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Reflections

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On a bitterly cold day along the Hudson River in New York City, crowds gathered by the railing to await the sunset. The incoming storm clouds that filled the sky created a spectacular view that did not disappoint the shivering onlookers. When the sun had finally descended below the horizon, people scattered in search of warmth. It was then that the real show began for those of us lucky enough to still be around for it. Everything mixed together with the twilight sky. As I was shooting the scene before me, I noticed a hint of color out of the corner of my eye and I looked behind seeing a magical scene: the sky, harbor and river being reflected in a piece of old wavy window glass. I quickly pressed the shutter and captured the image above.

Look up, down and all around, the images surround you.

Art Healing the Artist

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I recently attended a workshop that asked participants to explore “What is the place of art in our lives today?”.  We spent time together photographing, discussing and then creating our own stories of how art impacts lives through composite photographs.. For this image I turned the lens on myself, telling my story.

I have always enjoyed being a photographer illuminating the world with my humble lens, but when the world collapsed around me, I got lost and afraid and laid my camera down. Ironically, it was my photography that pulled me back up and helped me learn to live again and see the world in all its glistening light. As artists, we sometimes want to hide from the most powerful healing agent there is: our own ability to create and thrive and be.

Dreams do come true

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Never in my wildest dreams did I believe my work would appear in a museum, but dreams do come true.

The "Making Art from the Museum to the Streets" workshop offered by the Allentown Museum (Allentown, PA) asked participants to explore “What is the place of art in our lives today?”.  For three days we wandered and photographed Allentown and shared our own stories. We were then asked to create a story, using a composite photograph, of how art impacts our lives today. I called my  piece, "Art Healing the Community", for while wandering the city, I was continuously struck by the shadow cast on Allentown and in particular the museum by the county jail. I wanted this piece to represent how art could heal those in jail, as well as the community where the crimes occurred.

Letting go

Several years ago I made one of my favorite pictures, abandoned buildings covered with graffiti and rust, in San Antonio. On a recent trip, I was excited to return to the location to capture the shot that got away. Instead of finding run down buildings, a new restaurant occupied the spot. Besides enjoying the food, what to do. I threw away my preconceptions and allowed myself to see what was before me, rather then what had been.

 

 

 

 

Look up, down and all around

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Several years ago I photographed the Grand Canyon from various vista points, capturing the views as they stretched before and below me. Towards the end of the trip I began to lookup as well. At Desert View Watchtower framed by passing clouds and at the murals painted on the ceilings within. As I continued to wander, light from above caught my attention. Looking up I saw a glass ceiling illuminating stonewalls aged by time and the elements much like the Grand Canyon walls below me.

Look up, look down, look all around, the images surround you.

Things I Don't Photograph Project: Landscapes

I don't feel comfortable photographing people and landscapes. I know what I like: architecture, reflections, color, and zooming in close, so that's what I shoot. 

My challenge this year is to photograph things that make me uncomfortable and share them. Here's the first in my Things I Don't Photoghraph Project.

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