Richard Rownak was born and raised in a small town in Arkansas. Besides three years of college Richard has a certificate in Hotel/Restaurant Management, which he acquired in New Orleans. In 1973 Richard attended the University of Arkansas and starting a photography business, mostly doing portraits and working with a local advertising agency. Much of his time was spent in his darkroom learning about graphical techniques. After four years of freelancing in Northwest Arkansas decided to explore the western United States and ended up in Los Angeles where he continued to do freelance photography, mostly for foreign car companies shooting images for technical manuals.
At first, in Southern California, he did art shows and worked on several movies as a still photographer he did a variety of tasks for television commercials and other productions in the art department. In the early 1980’s he studied video production at UCLA. He shot several black and white 16mm films, with friends, and spent time doing special effect graphics for movie advertising and writing about landscape photography. He developed a technique of multi-exposure special effect with 35mm and medium format film. Some of these images were published in magazines and newspapers. In the early 90’s, while still working as a freelance photographer, he started working with computer graphics. One great love was camping with his wife Pam and photographing the western United States. Richard continues freelance photography and computer graphics work as well as a full time profession as a Webmaster for a large auto group in Los Angeles. Richard has won several photography awards and continues learning new skills and technology.
Richard has a deep appreciation for historical architecture and the preservation of beauty. Serving on the board of a historical preservation group, Hollywood Heritage has been rewarding for him.
The technique he calls Scantography is just another aspect of the visual arts he experiments with. Selling his greeting cards and instructions PDF on Scantography.com has been fun. Its great to see how many other ways people have used a flatbed scanner and computer to be creative. “Life gives us only so much time, we should strive to make the most of it. Every ones enjoyment and interest are different, staying fresh and open to new knowledge and expression is how Richard wants to spend his time.”