Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Out to Dinner with Friends

Yesterday, a friend and shooting buddy of mine, Tazz Taz, was in town so we decided to meet up for dinner and a catch up. It's really interesting to me when photographers get together, because the conversation always runs to wild things. We talk about places we've been, places we want to go, old times, good times, bad times, new work, and just generally catch up. It's always refreshing for me to go to these sorts of outings too because I really feel like I get a break from the world and get to catch up with good friends. Usually, we go to some great restaurants as well. As they say in some of the trades, we photographers, well, we "clean up well." It was great catching up with Tazz Taz and meeting her photographer friend Vi. We had a great time, the food was great, the memories wonderful, and we decided we would try and travel a bit more in the near future. Tazz Taz was one of the "gimp squad" from our original workshop with the wonderful and talented Elizabeth Opalenik. A few years ago, we decided to leave the confines of Santa Fe and met up in Whidbey Island. Instead of opting for a hotel, we all chipped in and rented a house from one of the web services that do this nowadays. It worked out quite wonderfully, as we ended up with a four bedroom house, right on the water, in the beautiful town of Langley. It was a great call and we really enjoyed our time in the house as well as on the island.

So, we got to talking last night and it came up that I've been itching to go to Oregon in some form or another and Tazz Taz suggested we maybe try the same deal. We could get three or four (or ?) folks together, rent a house, maybe in a place like Astoria, on the coast, and then go shooting together and just catch up. It would be a great way to get some photography in and get out of the hot summer, not to mention explore a new location.

If anybody is interested in joining in on the fun, do please let me know. We're seriously thinking about heading out that way over the summertime if we can manage it. Of course, we talked about some other places. Colorado, Montana, and a few others jump out at us, but the Astoria setup might be an ideal trial run (or second run really, since we went to Whidbey for starters.)

Hit me up if you are so-inclined and we'll see if we can make this happen. As a reminder, I'm going to be headed up the New Hampshire and Maine coast over the next few days so look for some work from up that way (perhaps) and probably news about the show in Dover at the gallery sometime soon. In case you're wondering, yes, this means there will be no opportunity weekend this week but I promise to start that back up as soon as my travel schedule will allow.

Until next time...

PS This one taken outside the Austin restaurant Dai Due, which is a farm to table experience type place. Nice food, fresh, and local over on the east side of town. This shot taken by Vi and then Snapseeded by yours truly. (Thanks, Vi!)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - May 13, 2018

Some old growth and new water for you to get after this weekend. Here are some opportunities for you:
I hope you are out enjoying spring and getting your work out there as well.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Eight Photographers in China

No, this is not the setup for a funny joke (although, come to think of it, I did have some funny jokes after coming back from China) rather this is the announcement for our upcoming show. The show will feature the work of eight photographers and will be held at the Camera Commons Gallery in Dover, NH. The show is slated to open on May 19th and run through June 30th.

There will be an opening reception and artist panel discussion on May 19th from 1-4 pm. The panel discussion starts at 2pm. The opening will feature Chinese music and food. There is no cost to attend the opening so I hope that, if you're reading this in the great Boston area, you might stop by and have a look at the images on display.

Look for more details on the show here and, yes, this means I'll be traveling up to the New Hampshire/Maine border for the opening festivities. It's back to the granite state for me and I do hope to see you there.

Until next time...

Friday, April 27, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - April 27, 2018

You might find some great opportunities lurking just beyond the tall grass. OK, so my metaphors are getting a bit stale but, hey, it's time once again for opportunity weekend and that never grows old. (Ugh! See what I did there?) Before we go further down this rabbit hole (!) here are some opportunities for you this weekend:
That's a few opportunities sprouting up this springtime.

Until next time...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - April 22, 2018

There are some EGGcelent opportunities for you this weekend. Enjoy!
Lots of calls out there if you are ready to roll. G'luck!

Until next time...

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - April 1, 2018

Close up detail of a vibrant pink daisy in the springtime at the Hill Country Water Gardens in Cedar Park, Texas
It's Easter Sunday, happy Easter, happy Passover, and happy Holy Week for those who celebrate. May your Holy Week be filled with blessings and light. For all of the exhibiting artists out there, some wonderful opportunities for you to hop after this week:
That's a lot to hop after this week. Good luck!

Until next time...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Photographer As Trophy Hunter

Exploding bright pink blossom, a first sign of spring in Cedar Park, Texas
The other day, I responded to a question posed by the wonderful Andy Adams of Flak Photo fame. Andy had asked the Internet, "I'm reading a book about record collectors, American music, and the impulse to collect cultural experiences. Naturally, I'm drawing parallels to our compulsion to make pictures. I wonder, [photographers]: Do you consider yourselves collectors? Is image making like field recording?"

My immediate response was, "I think a lot of photog have bucket lists. You know they want to shoot...this or that. I have always considered it a more humane (possibly?) form of trophy hunting but perhaps that’s just me?" I didn't think it would garner such a response, but it turns out I must have struck a nerve (I mean that in a good way.) A lot of photographers really are trophy hunters in an odd sort of a way. I mean, we do go out into the world with these sort of "bucket lists," you know what I'm talking about here, things like, "I want to shoot the Statue of Liberty," or "I want to shoot a canal in Venice," or maybe, "I want a shot of the Grand Canyon." The specifics of it don't matter really, it's more the notion that we have these bucket lists, of sorts, and we approach the world wanting to check off items on out bucket lists. Once we get said item, and shoot it (with a camera, I'm talking photography here) it's akin to a trophy hunter killing a large beast with horns. We proudly display the finished product, our image, and it gives us a sense of fulfillment. We feel better about ourselves because we bagged one of our trophies, so to speak. To me, I do think the process is a bit akin to trophy hunting in a roundabout sort of a way, although (perhaps?) fewer animals are killed in the process.

This got me to thinking. Would we be better photographers if we opted to forgo the trophy hunting and instead focus on making the personal statement? Are images made as part of the trophy hunting "process" (if you want to call it that) any better (or worse?) than those made just out of boredom or passion or for whatever other reason we might opt to pickup the camera that day? (Money comes to mind, but there are others too.) I don't know that there is an easy answer to this, but it's an interesting question to ponder for a bit.

Speaking personally, I do know that a lot of folks have told me I do better work in the studio-that actually a lot of my "better" work comes when I'm at home, playing around, experimenting really with things about my home studio. I guess maybe I'm free to play in that arena and the pressure of success is a bit off of me there so I'm more freed up and better able to dive in and get better shots? I don't know for certain, as I'm not even fully convinced I'm better in the studio vs. in the field. These questions do have me thinking along these lines though. It's an interesting introspection to say the least. I know I too have what one might call photographic "bucket lists" or things I'd love to photograph, people I'd love to shoot (again, with a camera here, although...nah, kidding, kidding. Camera only, folks!) I do tend to think we can get lost in the trophy hunting aspect of photography and maybe, as part of that, lose a little bit of ourselves in the process. I mean, is our artistic voice impacted by this bucket list maintenance and the process of trophy hunting? I would tend to think so but it's definitely something to ponder a bit more.

Just something to think about a little bit as you might be making travel plans for the year or embarking upon new photographic projects. Are you doing this because you have some desire to check off a box on a list of things you've always wanted to do? Or is it more a heartfelt desire to explore a subject more deeply? Photographer as trophy hunter really does seem to be an apt description these days and I'm not entirely sure this is a bad (or good) thing really. Still thinking this one through and thanks to Andy Adams for bringing it to my attention there.

Feel free to drop me a note with your thoughts on this, as I'm curious and open to different opinions here.

Until next time...