The photographic works in this survey entitled, Constellations, Destinations and Other Meditations, contains approximately 233 photographs from out of 1,794 photographs which were taken over 35 years and spanning 9 geographical locations. The references in the work can be biographical, social and contextual in nature, however, the approach to image capture is mostly purely incidental, intuitive and by chance. In this book three photographic ideas are presented in which the categories such as traditional landscapes, social landscapes and experimental landscapes are explored. These photographic explorations are in the romantic tradition of photography whereas sense of timeless beauty and melancholy are representations and testaments lionizing the end of the last century and the beginning of this present century with the past.
Richard Peña was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. He now lives with his wife in Raleigh, North Carolina.