearing down the physical surface of the print and thus creating a new and equal focal point with the artists’ hand visible along with a printed image. The selection of camera produced images are not meant to be cohesive from piece to piece, but instead the images contain elements such as human figures, natural landscapes, and a deck of cards. These diverse elements relate to the human experience, and in particular that of the artist, for whom nature, and it’s routine, has a calming effect and chance is equal to the sublime, both terrifying and beautiful at the same time.