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Art & Life with RAEchel Running

Today we’d like to introduce you to RAEchel Running.

RAEchel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Before I knew words, I was influenced by pictures in the book Family of Man. I saw all the people as my family. I started photographing in high school, fifty-one years later, I can say this is the foundation of my life. I strive to inspire people to see the beauty and poetry of life even when it’s difficult that we are one human family interconnected.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make documentary photo illustrations for editorial, nonprofits and commissioned portraits seasoned with my love of mix media, hand painting and collage. Photography has been a passport, a lens to explore the world. By being lost I often found my most profound images; like the image of actor Narciso Martinez enacting Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa that was used to promote actor John Leguizamo’s Broadway show Latin History for Morons last year.

RAEchel Running’s work connects people to our communities, backyards, and wildlands. She takes viewers on visual journeys beyond personal and national borders. She believes art is the media can foster kindness and stewardship between people and our relationship to our world and a hopeful and sustainable future.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Win the lottery and or sign up for a business in art class! Do your best to not work for free and learn the value of our industry. Many professional shooters are seeing the devaluing of their photography because many clients do not have real budgets like in earlier years. It is important to not undersell or give away your images or expect others too. We have to continually learn ourselves and help educate our clients of the value of photography. Join photo forums, be an intern, find a mentor, and learn from great sources on YouTube, ASMP, a Photo Editor, and PDN. Having a day job frees you to create for art for art’s sake, otherwise look for jobs that can inspire your vison and feeds your interests. We all have to wear creative hats and help one another and think of collaboration. Stay humble and do your best! Art making takes courage, heart and good business helps!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I curated and designed a traveling exhibit for Sierra Club Borderlands, Lens on the Border, to help people in other parts of the country to see the value of our US/MEXICO borderlands through the eyes of eight photographers. I have come to see the border as the gateway to the Americas. The human history we share in the Ancient migrations and Indigenous histories; from corn and chocolate, the geography, the arrival of the Spanish Barb, to the conservation ideas of Aldo Leopold connects us all more than a wall can divide us.

Sierra Club LENS ON THE BORDER exhibit is available to travel.
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/slideshow/lens-border#4
https://issuu.com/raechelrunning/docs/lens_on_the_border_8_visions

My documentary work and instruments from Mexico’s Tarahumara-Raramuri people of Copper Canyon can be seen in the Musical Instrument Museum. I have also designed CD cover
art for Canyon Records, Sihasin, and local punk rock.

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Image Credit:
© RAEchelRunning 2019

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