Portes et Fenêtres de Provence

I recently visited the South of France on a family vacation spending some time exploring the French Riviera and the beautiful villages and countryside that is Provence.  The food, the wine and most of all the people made this an incredibly exciting and enjoyable trip. The French were extremely friendly and and kind making the trip that much more comfortable.  This was not a photography trip but I could not resist the old buildings and architecture. Specifically the doors and windows.

 

Nocturnes – Juried Exhibition

I’m honored to have one of my images selected for inclusion in this exhibit at the SE Center for Photography. Juror Harold Davis, photographer, educator and author selected 35 images inspired by the darkness.

This picture was mad in October, 2013 at The Alabama Hills which are foot hills to the Eastern Sierras. Four of us drove up into the hills after dark in hopes of finding nocturnal photographic opportunities. As fate would have it, we were incredibly fortunate to discover a mostly clear sky with just enough cloud cover to add drama.  The moon was full and extremely bright.  So bright in fact that we needed no headlights while driving. We all set up our tripods and cameras and a collective WOW could be heard when we began to photograph. The moonlight was magical and lit up the landscape as if it were daytime.

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Award Winner

One of my images of Zoe has won an award at the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition in New Hope, PA.  It’s always a thrill and honor to have work selected for inclusion in exhibitions and even more so when an award is won.  Props go out to my collaborator Zoe West on this image. She’s a joy to work with and a fantastic model.

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Something New – Wrapped

I’ve been working on the Something New project for a little over two years and wrapped up the final shoot this past Saturday. I have mixed feelings about it but it’s time to move it to the next chapter in it’s life.  I have about 50 images to narrow down to about 20-25 and complete final edits and sequencing. The entire portfolio was shot in natural light at varying times throughout the two years so it’s a bit tricky to achieve a precise consistent color palette. Final decisions will be made using prints as computer displays vary so much that it’s largely a waste of time. Not sure what the next chapter holds, could be a book or exhibition. Depends on the final selections and me convincing people that the work is strong.

This last shoot was very special to me with deeply felt feelings and emotions.  My model is a dear friend whom I’ve not seen in a few years. Time can get away from us and many of us get busy and don’t place enough importance on staying in touch with good friends.  I’m working hard to change that.

Model credit: Nori, AKA Critter

Something New – Recent Works

About six months ago I made a serious commitment to enhancing and improving my Something New portfolio.  Much work remains around shooting, editing and sequencing for me to consider this project worthy of consideration as a cohesive body of work.

I was incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity to work with two models together, something the project has not experienced until now. Floofie and Olive came over and we went to work. The entire shoot was focused on making pictures for this portfolio. These are the first edits from the session and I feel very good about them.  More to come…..

Bits and Pieces – Updates

My “Bits and Pieces” project began a few years ago and was limited to images in and around my home containing images of mostly small objects and things. I often roll through my image library looking for inspiration or images I may have overlooked.  I found one from 2013 that was shot outdoors in West Chester, PA and the decision to include it with “Bits and Pieces” was obvious.

Zinn – Recent Works

A number of years ago I worked with Zinn for the first time and was amazed by the work that she put into modeling, every detail is critical and important to her.  Since then we’ve worked together on many occasions. Recently we had an opportunity to collaborate in the studio and test a few concepts that I had rolling around in my head. I’ll often shoot new concepts in an effort to determine if it’s something with potential and worthy of becoming a project.

Something New – Recent Works

I’ve been working hard at expanding and enhancing this portfolio. Two new additions that I feel are very strong.

Kim Weston – Nude Workshop

I was incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity to travel to Carmel, CA to attend a Kim Weston workshop.  Kim is the grandson of Edward Weston who is one of the pioneers and masters of photography who I’ve admired and studied for years. The workshop was held at Wildcat Hill which was the home of Edward Weston.  The experience of being in this house and Edward’s darkroom was, to say the least, a bit overwhelming. The history of Wildcat Hill and the people who have walked the grounds and been in the house can be difficult to wrap ones head around. The energy was soft but ever present and strong. Kim and his wife Gina were wonderful hosts and I thank them for their generosity and hospitality. Kim and Gina always have a mystery guest photographer come in on Saturday evening to show some work and discuss it and photography in general.  It was a treat to meet Huntington Witherill, see his work and chat about photography. Please take some time and look at his work.

It was a weekend without the noise and distractions of the Internet and cell phones which was incredibly refreshing.  Kim has a wonderful teaching style that made it extremely easy to absorb what he was saying. Simple yet powerful. I found myself exploring my own thoughts and beliefs of what strong photographs are to a much deeper level hopefully working this into my work going forward.  I’ve always believed in workshops and educational venues and events taught by experienced working artists to be incredibly valuable in enhancing my journey and improving my work. I found myself open to concepts and ideas that I would likely not explored if I had not attended the workshop.  It will not radically change or alter my work but will enhance it and hopefully add some elements that will strengthen it. Along with the new openness came some validation of my current approach and beliefs which helped me gain some overall confidence in my work.

Below are a few select images from the workshop.

On Being a Student

I’ve been making photographs ever since I was very young and have always been fascinated with them. As I grew older I decided to make a serious commitment to the art of photography and set out to learn and practice.

Quite a few years ago a friend of mine recommended the Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops). He told me I would never be the same after attending a workshop there. He was correct beyond anything I could have imagined. I knew that I wanted to use great care in selecting not only the workshop but also the instructor. I went about looking at the available workshops knowing that I wanted to improve my vision, my ability to see photographically. The workshop I chose was The Photographer’s Eye taught by Cig Harvey. I had studied Cig’s work in the selection process and was immediately drawn to it. At the time it was all black and white and largely self-portraits. It was beautiful, elegant, simple, sophisticated and spoke loudly to me with the stories it told. The workshop was one of the best weeks of my life and my decision was validated. What I learned that week set a strong foundation for the work I would do going forward. A foundation that serves me well to this day and will no doubt continue to do so. This was the summer of 2003.

Fast-forward to April, 2016 and another critical decision I made. This one was made much faster with little research or thought. I decided to attend a Kim Weston Nude workshop. Kim is the grandson of Edward Weston and the workshop was held at Wildcat Hill, Edward’s home. Kim and his wife Gina now live there and the estate has become their home and base or operations for Kim’s work.

Prior to attending this workshop I felt my work being influenced by a lot of what was going on around me and was on a wiggly road. I knew I wanted and needed to exit this road so this was the basis for my decision to attend. I was not sure specifically what I needed but knew I needed something. The workshop turned out to be exactly what I needed and shifted both me and my work to a better place. Hopefully my work will advance to a higher level.

I have always considered myself a student when it comes to photography and my art. Learn, practice and study and then do it again and again and recognize when you need something outside of your normal routine to bring your work to a higher level.

This image is one of my favorites from the workshop.

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