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…

Happy Places

For the 3rd year running, the mayor of West Monroe has mounted an art show in the lobby outside her office on the 2nd floor of the West Monroe city hall. And… for the 3rd year running, I am happy to be in the show! This year’s theme is “Your Happy Place.” Before I moved to Louisiana some 20+ years ago, the idea that swamp could be a “happy place” for me was…, well, a non-starter. Period. And I think I have said before in this space that coming to think of Louisiana’s swamps as “beautiful” took a few years….

Michelangelo’s Sisters

Did you know there was a time when women were not allowed to attend the same art schools that men attended? A time when a woman studying how to paint the human figure by painting a nude model was simply unthinkable? In fact, I do not know if Michelangelo had sisters, but I use that for my presentation title because many, many very accomplished women artists of the past were able to become artists only because they were the sisters and daughters of men artists. And some of them did learn to paint nudes! Did you know that one of…