Never Grow Up: An Interview with Photographic Artist Ruadh DeLone

October 18th, 2012

One could argue that there are plenty of talented and creative artists to be found in this world, that every artist has a unique perspective and style. However, it also seems that every great once in a while, along comes an artist who breaks the normal boundaries of art far beyond his modern fellow artists. Ruadh DeLone, an artist from Rheden, Netherlands, fits into this category of a photographer/ photomanipulation artist in his own level of class. His original work is expressive, odd, thoughtful, and stunning. While some of his pieces are definitely simply artistic, others seem to be making a powerful statement about life.

from Angels series

DeLone’s photographs impressed us here at so much, in fact, that we decided he was one that definitely needed an interview. His answers show just how much his work seems to originate from his perspective of life and death.

Noupe/Ruadh DeLone Interview

Noupe: How would you describe your style of photography?

Ruadh: In search of the uncommon things within the common.

Noupe: When did you get started in photography?

Ruadh: I started with photography late 2007. Before that time I used to draw a lot.

Noupe: And what first drew you to this medium?

Ruadh: I just found I could make a drawing within 1/100 of a second using a camera. Never realised it before.

Noupe: From whom or where do you draw your inspiration?

Ruadh: My main inspiration I get from my own daily life. Just looking at people, news, etc. Music is also a great inspirator.

Noupe: Where does each “story” for your photographs come from?

Ruadh: The subjects that are in my mind. I think a lot about life and death, the short time we are here on this planet. I think the main reason for making images is to stop time a little bit. To freeze the moments in life and kill death.

Noupe: What would you describe as your most difficult shoot up to this point? Why was it particularly troublesome?

Ruadh: I have done a personal series called Verganglichkeiten and it was a very personal one. I found it hard to use myself as a model and trying to translate my thought into images. It’s about the hunger to stay alive and never grow old.

Verganglichkeiten Series:

Noupe: What has been your favorite project and why?

Ruadh: The Never Grow Up series. It was fun to change my kids into a mix of kids and old people. It was interesting to see what small adjustments could do to faces.

Never Grow Up Series:

Noupe: Do you have a preference between a traditional darkroom versus a digital one? Why?

Ruadh: I have very little experience with the traditional darkroom so I cannot compare the two. Of course the digital offers far more playground in the postprocessing but looking at traditional photographs you can feel the soul they have. The digital ones miss that kind of feeling.

Noupe: What is a favorite software or hardware that you currently use? Why?

Ruadh: My hardware is a Pentax K7 (camera and lenses), I use a curtain as background and don’t have all the fancy lights. Just low profile and I am very pleased with it. It gives my images a slightly strange look. The boys with all the state of the art hardware just look the same in my humble opinion. Smooth, top-notch, delicate. Beautiful but no real signature on it. That’s my opinion. The Pentax is just great to work with. It has a more crispy look compared to other big brands which I have also tried.

Noupe: Do you promote/ market your photography? If so, how?

Ruadh: I post my series on and When you get featured on Behance, it generates a lot of publicity. I think they have a great concept for the audiovisual world.

Noupe: Do you complete your work on spec or is it commissioned by clients?

Ruadh: I do a lot of personal work and seal some of it. I also work for companies. My heart lies in the personal works because it gives you complete freedom in the whole process.

Noupe: What advice would you give to undiscovered creative designers or photographers?

Ruadh: Follow your heart. Try to make your own work and don’t overpromote it. Work hard, be sure you have the drive and try to make your own style. It sounds strange but try not to find too many tutorials, try to do it all by yourself. It’s the only way you will learn everything you’ll need to become authentic.

Selected Sample Work from Ruadh

Egotrips – A Box of Self Portraits

Hospital Room


Das Leid

Auvers, 1890

The New Villians and Victims




New York Times, 1950



Tara Hornor loves writing about marketing, advertising, branding, web and graphic design, and photography. She is a Senior Editor for Creative Content Experts, a copywriting company that she owns with her husband. Connect with @TaraHornor for more design inspiration and marketing help.

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8 comments for „Never Grow Up: An Interview with Photographic Artist Ruadh DeLone
  1. John C on October 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am


  2. Inspiration on October 19th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Nice Interview and funny pictures :-)

  3. Anna on October 20th, 2012 at 3:00 am

    After watching 2 seasons of the The Walking Dead these are rather acceptable to me. LOL But from a photographic or photo-editing standpoint, these are well-executed images that run on an interesting concept. Inarguably unique and unequaled in today’s over-saturated industry of so-called photographers and photo-manipulation experts.

    • Tara Hornor on February 7th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Yes, very unique! His photos caught my eye immediately. Walking Dead – big fan! :)

  4. Frank on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Interesting works. But, i don’t like art like this. The post is cool, Thanks.

    • Tara Hornor on February 7th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      I can definitely see why they aren’t everyone’s style. :) Some of them are quite grotesque. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  5. jobish on March 5th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    amazing creations

  6. Veonica on April 12th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The New Villians and Victims just blew my mind! It’s so uniqe and inspiring