About Me - Richard Saint Cyr

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I have been taking pictures for thirty years, since I bought my first camera at age fifteen. As my life's journey unfolds, I have developed a vision of the world through my lens. As I hike along a San Francisco Bay area trail, or walk down a city street, something will catch my eye --a curve, a smile, a texture. And that moment of composing and capturing something I see as beautiful or striking is a moment of pure bliss, a fog that always leaves a trace of disappointment as the moment passes.

My goal as an artist is to convey a spiritual luminescence that attracts the viewer on both an intellectual and emotional plane. My photos strive to capture natural beauty though simple abstraction, in the same way that Japanese printmaking can capture the elegance of nature with just a few brushstrokes. I'm very attracted to the underlying compositions inherent in nature, the natural still lifes that surround us and only reveal themselves to those who walk slowly, look around, take a deep breath and look again.

Technical Information: In terms of equipment, I've transitioned slowly from slide film (mostly Fuji Velvia) to digital cameras. Most are Velvia slides, scanned in to Photoshop for digital darkroom adjustments. Digital cameras have included a Canon D5 Mark II, and sometimes an iPhone comes in handy.

Besides photography, I am a family doctor working at Swedish Bainbridge Island Primary Care Clinic. I have a wellness blog at MyFamilyHealthGuide.com.

Exhibitions:



  • Cafe Zarah, Beijing, China. solo show "Sonoma Impressions". October-November 2010.
  • The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, Beijing, China. Solo show. November-December 2011.
  • ARTworkSF Gallery, 49 Geary St #215, San Francisco. Lost in Translation group exhibit. August 1-21, 2006.
  • ARTworkSF Gallery, 49 Geary St #215, San Francisco. Best of Show group exhibit. July 6-31, 2006.
  • Muffin Street Cafe, 52 Mission Cir # 112, Santa Rosa, CA. (707) 538-2020. November 1-December 31, 2005. Group show.
  • Whispers CafĂ© and Crepery, 390 El Camino Real. Solo exhibit. July 27-October 26, 2006
  • Diakadi Body, 290 Division Street, San Francisco. Solo exhibit. Jan 18-March 8, 2006.
  • SOMARTS Cultural Center, 834 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Bayennaleexhibit, group show. July 22 - August 7, 2005.
  • Polarity Post Production, 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA. Open: M-F, 9am - 5pm. (415) 673-3080. Road Trip exhibit, group show. April 16 - July 16, 2005.
  • Sutter Hospital, 3325 Chanate Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. January 2003-present. A permanent collection of 18 photos of Sonoma landscapes and seascapes.
  • SOMARTS Cultural Center, 834 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Eye Of The Beholderexhibit, group show. June 30 - July 14, 2005.
  • Martha & Brothers Coffee, 2800 California St, San Francisco, CA, Open daily, 7am-7pm. November 9-December 31, 2004: solo show, a collection of National Park photographs.
  • Bayshore Film & Stage Studio, 2178 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA, M-F, 9am-5pm. October 19-Jan 19, 2005: Art Soup, over 100 works/all media.
  • Muffin Street Cafe, 52 Mission Cir # 112, Santa Rosa, CA. (707) 538-2020. November 1-December 31, 2004. Group show.
  • Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA. (415) 394-0500. Monochrome Set , group photography show. October 6-December 17, 2004.
  • Polarity Post Production, 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA. Open: M-F, 9am - 5pm. (415) 673-3080. Bay Area in Focus exhibit, group show. June 12 - October 2.
  • Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA. (415) 394-0500. Exposure, group show. June - August 2004.
  • Polarity Post Production, 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA. Open: M-F, 9am - 5pm. (415) 673-3080. Common Scents exhibit, group show. March 15 - June 15. Reception April 28
  • Hotel Cosmo Gallery, 761 Post Street @ Jones, San Francisco, CA. Feb 15 -May 15. Reception April 1, 6-8pm. Beautiful Earth exhibit, group show.
  • Aroma Roasters Cafe , Santa Rosa, CA, March 2004. Solo shMuffin Street Cafe, Santa Rosa, CA. January-March 2004. Group show.
  • Bayshore Film & Stage Studio, 2178 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA, M-F, 9am-5pm. November 2003-February 2004: Art Soup , over 100 works/all media.
  • The Crepe House, Crepe House, 1755 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, open 8am-10pm. December 2003-January 2004. Solo show.
  • The Squat & Gobble Cafe , 237 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, open 8am-10pm. December 2003-January 2004. Group show.
  • Photographers Darkroom, Santa Rosa, CA. July-August 2003. Group show.
  • Borders Books and Cafe, Santa Rosa, CA. July 1-31 2003. Solo show.
  • Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa, CA, May-August 2003. Exhibit: Landscapes and Landmarks Through a Lens, group show, one entry
  • EXITArts Gallery, New York, NY, March 2002. Exhibit: September 11 tribute, group show, one entry. Now in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.


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