“Unique,” Indeed

Many years ago when I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, a teacher of photojournalism helped me discover my passion for photography. I mean, I knew I like taking pictures and had since I was a kid. But it had never occurred to me that I was “creative” or could do anything remotely “artistic.” She encouraged me to see otherwise. I became a bit of a darkroom phenom. (Yes, I’m talking about the days of analog photography and wet darkrooms.) One of my classmates once told me he thought I could make a good print from a cardboard…

Two Online

I’m a bit behind. Somehow this blog, which I really love doing, often goes begging for lack of time. So here are a couple of online shows I’m way overdue to tell about. Celebration of Art 2020 was an all-media national show that began August 18 and ended yesterday, October 14. It was hosted by the Marin Society of Artists in San Rafael, Ca. My image in the show was “The Way of Grass 3,” and its another example of one of my favorite photographic experiences: finding the beauty in something mundane. This photograph was made in February of this…

Good News Doubled

Good news came twice this week, in forms that illustrate both the unity and the diversity of my life in photography. How gratifying! First came a letter from TAG at 120 ART in Taylor, TX. Dune Jazz, one of my pieces invited into that gallery’s “Far Country” national juried competition, had tied for 3rd place. Out of the letter fell a gift card I will definitely enjoy spending! A photograph winning a prize in a national competition is a real boost to self-confidence. It goes a long way toward easing the self-doubt that comes with the inevitable rejection letters that…

Off to Far Country

From the moment I saw the call to submit to a show called “Far Country,” I was intrigued but wary. I don’t do much in the order of traditional travel &/or landscape photography. My landscapes tend to be more intimate and “state-of-mind” points of view But upon reading the call carefully and reflecting on it, I decided to give it a go and submitted the requisite three images. Imagine my delight when two were invited into the show! “Edge of Fangorn” is a good example of what I mean. I sat in my car at the edge of the Kisatchie…

Nothing in Nature Clashes

This show is positively made for me! And I am extremely pleased to have two images in the show. But before I go a word further, I must warn my friend Lauri Bauer Novak, and any other snake-phobic friends I might have, that there’s a picture of a snake at the very end of this post! Contrary to what many might assume, dead and dying plants can be quite beautiful. “Peach Champagne III” results from a late autumn stop at a small cleared space surrounded by woods near Farmerville, La. I was struck by how the afternoon sun produced shades…