2009 was an incredibly productive year for me and I have to thank all of those who were kind enough to collaborate with me.
This past weekend I was introduced to the process and methods of enhancing one’s photos with encaustic. It’s really a different way to interpret and present one’s work. For those of you unfamiliar with encaustic, it involves wax and pigments. I attended a workshop with Leah Macdonald who is an incredible photographer and encaustic artist. I would encourage you to take some time and check out her work. The piece shown here is 8″x10″ and one I made at the workshop. It’s an inkjet print glued to a 1/2″ plywood substrate with a hot wax pour and painted with oils. The scan does a good job at showing the painting but what’s missing are all of the wonderful textures created by manipulating the wax. Each piece is truly unique and I’m excited about doing more work using my new found knowledge.
Back for the third year !!!
Working with two outstanding figure models, a small gathering of photographers will explore a variety of lighting sets and the merits of each. Lighting techniques will be demonstrated in conjunction with finished images and each photographer will have opportunities to work with these sets as well as incorporating some of there own ideas. Each photographer will have plenty of one on one shooting time with each model. To maximize shooting time there will be two sets in the studio running simultaneously. Bill will provide hands on training in the use of studio equipment, directing the model, and realizing the vision.
Featuring two outstanding figure models. Zoe West (MM 1089400) and Breanna Marie (MM 3239546)
For additional details and registration please click here M Pannier Workshops.
Things really started to ramp up for me in 2008. I met and collaborated with some fantastic people.
From now until the end of December I’m offering a 20% discount on all print and note card orders. Most of the images on my web site and blog are available for both prints and note cards. The note cards are approximately 6″ x 4-1/2″, blank inside, include an envelope and are individually packaged. Note cards retail for $8.75 each are are reduced to $7.00 each for the holidays. Prints are available in 8-1/2″ x 11″ or 13″ x 19″ with some white space around the image. Prints retail for $300.00 each and are available for $240.00 each for the holidays. Each print ordered will be shipped with a matching note card. All prints and note cards are printed by me. Prints are on Epson Hot Press Natural matte paper using Epson archival inks. Only available in the continental United States.
Free shipping on orders of $600.00 or more. Contact me via email for ordering.
My first trip to Death Valley was in October, 2013 and I was overwhelmed by the vastness and beauty of this natural wonderland. One of the places we visited was Mesquite Dunes which is a popular place because of it’s beauty and accessibility. I don’t know the exact size of the area catered by these dunes but suffice to say that it’s extremely large with some of the dunes rising 40-50 feet high. There’s also a lot of mesquite trees which are fascinating survivors. Their roots can go 100 feet deep or more to find water.
With adrenaline flowing I walked out on the dunes and started photographing. It wasn’t long before I realized that my pictures were crap and that this natural wonder that I loved so much was in fact a huge challenge to for me. I could not figure out how to make strong images and was so discouraged that I did not want to return to the dunes that week.
Fast forward to March, 2014 and my second trip to Death Valley. Of course we spent a lot of time at the dunes. The possibilities are really endless when you spend the time and explore. I faced my dune demons and put forth as much effort as I could to make some strong images. I did come away with one really strong image that was in fact the strongest image of the week for me. I expect a lot of myself so I was just slightly satisfied but encouraged that I would conquer these demons.
Fast forward once again to October, 2014 and my third trip to DeathValley. Back to the dunes for both sunrise and sunset shooting on the same day. I felt much more comfortable and relaxed this time around. I was focused looking for shapes, lines, textures, highlights and shadows hoping to bring them all together. The three images below are from this most recent trip and I’m extremely happy with them, however there are many more images to be had and a few more demons to conquer.
As artists we have to take risks if we’re going to make any progress and tap into our emotions and feelings. It’s a risk simply to put the work out there for public consumption in this Internet age where thousands can see it. Putting the work out there is putting ourselves out there. The risk I’m feeling here is exposing my older work to the public.
In the process of selecting images to put up on Saatchi Art for print sales it occurred to me that it would be interesting to take a look back and show some work from each of the past seven years. Every time I take a look back through my work I’m blown away by the incredibly talented models that have stepped in front of my camera. They deserve much of the credit for the work we produced together.
The images below represent my favorites from 2007 and those that have experienced some level of success.
One of things we’re always looking for when traveling to areas with clear air are sunsets. We typically arrive about an hour ahead of the scheduled sunset, select a good location, set up and wait. We’re obviously reliant on nature to gives us a show and it does not always happen. One has to do the work and be in position should it happen. We’ve had nights where we got nothing and nights where our efforts were rewarded.
Monday was an extremely full day. To say we did a lot is an understatement so I’ll likely have additional Monday posts. One of the places we visited was the charcoal kilns. These kilns are located at somewhere between 6,000 – 7,000 feet elevation. Up where there are trees and snow in the winter. They were used to make charcoal for fuel for the miners and were last used about 130 years ago. Despite the age there is still a lot of ash around and when you walk into them the smell of the charcoal is strong.
We arrived in Death Valley on Sunday October 12, 2014 to find an unusual haze in the air. It was extremely windy so a lot of dust was being kicked up. With a limited amount of time before sunset we headed off to Badwater as it is fairly close to our hotel. This was shot just before reaching The Devil’s Golf Course. The sun was sinking fast s we pulled off the road and had a go at making some pictures. When shooting landscapes you’re at the mercy of nature and must take what is given and make something of it.