Ralph Komives

A former college art faculty member at Denison University, Kentucky State University, Ohio State University, and Stephens College, Ralph has taught sculpture, ceramics, photography and design.

He has studied at the Ota Pottery in Koishiwara, Japan and one of his tea bowls appeared on the cover of Ceramics Monthly. His large aluminum sculptures are in the collections of such places as the Tampa Museum of Art, the Daytona Museum of Art, and the Trammell Crow Corporation. His art has been sponsored by grants from Mellon, Ford and Kress Foundations.

Ralph has concentrated on digital photography since 2002. His digital photography, featured on this web site, captures unique dimensions of flowers and other subjects using light and composition. He is especially interested in photographing flowers. His goal is to reveal detail not readily seen by the eye, to describe the flower by relying on its own translucency and to capture a depth of field that includes the entire flower.

His photos urge the viewer to see flowers in ways that they have never seen before -- closer and sharper. He generally photographs flowers that are a part of our commonplace experience, flowers from our grandmother's gardens -- flowers that we at once think we know but have never really seen. He seeks to rekindle the viewer’s earliest memories of flowers.

These photos are available to the commercial arenas of print, media and packaging.