I have pursued my passion for photography since taking early retirement in 2016 from my career as a Geography academic. I guess you’d now call me a semi-professional photographer though I still use my teaching skills for the on-line photo-editing courses I run. My first camera was a Zeiss Ikon, bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Today I am a big fan of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system.
My landscape photography is about light, often at low angles: forests, mist and clouds, townscapes, the night sky and lightning. I also take nature photographs – often bird sequences – using overlay techniques. You’ll find plenty of examples in my Instagram gallery (@roddythefox).
My fine-art photography often uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature. The Symmetry Series are mirrored motifs created from images of trees, aloes, grass and sky. Where I have gone further, and projected a motif on to a female model, this allows for exploring the feminine form as it merges with, and emerges from, nature. In October 2020 I started a second Instagram page (@roddythefox.fantasyart) that showcases these ideas.
In Tandem is the poetry to imagery collaboration that Harry Owen and I launched in 2020 to take our work on to a virtual platform in response to the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. The best example is Lord of Life that we submitted to South Africa’s Virtual National Arts Festival. It was read by Harry Owen with artworks by Sally Scott. The video concept and editing was my contribution.
I’ve had four solo exhibitions on the Fringe at South Africa’s National Arts Festival – it’s held in my home town, Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). My work has also been featured in travel and coffee table magazines and books. In social media the print news media regularly request my images. I designed my first photo-book Symmetry in Nature in 2015 and in December 2020 I produced a limited edition photo-book called Rhinos for The Grahamstown Project. The international anthology ‘For Rhino in a Shrinking World’ is a good early example of one of the web-sites that I’ve developed.
There’s an online store (roddythefox.co.za) where you can buy my work. I print on demand, sell image rights, design websites and book layouts. I’m also available for portrait and fine art commissions. Pictures and photo books are shipped throughout South Africa.
Rhodes University’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2004) for innovations in online course development.
Winner of the 2018 WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) Heritage Day Photo Competition with the nature photograph Oldenburgia.
Lord of Life was winner of a Standard Bank Ovation Award for innovation and excellence at the 2020 National Arts Festival Fringe.
Roddy Fox Photography, 1 Robinson Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)722582134