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It's hard to believe 2018 is nearly over already! It's certainly been a busy one. With so much going on I had to be a selective in the exhibitions I submitted to this year, but I still managed to exhibit 13 images in 6 galleries across 3 US States!
A highlight of the year was my vacation to Japan in the spring, and I've used some of my photos from that trip to create my 2019 calendar. As you may know, my annual calendar has become something of a tradition over the years. I usually pick a theme that is somewhat abstract so it should be no surprise that Impressions of Japan is not a simple travel calendar - each image reflects an aspect of Japanese culture as I experienced it. These are now available to everyone via Magcloud for the ridiculously low price of just $10. Click below if you'd like to check it out.
My final exhibition of the year is "Surreal" which opens on December 20th ( and runs through January 27, 2019) at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont. My image "Breath of God" was selected by the juror/curator of this exhibition, photographer Ralph Hassenpflug. This picture (it's natural - no trickery!) was taken while on a visit to Prague last year. I noticed this strange effect (caused by the wind creating a low pressure outside the building, I think) as I walked past, so I hung out and waited for it to happen again ...and waited ...and waited. With much patience I eventually got lucky -- the wind blew again and I got the shot!
Breath of God
Other exhibitions I participated in this year are shown below and in many cases exhibition catalogs are available from the respective galleries. In addition, the Bay Area Photographers Collective (BAPC) - a community of about 25 local photographers here in the San Francisco Bay Area - of which I am one - has published its 2018 yearbook including several of my images. (available from Blurb):
Do check out the calendar and catalogs (you can browse online - no need to buy!)
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! Here's to a creative 2019!
February-March: A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas "Chair"
June-July: Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont "Personal Perspective"
July-August: Cordon-Potts Gallery, San Francisco CA "Tipping Point"
September-October: Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, California "Of Dreams and Reality"
Wanna see more photos? New stuff? Experiments? Images that didn't make my website?
If so, you can now follow me on Instagram - I'll be trying to put something new out there every couple of days or so.
I really wasn't sure what sort of thing to post at first. Some artists post finished work. Some post photos of their cat. In the end I finally decided to just go my own way! "Miscellaneous" is the theme. Enjoy!
Click the link below to get started!
We are already well into 2018 and so much has happened, in life and photography.
The BAPC exhibition "AnthropoScene" just closed after a successful run at the ARC Gallery in San Francisco. 14 of us had images in the show, which looked great and got some good foot traffic in the South-of-Market area of the city.
I'm thrilled to have work in another show at the A Smith gallery in Johnson City Texas. The latest exhibition is "Chair", juried by S Gayle Stevens. Two of my images "Clean Area" and "A Disreputable History" have been accepted into the show.
For those visiting Texas:
The Darkroom Gallery in Vermont re-opens after a break, and starts a new year, with its 100th exhibition "Open 2018". The full exhibition can be seen online here. I have two images, "Vanishing Point #1" and "Above and Behind", in the show.
For those visiting Vermont:
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News from Vermont and Texas!
In Vermont one of my mannequin pictures from 2009 is finally in an exhibition! It just goes to show that it's never too late. The juror was William Albert Allard, National Geographic photographer. My image "Models" is in the exhibition "Multiples" which runs until October 22 (and may be extended further) at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont.
The catalog is available here: A really fun mix of work.
In Texas, one of my crazy minimalist pictures from Iceland has been juried into the show "Vistas" at the A Smith gallery in Johnson City, TX (just outside Austin). My image is titled "Moons of Jupiter" (I'm a space fan - and was inspired by the end of the amazing Cassini mission to Saturn). If you wonder what this is (spoiler alert!) - it's just a roadside puddle with some rocks and a reflection!
Moons Of Jupiter
Last Chance To See: "Places of Change" at the Pina Zangaro gallery in San Francisco runs through October 19th (ring the bell to be let in in if the door is closed!).
Opening Soon: The traveling exhibition "TPS:26 The International" will be The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, TX, November 22, 2017, through January 27, 2018
Yes it's Summertime, and if you're hot, the galleries are cool!
What's up this month?
1) I have 2 pieces in a new exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont (details below).
2) Last chance to see: "Historic Gardens of the World" at Filoli house in Woodside CA. The exhibition is up until Sunday August 6th. It's a mixed media exhibition in the Filoli visitor and information center. (Note that you don't need to purchase admission to the house, just to see the exhibition) (I have 3 images in the show. Details in earlier posts)
3) The show "Reflect and Engage" at The Image Flow in Mill Valley, CA. is still on until August 25th. (Including one image of mine. See details in earlier posts)
4) The exhibition "TPS 26 - The International Competition" was extended through July 30 at the Wayne Stark Galleries in College Station, TX. Now the show moves on to Precision Camera & Video in Austin, TX—where it will hang in their gallery from August 14 through September 29, 2017. Next on the traveling circuit will be The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, TX, November 22, 2017, through January 27, 2018, followed by Options Gallery at Odessa College in Odessa, TX, where it concludes in spring 2018. (I have 2 images in this show)
I hope your summer is going well!
NEW: "Portals" at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
A portal can be an architectural feature: a gate, a doorway, a window, a mirror, or a tunnel, that frames or isolates or adds a new dimension to the image. In a fictional sense, a portal is also a magical doorway that connects two locations in space or time. This new exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery explores all those aspects. I have two images in the show: One in the gallery, and one in the online annexe. The show runs from August 16, 2017 - September 9, 2017.
The full exhibition can be seen online here: https://photoplacegallery.com/portals/
A full color catalog is available from Blurb books:
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