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Digital Photographer
      written by Tien Frogget

Ricardo Vela is a well-known photographer and artist with a flair for aesthetic and emotion. He has a talent for capturing unique light, creating beautiful compositions, and has a portfolio was subjects that are vast and varied. If his work could be summed up in two words, it would be cultural and peaceful.

Torn to Pieces ©Ricardo Vela
Since he was a child, Vela has been fascinated with photography. At only 8 years old he began taking pictures and was delighted by his new ability to capture moments in time that only he saw. Another thing that ignites his imagination is the powerful opportunity to tell a story through a single still image. He is no stranger to the art of storytelling, though; Vela is an Emmy award-winning journalist who is currently both news anchor and producer for KBNT-TV Channel 17 in San Diego. If you live in the area, you might recognize his picture.

Petals ©Ricardo Vela
His love for journalism first began to reveal itself in the third grade, when he was the first to start a school newspaper. Having grown up in Mexico, his work has always reflected his Hispanic roots. He was been nominated for two Emmys and won two more for giving a voice to the San Diegan Hispanic community and their needs. In 2001 he was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanic journalists in the country by Hispanic Magazine. He has also continued to support and inspire the Hispanic community through his radio talk show, which he started in 2004.

Dancers ©Ricardo Vela
All three of his passions; storytelling, photography, and painting, play into each other an contribute to his versatility and creativity. Ricardo feels that art especially has been a wonderful medium for him to express the strong emotions he has felt over the years. The bold colors and the freedom of being able to create absolutely anything appeal to his artistic nature. He likes that the canvas and paint allow him to express that which is coming directly from his soul, without necessarily including his surrounding environment.

Vela owns two art galleries; one in San Diego and one in Palm Desert. He recognizes that one of the most important things an artist can do it to continue to challenge themselves and find new ways of expressing themselves. He considers each piece he creates to be a part of his soul.

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