My best?

Well, so far! At least as measured by invitation into juried art shows. I’ve been seriously submitting my photography to competitive art shows since soon after I retired from full-time teaching in summer 2017. Calculating an overall rate of acceptance is impossible because I don’t have complete records for the first couple of years, but I can say that in 2021, my work was invited into a bit under half of the shows to which I applied. More interesting to me: I noticed that whereas some images got invited more than once, others I thought just as good or better…

#YearInReview: June, 2021

Have you ever paid attention to sand? Its colors and textures? The patterns derived from its interaction with water, especially waves? If you haven’t, do it. See, I’ve never been a beach person. That’s primarily because before becoming a devoted naturalist, the only purpose I knew for a beach was to lie on it to get a tan. But I was a fair child and teenager and the only thing lying on a beach ever got me was a serious sunburn. Today, I simply haven’t the patience for it. Boring. But… I have always loved being near the ocean, hearing…

On Living

Hearts Need Art is a nonprofit in San Antonio, TX, that makes engagement with the arts real and accessible to people facing life-altering health challenges. They are in the business of “creat[ing] moments of joy, self-expression and connection” with patients in healthcare settings through individual and group arts activities, visual, verbal and musical. What a wonderful vision and mission! I am honored to be in their current online art exhibition, and even more to have been awarded an Honorable Mention by juror Christopher Rabb. The theme of the online show is “I no longer fear death, I fear not living.”…

Foto Booth Fun

So… I’m an outdoor photographer, primarily. I prefer working with natural light. Frankly, I prefer non-human subjects, because they never complain that my photos make their butt look big or that their hair is a mess or that they don’t photograph well, and on and on. But last week I tried something new: For the Downtown Ruston Wine Walk, I did a photo booth at Ruston Artisans. It was a barrel of fun! I mostly took pictures of folks with their own cell phones, but Kathy Stepp and her husband Terry posed for me to test my set-up and lighting….