My father, John A. Rehor, author of The Nickel Plate Story and photographer for Trains Magazine, used his photographic skills as a train accident investigator for The National Transportation Safety Board in Washington DC. Although he encouraged me to take up photography at an early age, I schooled to be a draftsman at Virginia Commonwealth University. I enrolled in a black and white photography course there and found my raison d’être. I immediately transferred to The Corcoran School of Art and earned a BFA in photography. I received my first professional photography assignment in 1995 and started shooting full time in 2001. I began working for magazines, corporate clients, educational institutions, and the healthcare industry, specializing in environmental portraiture.
I have recently started teaching photography workshops and I am more involved with artistic and personal projects for eventual book publication. I prefer quiet and abandoned locations to photograph, in the late evening or “magic hour” when I can control the lighting. My mother, Shirley Cunningham, was a professional dancer, imparting a proclivity towards rhythm and music, and influential to my method of craft. My most creative work involves capturing the essence of a subject appearing like they were neither here nor there, an apparition, subtly fading into the background. Sometimes the environment or an object becomes the apparition.
I think the photographic medium is ideal to convey both realism and the poetic spirit: a marriage of reverie and substance.