Life Above

If you know me, or have been following my work, you may be aware that I have a slight obsession with aircraft contrails. As well as the mysterious unpredictability of these signs of the life that is constantly passing over our heads, I always think of the people that these trails represent and the trajectory of their various lives, as they sit in transit from one place to another.  I also imagine those people looking down at the landscape below – and the fact that they can’t see me – or any of the many others who see their passing.

Clearing

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This is another of those images. All those ideas of the lives passing overhead are juxtaposed with the bleak ordinariness of the scene on the ground. As I took this photograph it reminded me a little of an urban version of a jungle clearing. A small opening in the forest where one can see the sky.

And in this case, the sky is looking back.

Mysterious Visions

I’ve had the good luck to have work selected for several juried exhibitions at the Photoplace Gallery in Vermont over the last 12 months, but this one (opening today)  is simply extraordinary.  Images for this exhibition were selected by Emma Powell, an award winning photographer and educator, who’s work can be seen in publications and collections around the world. The chosen images were selected to work together as a group – both on the walls of the gallery and in the exhibition catalog. The quality is stunning and I’m left wondering what mine is doing in such august company!

They also did a fantastic job of the catalog, click on the cover below to view.

This show, MYSTERIOUS VISIONS: Dreams, Fantasies and Mirages, runs from April 23rd to May 18th, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.

My image, which was selected for gallery exhibition, as well as online, is: “The Patient Spirit”

The Patient Spirit

Click here to see the image in my gallery.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and as always, you can order your own copy, if you like the show!):

Mysterious Visions: Exhibition Catalog

If you love photography as art, this one is not to be missed. Please take a look.

Tree Time

The new season of Doctor Who has just begun – and that’s got me thinking about time.

Evening. Winter. San Francisco.

See this image in the Gallery.

It’s interesting to look at the featured image for April (made on the roof of SMOMA a few weeks ago) with time in mind..

Naturally, a photograph freezes a moment in time, and most photographers are familiar with Cartier-Bresson’s aphorism, “the decisive moment”. In this image, however, the signs of time are less precise – evoking a general feeling rather than capturing split-second action.

The shadow is high on the wall, the light is warm and the tree branches are clearly without leaves. That doesn’t tell you everything, but those clues do work in your subconscious to give a sense of when the picture was taken and what it might have felt like to be there on that day – even though what you are looking at is – after all – just a picture of a blank wall!

(And in case you wondered, the person who’s shadow you can see is not the photographer …the original image was actually taken at an oblique angle and “corrected” in post-processing to appear face-on.)

Feedback and comments welcome, as always.

Signs of Spring

I don’t often work in black and white since I feel color is such an integral part of our world, but sometimes, when a scene is otherwise flat and lifeless and color doesn’t define the image, I’ll try a conversion to monochrome just to see how it looks. Occasionally, as in this case, the result is a new perspective on the subject that works better than color.

In this image, a winter sky and leafless foliage cast a uniform grey light over a gradually thawing frozen lake. The revealed water has become a mirror whose reflections merge seamlessly with those inside the waterlogged canoe.

For me, black-and-white seems to better capture that end-of-winter feeling which sees the first signs of victory in the battle against the frost before the real arrival of spring.

Ice, Receding

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This is my featured image for March. Hope you like it!

The Magic of Light

Sure, we all know that light makes photographs, but sometimes light plays a special – even magical – role that transforms an image from the ordinary to the extraordinary. I am lucky enough to have one of my images selected a new exhibition at Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury Vermont (in the online annexe) that explicitly seeks our these magical moments. Images for this excellent exhibition were selected by the juror, Aline Smithson, who is an award winning fashion photographer, founder of Lenscratch blogzine, as well as a respected curator and teacher.

This show, THE MAGIC OF LIGHT, runs from March 1st to March 27th, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1.

Here’s my image that was selected: “Gantry”

Gantry

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and as always, you can order your own copy, if you like the show!):

Magic of Light: Exhibition Catalog

I think this a particularly strong collection. Please take a look.

Location, Location …and Timing

My featured image for February returns to the geometry of architectural detail that I seem to be drawn back to so often:

Evidence of Light

Click here to see the image in the Gallery.

I was attracted to this interesting old building here in my home town, now used for local government offices, because of its interesting nooks and crannies and the opportunity it offers for clean geometry.

However what makes this image jump out is the quality of light – a few minutes before sunset – reflected off the white paint, and the intricate shapes in the shadow detail across the balusters (not “banisters” btw  – that’s the handrail!).

The combination of this warm glow with the cool blue reflection of sky and trees in the window was irresistible, but it still took many tries to find a composition I liked.

I hope you like it too!

 

Crossing the Line

Lines are everywhere, from telephone wires to metaphorical lines in our lives.  They are also the theme of the latest exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont where, I’m pleased to say, one of my images “Wet/Dry” has been selected for the Online Annex. If you have one of my 2013 calendars you may recognize this image – it’s the one on the front cover!

This show, LINES: CROSSED AND WALKED AND OTHERWISE, runs from January 29th to February 13rd, 2013 – both in the gallery and online. (Online exhibition, gallery details and hours here).

PHOTOPLACE GALLERY
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 989 2359
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-1. 

The images for this show were selected by Kirsten Rian a Portland-based artist, photographer, writer and teacher.

Wet/Dry

Click here to see the image in the gallery.

“Wet/Dry”, shows the fine lines outlining paving and channels carrying water to the edge of a fountain area where children play in summer. At the top of the image the surface transitions to dry as people cross the boundary.

The exhibition catalog is available from Blurb, and can be seen here (…and ordered, if you like the show!):

Lines: Walked and Crossed and Otherwise: Exhibition Catalog

There’s some great work here. Please take a look.

Rust and Steel

Starting the New Year with an abstract(-ish) featured image for January:

Cutting Iron

Click here to see the image in the Gallery.

During the holiday break I came across this pile of old saw blades that had been recycled as raw material for metalwork and sculpture. As well as the abstract qualities of the image – composition, texture and color – I was attracted by the idea that these blades, which were obviously made for cutting, had themselves been cut up. In fact I was this close to naming the image “irony” (- but I thought better of it just in time! )

 

Christmas is Getting Closer…

…but there’s still time to get 30% off an Artist Print (until December 31st), and 2013 calendars are available (notecards too).

It was all in my newsletter (Read it here) (Sign up here)

2013 Calendar
Now available for all!

This year I’ve switched to a new online service so everyone who wants one can get one (or order more, if you already have one!). Unlike previous calenders, these are saddle stitched, rather than ring bound, printed on heavyweight paper, rather than thick cardstock – similar to calendars you typically see in stores.

The theme this year is “Lines and Squares” – inspired by the poem of the same name by A.A. Milne. There are 14 brand new images, covering 13 months (plus the front cover) with both US and UK holidays marked.

The 2013 calendars are available now directly from Magcloud for just $9.99 plus shipping. You can browse through the calendar and order your copy Here.

 

Holiday Offer – 30% off any Artist Print
A secret code, just for you:

To celebrate 2012 – a year which saw no fewer than 6 of my images selected for juried exhibitions across the country, I want to close the year with a special offer for anyone who would like an exhibition quality print of their own.

Artist prints are hand made by me in my studio, signed and matted using 100% archival quality materials, ready for you to frame. The larger sizes are offered as limited editions of 15 or 25.

Just choose an image from absoluteblank.com and enter the code EXPOSE30 at checkout. (But don’t procrastinate too long – this code expires on Dec 31!)