Thursday, November 20, 2014

Julia Margaret Cameron Award Time Again

I  uploaded my entries for the 7th  Julia Margaret Cameron Awards just a day ago.  One of my Facebook friends was asking which ones I had sent out so I thought I would post them here. 

Two of them are from a new series of work that I began to shoot this past summer with the beautiful and talented Meredith!  I'm calling the work Domestic Considerations, as recent research has shown that even though women are working, they are STILL doing the majority of the cooking and cleaning in their households.  That makes me crazy to think that these women aren't getting their hubbies or partners or kids to help out!  Could this be one of the causes of "entitlement" that seems to be prevalent with Gen Y folks.  OK, OK, I'll get off the soap box. 

Then I thought I'd send off my iPod photographs that have been digitally manipulated in camera or on the iPad, not photoshop.  How I presented them is different too.  I made archival pigment prints on Mulberry paper, then infused the paper with encaustic wax.  Although I also had one each printed onto canvas and ready to hang.

Forgotten Woman

Foggy Sunset, Cape Neddick River, Maine

Homage to Raphael - 3 Graces 2013

Homage to Carl von Loo - 3 Graces 2013
Last year I took these pieces to the Spectrum show in Miami with Bilhenry Gallery during Art Basel.  Be interesting to see how a European jury reacts to them as well as two new pieces I did last spring based on my late January trip to Cuba this past year.
Power of Cuba 1 - Archival Ink on Canvas 40 x 30"

Power of Cuba Flamenco - Archival Ink on Canvas 30 x 24"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Small Wonders

Name of the next New York City group show that I'm included in thanks to the Professional Women Photographers!  Just got the news that three of my images got juried into the show which opens December 11th at Atlantic Gallery, 547 West 27th St or 548 West 28th St. Ste 540, New York, NY.  It's an odd address they have, must be an interesting building.  I'm thrilled to be juried into this show considering the caliber of the artists in this group. The prints are only seven inches square and will be matted out to a 10 x 10" frame.  In case you can't make it to New York, here are the pieces that are part of this group show.

Flamenco Rehearsal - Havana

Havana Drummers

Sunset with Fog Cape Neddick River

The print of Sunset with Fog that I imbued with encaustic wax, (after printing out on mulberry paper and then attaching to the front of a frame) that was here at Running with Scissors for the Makers Meal SOLD!  I'm so glad it's going to a good home!  But it also means that there are only 20 left in this series of the print and then they're all gone.  You can order prints from my sales site, click here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

We Like to Look

Isn't that why Facebook is so popular, the pictures?  I think so and the culture is becoming more and more visual it seems.  So how should photographers price themselves for selling photos for social media use?  Apparently it's all over the board according to this article appearing in Rob Haggart's A Photo Editor blog.  The piece is written by Suzanne Sease, a creative consultant.

and here I present to you: 
Pluperfect Dancer
shot this past February outside of Havana

If you'd also like to see the photos I shot of behind the scenes for the small film I played a character role for, Sui Generis, that premieres this Friday in the Damnationland Film Fest at the State Theatre in Portland Maine, click here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Digital Encaustic

Before I left on my trip to see my work in the show in Malaga, Spain and to visit old family friend Mimmo in Palermo and explore Madrid, I was experimenting with making digital prints from iPod photos (which had been altered only with photo apps) on Japanese mulberry paper (Kozo) and then infusing them with encaustic wax which gives them a beautiful and unusual translucent look.  I was getting hung up on how to present them.  I tried trying to put led lights behind them in canvases, sandwiching the paper between two small pieces of wood on top and bottom to hang like a scroll and using the wax to adhere the paper to a blank canvas.  For various reasons none of these really worked out.

Then I saw some frames without backs on them to assemble and I thought about attaching the art to the front of the frame.  Although no ambient light comes in from the sides - note to self, talk to wood artist David about making special frames for me with slits in the sides of the frame to allow this to happen - it looks better than the other things I did.  What do you think?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Home Again

My we had a great time on our trip to Spain and Sicily.  I think I'm finally over the jet lag (takes me days traveling back home from Europe) and ready to process the over 450 photos I took in both jpg and raw formats on my little 18 MP Lumix travel camera (has a Leica lens and telephoto cred).  This doesn't take into account the  photos from my iPod and camera phone.  Luckily I don't have any big photo projects on the horizon yet, so I should have the time to get them ready for Flickr.  Yo can have a taste of the trip if you're on either Instagram (please forgive the out of focus pizza shot, it looked ok in the preview on my phone) or if we're FB friends.

Here's a shot taken from the train going from Malaga to Madrid.  What amazes me is how the landscape reminds me of California - no wonder the Spanish loved it there and built missions all up and down the coast!  Too bad there are window reflections in it, but it gives you the idea anyway.

And then there's the latest government gaffe coming from the Forest Service.  Luckily they have backed down on this one.  But, if you don't take your tripod, you can generally get away with snapping photos without setting off alarms.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Budapest, I Didn't Know You ...

I have an image in  Personality: The Contemporary Portrait, a juried international photography exhibition which runs from September 23 – October 13, 2014 at:

PH21 Gallery
Szkéné Theatre
Budapest University of
Technology and Economics
H-1111 Budapest

So for those of you who can't ply on over to see this show, here's a link to my image.  This is the same photo that was an honorable mention at last year's New York Center for Photographic Art's "Water" show in New York.  

One of my Webist artist friends, Dan McCormack also has a photo in this show.  You can click here to see his work.

But to give credit where it is due - a shout out to Elizabeth Opalenik!  Now only is she an amazing photographer but also an excellent teacher.  I shot this during one of her workshops that I took two years ago.  Elizabeth, thank you for your generosity and grace in helping other artists find their way in this world.  Her work is amazing and you can see it here.

Here's a portrait of John Maruka, a guy I met while standing outside MOMA in San Francisco a few years ago.  He and I are FB friends now.  He's a wonderful photographer who is dealing with some health issues, but looks like he's kicking butt in his recovery.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Above you see a photo of a Cuban dancer that was printed onto InkAid transfer film and then transferred to paper using hand sanitizer gel!  The image itself was put through some in-phone apps to create much of the delicious texture.  Although some of it was already there being Havana and all.

These will need to be priced at a different level because they are truly one of a kind prints - hand pulled if you will.  I might have to make some transfers of She Dreams of Branches and Barnacles after I get back from the 3rd Biennial of Photography in Malaga, Spain.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Know Your Rights

Maybe it's because I was a journalist for many years, but I don't "get" people who are cowed by authority figures.  After all the police are public servants, who should be keeping the peace, not causing trouble by thinking that every altercation demands Orwellian-inspired riot gear.  The recent images coming out of Ferguson, MO have been frightening.

As photographers we CAN shoot photos of them - this is law!  But I do have to bite my lips in order not to mouth off to them.  This LINK is to the ACLU site which clearly explains our rights as image makers.

Thanks Cindy at who posted the link on the Professional Women Photographers email list serv.  I'm really surprised that I haven't been hassled taking photos of power poles, transformers and electrical arrays which I combine with other imagery in my ongoing Power Series.  You can see examples of the work here.  I started the series back in 2007 with an emotional moment seeing old factories and power installations on the train going from NYC to DC.

The Power of Contrails, shot up near Yarmouth ME.  I kind of like this one all by itself without combining it with other imagery.  What do you think?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Who Owns What

For photographers, copywright issues are big time.  For many stock agencies if you don't have a signed model release, you can't use the image unless the face is unrecognizable.  But what happens when your subject takes a selfie?  This recently happened to someone who was taking photos of monkeys.  NPR has the full story here.

However, I don't think there are any copywright issues with photogs like me who like to shoot graffiti.  So here's an image of some "public art" that I saw in New York earlier this year.

It might also be a mural.  Who knows?  Think I should put it up on the art sales site for sale?

We're busy in the studio now getting work ready for the Running with Scissors Fall Harvest show and do take a look at Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., in Portland ME where I have a sizable number of archival prints for sale. 

I'll be having an artist's reception there on August 27th from 5 to 8 pm to celebrate the fact that not only was I chosen as a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, but I was asked to exhibit the work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum beginning September 18th and running to November 20th.

I will be exhibiting the work that will show in Spain as well as some other new work.  The other work involves working in-camera phones with apps (or iPads), printing them on Japanese mulberry paper and then infusing them with encaustic wax. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Playing the Odds

If you're a photographer and artist like me, you will enter certain competitions based on everything from geography (will it be inexpensive enough to ship work there?) to who's jurying the show (O, a curator from MOMA?  Might be good for her to see my work!).  I guess it also depends upon the theme of the show and whether one has any work that seems to speak to that theme.

Just recently I've had one image accepted into an international show in Spain, but that same image along with a few others didn't make it into two other shows here in the US!  It was my little test to see if one winning piece of work would be picked for other contests. 

Joe Nalven, one of the founding fathers of the Digital Arts Guild and the Digital Fine-Arts Yahoo groups, along with fellow photographer David Lenhert  addressed the subject in a recent post on Lenhert's blog.  

I still don't know if they have the answers to this age old conundrum.  It could just be that each juror for each show has different aesthetic and emotional values.  But we keep guessing and sometimes winning!

Here's a pano from my recent trip to Port Clyde....  more later

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Honored to be Mentioned!

​From: NYC4 PA
Date: Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Subject: NYC4PA Transportation
To: ann tracy


Your image "Havana Race" has been selected by our juror, Lester Lefkowitz, as an Honorable Mention in the Transportation Call for Entry.

With almost 700 images submitted this is an achievement to be proud of.  Your image will be seen in both the online gallery and the catalog and we will let you know when each is available, the online gallery for viewing, the catalog for purchase.

While I'm thrilled that I won an Honorable Mention, I'm surprised at what image made it... 

Havana Race
But that's the thing with competitions, it all depends upon the juror and what s/he had for breakfast or email they got that day or _______________________ (your turn to fill it in)!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Malaga, here I come....

Yes, I'll be there for the artists' reception!  I was so glad that I was selected as a finalist in the 6th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Competition and even more over the moon when I was notified that my work as also selected to be shown in this upcoming Biennial in Malaga, Spain.  I'm now trying to figure out a way to have a showing of the work (and maybe work by other artists here at Running with Scissors) at a Portland venue the end of August or beginning of September.  I probably should of thought of these several months ago, but we'll see if I can pull it together for summer's end.

She Dreams of Barnacles and Branches

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cell Phone Photography Award Winners

Ya'll know that I have a couple of photos in the Stonecrop Gallery show, right?  Would love to see any of you local folks (Portland Maine area) down there tomorrow from 4 to 6 pm this Saturday (tomorrow, June 14th) and HERE are the directions on how to get there.  But if you live out of town and would like to see what I have in the show and the other work juried in, then you can click HERE for that.  Be sure to check out the work of Florence Rodale (a photo buddy who has been in the same trips to Cuba with the group led by Elizabeth Opalenik).

But it's not only Stonecrop that has realized the value and artistry of "cellphonograpy", many other galleries and museums are now including cell shows in their annual exhibition calendar.  I thought this was an interesting article about it.  It seems to me that it's the same snobbishness about whether photography is an art form compared to the more traditional arts.  There is even an iPhone Photography Awards group!  You can see the results of their latest competition here.

In my other blog, I'll soon be posting about some recent trips and this photo was from the beginning of our trip to NYC this past week.

Yes, a rare blue lobster!  According to Wiki, there are only one per two million lobsters out there.  This was shot at a cafe at the airport at the start of our trip, but I feel sad for the poor fella or gal (how do you know the difference in lobsters?) that it's alone in a cage.  I'm not sure if lobsters form families but I do know they travel in groups at times. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Poop on Printing

During the years that I made prints myself and didn't source them out, I only had an ink jet printer.  Granted is was a high quality Canon (which I prefer over Epson and HP), but the inks for it were only "dye" inks.  Because of that I had this crazy process I went through using special UV resistant sprays and glazes that I painted over the print.

This year Canon finally came out with an affordable pigment printer that will print up to 13 x 19" paper!  So I invested in one this past year.  If I have something larger that needs to be printed for an exhibition or a client, then I farm it out to two printers I've used for years.  One does a terrific job of taking my digital files and sending me gallery-wrapped Giclee prints and another does a great job of printing chromogenic or digital C prints on paper.  Both types of prints are archival (like my pigment prints) and are seen in high end galleries and museums. 

For a discussion of the different terms, this is a handy webpage.  But what does it mean for you, my client?  It means that the art that I print, or have someone else do for me, will last more than just a few years.  Right now depending upon both papers and inks, it's said that prints can last between 85 to 100+ years.  But of course, like any piece of fine art you should never hang it on a wall that gets direct sunlight. 

This photo was taken on the streets of Portland a couple of weeks ago.  It's a Hippstamatic with the iPod using the Roboto Glitter Lens, Sussex Film and of course no flash.  I really hate using a flash and try to avoid it at all costs because of the harsh shadows they produce.  I'm entering this photo into a New York Center for Photographic Art show called "Transportation".  I hope it makes the cut! 

I haven't  put this image up on here yet, but if you're interested in purchasing this limited edition print (only doing a series of 25), please contact me directly.  I can give you a quote on it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

De Plane De Plane

Don't take photos on de plane, at least that's what the airlines prefer.  An interesting article from the New York Times thanks to my Professional Women Photographer amiga Maddi Ring.  But of course this article makes Skippy (my evil twin) want to start a campaign where every time a flight takes off, when the flight attendants are buckled up in their seats, everyone in the plane should take out their cell phone and take at least 6 photos.  What do you think?

If you live in the area, mark your calendars for June 14th and come on down to StoneCrop Gallery, located on Shore Road just south of Ogunquit and Perkins Cove and North of the Yorks.  Not only will you see my work, but the work of other talented photographers in their now annual "Show and Tell" Cell phone show.  I'll  post what got juried into the show after the reception for you folks that aren't in the area.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Is it Real Or

is it Memorex?  I'm probably spelling it incorrectly, but if you're my age you probably know I'm talking about an ad that was about taped versus live music.  In our digital age with photoshop masters and mistresses galore, we can pose the same question about photography.  My specialty is making digital alchemy where combining images to create new meaning is my artistic focus.  But I also shoot for editorial (or commercial) purposes as well as head-shots and portraits.   With actor head-shots one must not gussy them up too much as the casting directors want to see the same person as they see in the photograph, not someone 10 years older whose photo has been "improved". 

In social media sometimes we're fooled by photos.  But now there is a service that can detect if a photo has been doctored.  Click HERE to read about it in the New York Times Lens Blog.  Many thanks to Maddi Ring of the Professional Womens Photographers for passing

Monday, March 24, 2014


I've always been a big believer in honesty, much to many others' chagrin when the truth isn't pretty or pleasant or hits too close to home.  I think it's much easier to deal with others from a base of honesty rather than try to remember a web of lies.  Maybe it's my memory that keeps me honest, although as an actor, I've had to memorize tons of lines, but I digress (as always). 

There's a photographer out there named Stephen Rosenfield who has done a wonderful portrait project that was featured on the Demilked blog that I stumbled upon.  To have people come clean about their insecurities and then do a portrait about that is brave indeed.  if you just looked at the photos you'd never know these people had these problems. 

While photographers are trying to get at the "truth" of someone in a portrait shoot, I don't know any of my colleagues who would ask people to be THIS honest.

I'll have a few more random portraits to put up here over the next few days as I need to clear out my hard drive.  Amazing how huge art files will take up so much space.  Until then, carry on and keep happy.
Portrait of a Sax Player, Savannah GA  2011

Monday, February 17, 2014

Viva Cuba

You will have to go to my artist blog to begin to read the series of posts I should have written before this damned bunion surgery.  Taking the needed pain medication has put me about a week behind where I should be.  But since I'm gonna have to stay off my feet at least 5 more weeks... I don't think I should worry.  But here's a photo (in black and white as the wildly colored Hipstaprint didn't work) of a fort made of old espresso pots!

Cuban Museum of Art

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Feb 11th - call your congress people

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Visual Language

A recent blog post by Disphotic and coming back from the People to People Cultural Exchange in Havana with Cuban photographers at Fototeca via the Santa Fe Workshops, made me start thinking about images as a communication tool.  Granted there are certain images that have cultural significance to many of us, but many times the creative intent of the photographer is not clear.  To my way of thinking that's a good thing.

Although we share a certain "meta-culture" in the US, we are also shaped by specific familial patterns and heritages.   What do you see in this abstract photo?  If you see anything at all!  I relate to it more on an emotional level with the right side of my brain, rather than trying to find a specific meaning with the left side.  And there are many different variations on the meaning of this piece.

The same can be said about other genres of visual art - painting, encaustic, drawing and even performance.  You bring your own meaning to the party.  In a way it's kind of sad that people feel that they "have" to know the meaning of something that perhaps the artist has yet to learn.  It would be great if people were free to allow the image to wash over them.

It reminds me of being in college in a literature class where a professor was expounding on the meaning of something, when I piped up and said that perhaps he felt that way, but there were other ways to read the work.  Yes, I didn't last too long in that class. 

For instance, is there a narrative or meaning in this photo I took in Havana?

Friday, January 24, 2014


I have a few favorite photography blogs that I subscribe to.  One of them is a Maine photo blog called Vox Photos, which not only lists upcoming photo shows to check out but also wrote about a new show and catalogue (although perhaps it should be considered a book) dealing with color photography.

In other photographic news, check out my other blog about a recent selfie I took.  But how could I leave you there without posting a least one photo?  I just can't so here's a photo of what my new space over in the Running With Scissors looked like as stuff was being moved in this past week.

Their website is being worked on now, but here's a link to their Facebook page.  Will be an interesting experiment to see how I can work with others around.  It also offers great opportunity for collaboration with other artists as well.  I'll still share a wall at Constellation Gallery on Congress with my friend and fellow artist-photographer Cindy Barnard.

Today I'm up in Bethel seeing if I can cross country ski after not doing it for 30 years... yes there will be photos.  I'll be using a Nikon camera that's for underwater conditions b/c I won't worry if I drop it in the snow!

Monday, January 20, 2014


To the "straight" photography blog that I've set up to highlight my work as a head shot, portrait and
editorial photographer.  I decided to more actively promote myself as a photographer and thought this would be a good way to start.  Have a look at some recent work and email me (anntracy at to book your appointment!  There is one caveat, I'm going to be out of town from Jan 27th to Feb 7th and then have a foot surgery scheduled on Feb 13th, which will take me out of commission for at least six weeks.