Monday, July 30, 2018

Age of Protest?

Before we get to the main topic of this post, let me explain why no posts since April.  In addition to recovering (still am, more on that later) from back surgery in March, we were in the process of downsizing our old  house in Deering Center and overseeing the renovations on our new condo in Falmouth, about 5 miles north of Portland.  And we needed to fluff up our house to put it in the market.  But before we really had to start working on it, a client of our RE Agent switched agents (someone's in-law) and put in an offer for the house at asking price.  We could have been greedy, but decided to press the easy button on this.

Our contractor knew of the situation and that we needed to close mid-May or so and they needed to be finished with the 2nd story being built.  We ended up moving into the bottom floor using the guest room and it took them three, long, weeks to finally finish.  Meanwhile the brown tail moth caterpillars came to town with their invisible, toxic hairs and almost put me in a coma.  I had to go on a 10-day course of steroids it got so bad.  It continues to this day.  Apparently the invisible hairs stay toxic for THREE years.  I know, 1st world, white girl problems.

Needless to say I wasn't getting into the studio much and will spend more time here later this summer,after we return from my nephew's wedding mid month.

Here's the story of how one photographic artist is continuing her protest in our dystopian world. 

Here's a fuzzy phone photo of our sailing trip out to the Gosling Islands which are about two hours from Falmouth.  Nice trip out there and back, when the wind picked up and we could actually sail.  This is an event the Portland Yacht club puts on for their members every year... Lobster boil with corn and everyone brings a salad or app to share...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Envelope Please....

Well it didn't get that fancy that we had envelopes, but we sure had many good photographs in the Edgecomb Potters #myepgotobowl photography contest  in which they asked customers to post photos to their Facebook page.  Or was it Instagram?  Anyway, a winner was chosen in February ...
And the winner was:  Suzanne Shiff of Napa, California.  Details on the story of how she found her prized bowl here.  

You might be wondering to yourself, why Ann, what's been going on that you've been too busy to post to your photo blog?  2018 started out on a painful foot as I was dealing with back pain becoming more severe and me "auditioning" surgeons.  I spoke with a doctor in Connecticut who said try an epidural and if that doesn't fix it, how about we fuse your vertebrae together!  When I looked him in the eye and said that will put more pressure on some other areas of my back that are not bad now, why could I consent to a fusion?  He had not answer - (if you want his name, as I'd steer away from him, just contact me thru the blog here).

Then I spoke with the head of Ortho at Brigham and Women's and got the same runaround.  My final dude was a neurologist here in Maine (Scarborough working for Maine Med) who said those magic words - "We could try to decompress the nerves that are getting caught up in there."  This was exactly what my back doc did 11 years ago in LA. (damn him - he's not practicing anymore).  

I finally found someone who listened to my concerns about a fusion screwing up the rest of my back worse than it is now!  That surgery was March 12th and three weeks out from it, I think he was successful.  I don't have the severity of pain which was manifesting in my left hip... but it still kinda hurts nerve wise so I'm trying to wean myself off the meds without putting myself in too much pain.  Always a balancing act.

I've been convalescing at home and hope to get to the studio next week!  Anyways, enough about me.  How's life been for you in the past couple of months?   

But I would be remiss to publish without putting a photo here.  Since I'm on the laptop now, my access to files is not good but here's one from our week up on the lake last July that I really like.  What do you think?

 Soon it will be spring and then my favorite season here in Maine - SUMMER!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sometimes You Have to be Judgemental

It was probably because I grew up in an atmosphere of constantly comparing and judging others, that I struggle so hard NOT to be judgemental of others and their particular paths in life.  But I'm being called upon to be a judge by my friends out at Edgecomb Potters for their Go-To Bowl photo contest.  To get details of the contest, visit their website HERE

I decided that I needed to have some criterion to choose a winner, so I went to the Professional Photographers of America for some guidance.  This is why it's great to have a national resource like PPA (of which I am a member) for occasions such as this. 

These elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.

1.) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion.

2.) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

3.) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

4.) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

5.) Lighting —the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is man-made or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

And here is an image from my last trip to Cuba (2014) of a young ballet dancer at the beach that I think would hit all those marks.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Theatre, Photography and Racism

So proud to be just a small part of Rachel, by Angelina Weld Grimk√©.  This Portland premiere is produced by Theater Ensemble of Color of The Celebration Barn Theater and directed by the incomparable Renee "Goddess" Johnson.

 The play was written in 1916 by the Boston-born journalist, teacher, playwright and poet, one of the first women of color to have a play publicly performed.  And here we are 100  years later when people of color are still dealing with racism.  I'm taking PR shots for them and doing their head-shots for the actors involved in the show.  I was at rehearsal this past Saturday and these are some of my favorite shots.  I like to shot while the actors rehearse b/c I feel there will be more energy than simply staging a series of photos, especially when you don't know the show.  This is based on the 15 years I led Beyond the Proscenium Productions (Sacramento CA) presenting mostly new work by unknown playwrights, where I wore many hats directing, producing, PR.  

Khalil LeSaldo & Dee Clarke

Bridgette Kelly and Akouvi Komedja

Bridgette Kelly, Khalil LeSaldo & Akouvi Komedja

Rachel will be performed at the Portland Stage Studio Theater, 25A Forest Avenue, in Portland. This historic play is brought to life for two wonderful unique weekends of family-friendly theater. The show runs January 11, through January 21, 2018. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $12-20.  

Here is a link for tickets...  I've already got mine for opening weekend and you should order soon as TEoC's shows generally sell out!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Shooting rehearsals for TEoC

I always thing we - photographers and other artists - need to give back to the community, especially through the arts.  That's why I always do pro bono work for at least one arts-oriented nonprofit group, depending upon our collective schedules.  I think it's also especially important for those of us living with white privilege to help groups run by people of color.  This is why you'll be seeing posts here from my work with Rene Johnson and her Theatre Ensemble of Color. 

They are premiering an incredible play by a black, lesbian playwright that was written over 100 years ago, but still has resonance today.  Here's a link to article in the Guardian when it was produced in England.  And here is the link to the TEoC website about the show.  You might want to order your tickets soon as I hear they're really selling quickly.

Here are some candid photos of the first read through of the play, with one of the actors skyping in for it! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Work in New York City

Professional Women Photographers: The Power of Tones
Dec 05-Dec 16
The exhibition explores a host of tonal ranges emulating the sepias, cyanotypes, uranotypes of years past, in addition to the more traditional black and white. Professional Women Photographers: Gloria Aks, Laurie Allread, Elizabeth Amoroso, Susan Beallor-Snyder, Rain Bengis, Gladys Bensimon, Linda Buongermino, Dolores Capetola, Lynne R. Cashman, Karen Cohen, Mirana Comstock, Sharron Crocker, Elizabeth Currier, Fabienne Cuter, Claude De Backer, Elisa Decker, Kat DiStefano, Krystyna Droz, Judith Ebenstein, Leslie Ebert, Barbara Ehlers, Florence Forman, Corey Phillips Fowler, Joann Frechette, Patricia Garbarini, Danielle L Goldstein, Fredda Gordon, Debbie Teicholz Guedalia, Marjorie Gurd, Winifred Helton Harmon, Susan Herman, Amy Hochman, Sureita Hockley, Jane Hoffer, Francoise Jeanpierre, Milica Koceva, Leslye Kohl, Nancy Langer, Susan Ledwith, Kathy Leistner, Barbara Leven, Barbara Lewin, Diana Liminovic, Vanetta Mayers, Jerry McKay, Wendy Nadler, Roseann Needleman, Hilary Neroni, Maria Passannante-Derr, Helen Bohmart Pine, Hollis Rafkin-Sax, Lita Riddock, Roz Rosenblum, Jini Sachse, Robin Glasser Sacknoff, Arlene Santiago, Claudia Schellenberg, Sindi Schorr, Lois Segman, Beth Portnoi Shaw, Maxine Short, PM Simmons, Nancy Sirkis, Piper Smith, Sheila Smith, Diane Smook, Josefina Soto, Catherine Steinmann, Karin Seastone Stern, Andrea Swenson, Maureen Testa, Ann Tracy, Elizabeth Tranzillo, Patty Tuggle, Alexa Van de Walle, Joan Weiss, Janice Wood Wetzel, Regina Wypych, Pat Yancovitz, Margit Zsedely.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Power of Tones

I'm so thrilled and grateful that my piece - Raven in a Window - was not only chosen for the latest Professional Women Photographers show at Jadite Gallery in New York City, but made the poster for the show too!

If you're going to New York City in the beginning of December, please stop by the show.  I'd love it if you took a selfie with my piece.  If you do that, I'd just have to send you a small print of it!