Sunday, September 30, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - September 30, 2018

A beautiful water lily from a pond at the Hill Country Water Gardens in Cedar Park, Texas
I'm always happy to share show news with you. This week I was contacted by not one, not two, but three different people who informed me that this "Opportunity Weekend" series helped them get their work out there, secure some shows, and the like.  Now, I usually share news of my shows (if you are not familiar with the places I've shown my work, you can check them out here) but this week I'm over the moon happy about being able to share this fact with you. I love, love, love hearing about shows you have gotten into and please do let me know if you have secured anything from reading this series. It helps make the journey for me all that much more valuable, knowing that I might have had a small part in helping somebody else out along the way. Congrats to all who have gotten their work out and, good news aside, here are some more shows you can get after this week:
That's a bunch of entries for you to get after this week. I wish you the best of luck and please do let me know if you land anything so I can help spread the good news and cheer you on.

Until next time...

PS This one from the water gardens, last of the water lilies enjoying our overcast weather. Canon 5DS with a 100mm lens. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

If You Want Me I'll Be Hiding in the Palapa Next to the Giant Head

A giant Head in the garden surrounded by items with price tags. Weirdness abounds.
In the "everything has a price including, it would appear, my head" department, I went over to the water gardens for some shooting this weekend. Now, I love the water gardens, don't get me wrong. And, when I say, "love," I mean like I would marry the water gardens if you know they were male and it was legal in this state. Setting my amorous feelings aside for the moment, the water gardens are in fact a magical place. There's something quite special about going there, especially on a Sunday afternoon when it's not too crowded, and just taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the place. It's like an afternoon meditation, really that is. I can't stress how much I really do love the place, jokes about weddings and whatnot aside. Now, while I do love the place, it is not entirely without it's, shall we say, "quirks." One of the "quirks" I'm talking about here, actually somewhat of a endearing quality if you will but still quirky nonetheless, is the propensity for one to happen across giant heads. Yes, I said giant heads. And I do really mean giant heads in the true form of the word. (The one you see pictured here, while still a bit large, is really only medium sized compared to some of the giant ones they tuck into the bushes at this place.)

OK, I'm going to just come out and say it. While I love, love, love the water gardens, it's a bit weird walking around this beautiful, magical, meditative place all the while freaking out about maybe, just maybe, backing into some kind of mutant giant British Isle-like green man face. It's a bit freaky if I'm being honest. This week was no exception. It started out innocent enough. It was cloudy all day on Saturday and so I got the idea to head on over there (excuse the pun.) Since it was cloudy, I thought the crowds might not be about, seeing as most folks don't want to plod through a garden center in the rain and all. The weatherman did call for clouds on Sunday, clouds but not rain, so I thought I might chance it. As luck would have it, the rain mostly held off and I did get some great shooting in (more on this to come) and it was mostly empty. Chalk one up for a great experience there.

I invited my friend Kathy to join me and she met up with me there. We were both happy to be out shooting a bit and enjoying the rather flat, soft light. It's a bit late in the season for the water flowers but there are still some up and the soft light makes for great colors. At one point, it started to rain a bit. They have a lot of garden structures there, including a giant palapa with a fake parrot and some stools tucked away inside of it. When it started to rain some, we decided to duck into the palapa to get out of the rain. I pulled up a stool and grabbed a seat and that's when I noticed it. Off to the side, near (really next to) the palapa was this giant head. It was very British Isles "Green Man" like in appearance, almost a bit freaky, and rather large. It's not everyday you bump into a giant head like this one. I found myself saying to Kathy, "that's a really cool but rather freaky giant head over there, next to our palapa." If you are ever thinking about ducking into a palapa to get out of the rain, I have to recommend you check it out for giant heads first because, you know, this is not something you really want to surprise you after you get settled in, comfortable, and all. Just a pro tip there, from me to you.

An interesting thing about the freaky giant heads is that they are, in fact, for sale. I checked the price on the giant one that was next to our palapa. While it was a wonderful head (it was probably my favorite of the bunch) it was really rather large. I tried to decide if I could move it by myself, if it would fit into my car or not, and the only answer I could come up with was, "nope. Not a chance." So, while I love, love, loved the head, I had to pass (it was $469 bucks in case you are wondering which, you know, is a lot but not really. I mean, I guess I don't really know the going rate for giant heads but, just a hunch here, I think it's probably more than that at most other garden centers. Maybe. Heck, I don't know, it's a big head man, what do you want from me, eh? How can you even begin to put a price on such a thing?)

So, there you have it. Giant heads abound, faces everywhere. Green men hiding in the bushes. And, you know, ladies too, as some of the faces are female. I guess I'd have to say the morale of this story is that, why, you never know what you might find next to your palapa. Like a good boy scout, you should always be prepared for just about anything. Either that or, you know, maybe next time pack an umbrella.

Until next time...

PS In case you're wondering, no, this is not the giant head in question although this is a big head, it's not as giant as the giant one. This one was special on account of all of the price tags. Taken with the Canon 5DS and the 100mm macro lens. F8, be there, and watch out for the dude in the forest, man!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - September 23, 2018

Don't be Koi about showing your work. Here are some opportunities for you this weekend:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to get after this week. Go out and get some, folks!

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Abandoned Buildings at the Blank Wall Gallery

Happy to announce that I will have two pieces included in the upcoming "Abandoned Buildings" exhibition at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece. The show runs from October 26th through November 7th and will include 100 images from international photographers all focusing their lenses on the beauty of abandoned buildings. The image shown here is one of the images selected for the show.

If you are in the area, the Blank Wall Gallery is located at: 55 Fokionos Negri Street 11361 - Athens - Greece or you can find them online at

I'm very excited to be part of this exhibition since the Blank Wall Gallery does so much for the international photography community. Apart from running a beautiful gallery in the heart of Athens and doing a lot to promote the work of up and coming photographers, the good folks at the gallery do not charge for submissions to their exhibitions. The way the gallery is setup, you only pay a small fee if your work is selected and this covers the printing and costs for the show. It's very reasonable. They do so much for the community in running shows like this that I am especially honored to be included in this upcoming exhibition. They really do a beautiful thing by bringing the world of photography to the viewers in a comfortable modern setting right in the heart of the walking district of Athens. I do hope you will get a chance to check out the show, even if it's just online (although, if you do make it to Athens, please let me know.) If you're a photographer why, it goes without saying really but I encourage you to enter your work for upcoming shows at the gallery. (I typically include them in my regular feature called "Opportunity Weekend" but you can also opt to receive their newsletter on their website if you are serious about exhibiting there and would like to get details about upcoming calls for entry directly from the gallery.)

From the back alleys of rural Texas to the walls of a gallery in Athens. Who knew photography could take us so far, right? I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I do.

Until next time...

PS This image taken in an abandoned schoolhouse in the rural Texas Hill Country. The poetry of emptiness is such a wonderful thing to explore.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - September 14, 2018

Diana Photo composite of houses and a Greek village in Santorini
OK, I admit it. I was up late playing with the crack app again. Can you blame me? That thing is so addictive. Those dice? Oh, don't get me started. Crack app aside, here are some opportunities for you this week:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to go out and get after this week. Go out and get some and good luck.

Until next time...

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - September 8, 2018

If you are a photographer or artist in search of galleries, publications, and the like where you can showcase your work, I present a fairly regular column called "Opportunity Weekend." The idea being these opportunities are posted over the weekend for you, so that you can send your work out and into the hands of folks looking for new work. I've had a few newcomers to the blog recently so I thought it best to explain things again, in case you were not following all along. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are some opportunities for you this weekend:
That's a lot of great opportunities this week. I hope you get out and get some.

Until next time...

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - September 1, 2018

A colorful abstract image featuring swirls of red, teal, purple and white
Opportunity comes in colors for you this week. Here are some opportunities for you:
That's a bunch of calls to get after so go on, get some.

Until next time...