Entries in digital photography (8)


"You don't go to Notre Dame to learn something; you go to Notre Dame to be somebody."

It's taken me a little bit to get my thoughts together regarding the fire at Notre Dame. My trip to Paris in 2012 was my first real trip out of the country; I was a junior in college, going into my senior year, with a love of art history. Notre Dame is a place that is easily on everyone's list when they're visiting the city, and I was no exception. I always hold a little bit of cynicism when it comes to locations or pieces of art that are that famous - there's always a worry they won't live up to the hype. I can honestly say that Notre Dame was everything you could have imagined it to be, and even some things that you probably weren't expecting. Not being a religious person, I've always found places of worship interesting, and the ancient cathedral was no exception. Walking through the pews both during a Sunday service as well as during the week gave me an appreciation of the acoustics and architecture, with the cherry on top the awe-inspiring stained glass windows. Notre Dame is one of my fondest memories from my time spent in Paris, and the video of the fire gutting the spire is one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen.

The title of this post is a quote from Lou Holtz that I believe captures Notre Dame in a nutshell; not just for me, but for anyone who was lucky enough to walk through the doors. I can only hope the next time I visit Paris it's been restored back to its former glory.


Do You Know The Way To Santa Fe?

Updates to the gallery coming soon (as editing these photos has become my life), but in the meantime, check out my newly updated travel blog regarding my most recent trip off the east coast to New Mexico. Although a short vacation in the grand scheme of things, I would definitely recommend it as an amazing place to visit, and can't wait to plan my next trip out there (albeit for a much longer period of time).

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Photos up on Parsippany Physical Therapy!

I was so happy at the end of last year to shoot some photographs for my friends over at Parsippany Physical Therapy. With their new website just going live, be sure to click on over to their gallery to check them out!

(And if you're looking for a physical therapist, you can't go wrong with Nick and the gang! Be sure to give them a call and tell them Rachel sent you!)


It's just a summertime, summertime update...

The title of this post is obviously inspired by Lana Del Ray's ubiquitious lead single off her newest album (which, although it was only released at the end of June, has become so overplayed as to make it the bane of my existance driving to work in the morning). It's been a musical sort of month for me, which has lead to some good art, as well as some interesting opportunities.

What's this? More updates to the Tiny Little Boxes series!I've got some fun new updates to the Tiny Little Boxes series, which has been a lot of fun for me. If you've been a regular follower of the R Rutledge Online tumblr, I started creating collage art for the different mixtapes I burned based off the playlist (check out the /mixtape archive for some of my earlier.. um, well, attempts haha); music still plays a huge part in my creative process, especially when it comes to this series.

I also updated my digital photography archives, and am currently sorting through my newest rolls of film for the next major update. I'm also really thrilled to announce after some time away, I've started getting back into the Book Project, with updates to that to be up before the end of the summer. Yesterday I posted about working with the Parsippany Historical and Preservation Society, which I'm really excited about. It's a great group based out of my hometown that I've always been happy to support, and I'm thrilled to be able to get them their start within the social media platform.

The last little bit? An updates to my links sections - there's some awesome new blogs up there you should check out, so definitely don't be shy :)

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer weekend... more things will be coming before you know it!


Updates, updates, and more updates!

It's been a busy couple of weeks... (oh god, now I'm even writing my website updates like the blogs I write for work...) but no really, it has been. I'm starting to color test and reprint some of the prints I'm most interested in for the tiny little boxes series (speaking of which, check out the new ones I put up today, both on tumblr and on the website), as well as pairing them into groups and different layouts to figure out the flow of things.

Besides that, I've just got a huge hall of film in lately (including a roll I thought I had misplaced, but hadn't in actuality), so I should be uploading the newest ones, fingers crossed, by the end of this week. In the meantime, I've got some new stuff up in digital land, too, as well as some new great links and whatnot that I think you should pay attention to.

It's just been a good work week this week. I'm so happy it's spring!!!