RITA WONG PHOTOGRAPHY - FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY | About

I am naturally drawn to various types of visual design, ranging from architecture, interior design, jewellery and graphic design, to food styling. When design elements catch my eye, whether in the built environment or in nature, I am inspired to capture them with my camera and create art. Elements such as lines, shapes and forms, rhythm, patterns and textures are featured in my photographs. Besides direct captures of reality, I also interpret reality creatively to develop abstract works.


A common theme through my photographic works is that of simplicity. I find that simple images encourage viewers to reflect on the subject and gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty. My images express the Japanese aesthetic of “wabi-sabi”, which represents quiet refinement, understated elegance, and contentment with simple things. The philosophy behind this is to find simple objects beautiful and fascinating, and to give them meditative value.


Colour is either enhanced or removed from my photographs to suit the subject matter and convey the image’s mood. Many of my works are in monochrome or black-and-white as this treatment accentuates contrast, tonality, and shapes. Print media are selected to highlight each piece’s features, colours and style. Media vary from different types of paper, to more unique substrates of aluminum, wood and plexiglass.


My goal as a fine art photographer is to share my vision and my view of the world with a wider audience, to recognize and appreciate the visual harmony that surround us, to see beauty in the ordinary.


If you are interested in these photographs for your home or office, they can be ordered via the online shopping cart, or please contact me through the online Contact form for customization of print size or media.



EXHIBITIONS:

2018 June: Riverdale Artwalk, Toronto

2018 May: Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Toronto

2017 November-December: Art Square Gallery, Toronto

2017 October: Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto
2013 December - 2014 January: Rainbow Cinemas Gallery, Toronto
2013 September - November: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto
2013 March: Japan Foundation, Toronto


AWARDS:

2018 - Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition: Travel - Commended

2018 - Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs Open Challenge: Specialist Photographer of the Year (Architecture)

2017 - Tokyo International Foto Awards: Fine Art Landscape - Honorable Mention

2017 & 2016 - Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs Open Challenge - Acceptances & Honourable Mentions 

2015 - Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Photo Trophy: Discover The World - Acceptances

2015 - Toronto Digital Photography Club Photographer of the Year (Intermediate Division) - Fourth Place

2015 - Toronto Digital Photography Club Robert Zakrison Competition (Architecture) - Intermediate Division Winner and Trophy Winner

2015 - Toronto Digital Photography Club Richard Wolf Creative Photography Competition - Intermediate Division Runner-Up
2014 - The 121st Toronto International Salon of Photography - Acceptance
2014 - Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs Interclub Competition - Acceptance
2013 - International Photography Awards (IPA) Photography Contest: Nature Aerial - 2nd Place
2013 - MINI Space Incognito Design Competition - 1st Place
2013 - 5th Edition Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Landscape - Nominee
2013 - Photographer's Forum Magazine Best of Photography Contest - Finalist
2013 - Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs Interclub Competition - Acceptance
2012 - The 119th Toronto International Salon of Photography - Acceptances
2012 - International Photography Awards (IPA) Photography Contest - Honourable Mention
2010-2012 - Toronto Digital Photography Club Competitions - Honourable Mentions
2010 - Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best of College Photography Contest - Finalist
2009 - International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering Photo Contest - 2nd Place




In my portfolio, titles denoted with an asterisk (*) indicate award-winning images.