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….

Off to the Midwest

The Midwest likes my art. Makes sense. I’m a Midwesterner by birth. And still talk like one, according to my Southerner friends! Yesterday I sent Peace Offering II on its way to “Art of Photography 2022,” hosted by the Prairie Village City Council at 7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. This is their 5th annual juried photography competition. It opens May 9 and runs through the end of June. This year’s juror was Angie Jennings. Two pieces made it into the “April Group Art Show” at the Jones Gallery in the Crossroads arts district of Kansas City, Missouri. David Jones’…