Copyright: 2019 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.


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 to a girl from Miami where I moved to in 1989. In the early nineties 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 I held 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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