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!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Power of Ravens

Big thanks to the exhibition committee of the Professional Women Photographers for accepting one of my entries for the member show in December at Jadite Galleries in New York City!  Yes, for the third year in a row, I'll be exhibiting in NYC.  While that is all well and good, let's hope that something changes this year - that I sell the piece!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Power of Tones

I've entered another competition for members of the Professional Women Photographers.  Although this is a members only show, it will be juried.  Which of these would you pick to exhibit in New York this December?  The theme of this show is "Tones", so they are looking for monotone work.

All that Glitters
Winter Tree


Raven in a Window

Rock Sonata

Blue Angles

Here are the details on the show

WHERE: Jadite Gallery, 413 West 50th Street, New York, NY, 10019
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 12p-6p
EXHIBITION DATES: December 5 - 16, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: December 7, 2017 6:00pm