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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lazy Days of Summer

And I don't have much to show for the month of July - except that I finally entered the #LensCulture street photography contest with shots from New York City, Havana, Quebec City and Greenville, ME (Moosehead Lake).  Want to take a peek?  If you CLICK HERE, you will see the submissions.

Hopefully I'll have more street photography after my trip to Halifax next week.  Just four days, but I love traveling on my birthday.  It's the best present in my book.

and here's a photo

This past spring I went to shoot my friend Jen who owns Miss Moonmaker Natural Bath products at a product fair.  She makes bath fizzies and other wonderful products.  Check out her website here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boycott B&H?

B&H is probably the biggest photo/video/electronics store in NYC, if not on the East Coast.  Generally you can get some great deals there and have it shipped to you.  But now it looks like the company might be shafting its workers according to an article in the Hyperallergic blog article here.

So since the personal is the political, I'll be boycotting them until the matter with the workers is settled.

In other news photographic, I'm looking forward to doing some headshots for a playwright friend of mine in the near future and used some of the old photos I bought in Cuba back in 2013 to create the installation that is up now at Running with Scissors here in Portland Maine.  I also used a beautiful photo I took of one of my favorite models created at an Elizabeth Opalenik workshop on figure photography.  Here is a shot of it featuring her in the video.

There are a few still images in the video that I made for the piece and last night's opening reception gave me the opportunity to gauge reaction from people.  I need to tighten up the video with a new changes and using a slower speed to change the tone of the voice over I did for it, made it difficult for some people to understand. 

If you'd like to experience it, you can contact me via this blog and we'll find a time that's good for the both of us.  Or you can come to the closing reception, July 27th from 5 to 7 pm at Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland ME (behind the big Uhaul place on Marginal Way).

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hello July?

June was a pretty busy month for me with a big encaustic wax conference to attend in Provincetown (where I haven't been in over 40 years) along with visits from my sister and her partner as well as my nephew and his friend and we were just flat out having too much fun!  This fun included seeing Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the new Aura nightclub here in Portland.  They really went whole hog with the rock lighting and I was able to capture this portrait of an incredible musician!  Sure would love to get backstage to take photos! 

Although I shoot with an Android Samsung Galaxy 6 with it's 16 MP camera, I came across the winners of the 2017 iPhone competition and thought you might be interested in the results as well as all the whining from the peanut gallery, er, I mean the comments.

I'm working on an installation that will go up for 10 days on July 17th here at Running with Scissors in Portland Maine.  But it will only be open by appointment other than the receptions on July 17th and July 27th... so email me if you're in the area and want to see it.  Photography will be involved as well as video.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I love doing photo shoots with actors, b/c they are generally ready for anything!  Need me to take off my clothes ?  No, please not here in public.  I don't want to have to bail you out of jail.  This goes out to one special actor and model and he knows who he is.   Or like this past Sunday, Bess Welden (one of Portland's finest actors, playwrights, directors) telling me she was fine with getting into the icy waters at Jewel Falls.  But before we went to do the outside shots, she brought along a few props that would look good in closeup shots.  But where to shoot in my house?  Too much art on most of the walls, except for the stairs going up to the 2nd floor.   By this time, our two mini Schnauzers - Mica (black) and Tucker (gray) - were beginning to get very interested and I had to take this shot.

Which makes me wonder how effective they'd be at really protecting the house.  Sure, they'll bark and sing the song of their people - Schnauzer yodels - if you click here at :36, it sounds like our guys.

The show is Legbala is a River - a one woman show centered on the wife of a doctor who goes to Africa to treat Ebloa patients.  It will run at Mayo Street Arts Center from June 8th to the 17th.  If you live in the Portland Maine area, you really should go see it.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shooting Future Stars

There's a new theatre company here in Portland, Maine - Theatre Ensemble of Color - or TEoC, the brain child of Rene Johnson, a wonderful actor and stage manager.  I offered to shoot one of their workshop meetings back in March when it was still winter at Mayo Street Arts Center.  Now the snow is just about all gone and it was all of 65 degrees yesterday - yes I saw people in shorts, ah Maine!  Here's a couple of photos from that shoot.

Rene (right) warms up members of TEoC with some ballet exercises.

Mother and daughter dance duet

Not sure who this was, but I loved the silhouette in front of the stained glass window.

The other thing which might make you a future star in the photo world is to get some photos in a major magazine.  But how does one do that?  The always excellent site run by Rob Haggart has a great article about a guy who did some strategic planning before coming to NYC to pitch editors on his work.  A great read - HERE.

I can see the buds on the lilac bush in my backyard.  I'm very excited!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Back from the Big Apple

Even though members of the Professional Women Photographers were surprised to see me at the reception, I'm so glad we went.  Amazing to be in such a great street photo show at #JaditeGallery on the west side.  Am on the train as I write this and am delighted that I've figured out a way to do this on the iPad... since my laptop isn't working and I need to bring it in to #TechPort on Monday morning.  We did old things (like drinks at the Blue Bar at the Algonquin) and new things - going to the Met Breuer (which I'll cover on the Ann Tracy blog).  Here are some photos from the night.  And I'm delighted that my photo make the poster!

Well I tried to get the photos from my android phone to my iPad, but no dice.  So now it's three weeks later and I'm finally finishing this post.  The highlights of those three weeks include getting some kind of crud that was going around; having to take a bus to Boston for a doc appointment while I was still sick b/c it had taken me a month to get that appointment; doing something to my right shoulder requiring a couple weeks of physical therapy - not that I was lying around eating bon-bons.  But I did rescue a few photos for documentation of it all.

My photo is the one on the top with the bamboo frame

People were captivated by it.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March Portland Maine

It's a good thing I love taking photos, because I don't like being in crowds of any kind, very claustrophobic that way.  It's so bad that I won't get into subway cars or elevators if they are too full.  So while my heart was marching with everyone else in Portland today, I was using my eyes and very cold hands to take some photos - to witness and document!  What I loved (and brought tears to my eyes) about this march is how inclusive it was - men, women, kids, dogs...

was impressed that this dude was wearing a suit!

Love the expression on this kid's face