Copyright: 2020 Rudy Umans


It is all about passion for the medium photography, passion for the subject, and the passion to share.  

I do not really have a favorite subject. As long as the subject opens up certain emotions and I am able to translate those emotions to an image on a flat piece of paper for the enjoyment of others, we’re good.


Somebody said once about an image of the Everglades: "Really conveys that Everglades look!". That was one of the nicest comments I have ever received. Isn't that what we are all going for? That moment that the subject, the viewer, and the photographer all become one?

After about 10 years photographing exclusively with digital cameras and although I still shoot with digital and most definitely don’t deny the digital age, I decided somewhere in 2019 to go back to film for my personal work and some assignments, if appropriate. I have a collection of vintage cameras from 1935 to 1958 that I use.

It is my conviction that in order to capture a subject as good as you can, you must love and understand that subject. Even if it is just for a very brief moment in time, there is this creation of a relationship based on love, understanding, and respect. When I am at that point, I feel a form of intimacy with the subject, regardless of what that subject might be and it is this form of intimacy that is for me more present and pronounced shooting with film than with digital. Don't know if it is spiritual, Zen, or what, but either way, pretty darn close to either. That “phenomena” is even stronger for me with pinhole photography. There are fewer technical things to worry about. Getting into that state of mind with a vintage camera is icing on the cake.

I have been taking pictures forever, or so it seems, and ever since my parents gave me my first camera during a family vacation I have been hooked to photography. I was 6 or 7 years old and the camera was a little plastic Kodak Instamatic. I still have it.

I grew up in a small town near Amsterdam, the Netherlands and married a girl from Miami where I moved to in 1989. In the early nineties I worked as a full time professional photographer, I did mainly products for catalogs for Deltone clock radio’s etc., Avanti small appliances and several importers of fancy perfumes and colognes. When Hurricane Andrew came along, it destroyed almost everything we owned and forced us to move to Palm Beach where my business background came in handy with several government jobs in small business assistance. During this time, I photographed mainly landscapes, using a large adjustable wooden camera with a bellow and a dark cloth in order to view the focusing screen.

In 2005, my wife and I moved back to Miami where I picked up my career that was so brutally interrupted by hurricane Andrew.

Today, my work is literally sold all over world to web designers, ad agencies, private enterprises, government agencies, and book publishers, to name a few, including National Geographic and Smithsonian publications.

I was honored with several solo art shows in South Florida and in Europe, called “Beyond the obvious” and one simply called “Wood”.

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