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Double the Fun

Two shows kick off at near the same time! “Order/Disorder” is an online show, and it is up and running. I was so excited when jurors Virginia Becker and Giselle Obermeier picked Cat’s in the Cradle because it was one of those images I loved but that got passed over by show jurors several times. I don’t necessarily value my work according to whether it gets invited into a juried show or not, but it is always gratifying when someone else sees what I see. Cat’s in the Cradle is one of a series I call “Tracking Tide.” The series…

Winner!

Actually, for the second time, Boudoir for a Beast has received an award. The first was in a statewide competition sponsored by Louisiana Master Naturalist Association. Boudoir won in the “Wildlife” category. Just last week I learned that Boudoir won in the “It’s Alive!” category in a national competition run by Wild Ones, an organization devoted to the use and conservation of native plant species. Their competition featured numerous categories. “It’s Alive!” called for images that depict anything other than a plant at home in its native plant environment. I do not know what kind of log the ‘gator is…

From Grass to Glass

Two works, two shows in different parts of the country, one point to be made about the danger of categorizing photographers and photographs in terms of subject matter: It’s limiting. I mean, specialize if you wish, but don’t be afraid to try it all! The next task on this week’s agenda is to print and frame The way of Grass 3 and ship it off to a show called “Resplendent” at Pour-d, a new contemporary gallery in Rockford, MI. The show will run September 23 until November 4, 2022. Many thanks to the Pour-d team for selecting my work. Wild…

An Ode to Color

So… I most recently posted about my love for black & white. And I do and always will! But, of course, sometimes color wins too! Did you ever notice how colorful a construction site can be? I do love construction sites–especially those of high rise buildings in major cities. This is one reason I love shooting in Chicago. Here’s another thing I love about construction sites: What you see today is gone forever tomorrow, as soon as the hard hats get to work again. That’s why I call this series #PerformanceArt and #HardHatArt, and I have the utmost respect for…

Black & White Wins

I’ll never get over black and white! Before the days of digital, making black and white prints in a wet darkroom was one of my specialties. I had a bit of a reputation among fellow journalism students at the University of Iowa where I earned my B.A. degree. One day a classmate suggested that I could make a decent print from a cardboard negative! I doubt that, but can’t help but be proud of the sentiment. The earliest digital printers were not good for black & white. Most prints were afflicted with a magenta cast. Over and over, I heard…