“Holland Marsh Farm Shed” now available at Saatchiart

Details of a farm shed located at Holland Marsh

Holland Marsh Farm Shed

Holland Marsh Farm Shed” When photographing this shed my inner dialogue stopped; all that could be heard was the distant hum of farm machinery and I  was inspired by the often overlooked.  This work is inspired by Lewis Baltz along with the “New Topographics” photo movement.

Three years ago I had picked up my camera and was happily photographing whatever interested me at the moment in my free time.  One day it would be snowy landscapes, as the weather warmed it would be flowers, then it would be a old car show, followed by a antique steam engine show. read more

Fuschia and Time.

Closeup photograph of a Fuscia Flower

Fuschia,  June 2017.

With life and work I have have little free time and free time is used to work on my images and photography.  Over the past year I have been working on a series of photographs; call it a project if you want.  This Fuschia photograph is not one of them, and hence the problem.

I of course posted this on my Facebook page, and three Facebook group pages.  At last count this image has garnered over 300 likes and comments in social media!  None of my “project” images comes close to that.  Every year when the mood strikes me I venture out the door and proceed in taking what Doug Lingard, the first photographer who hired me as an assistant as “happy snaps.”  It amuses me for the moment. Every year, when posted on social media, the results are the same; hundreds of likes. read more

White Calla Lily now available at Crated.com

A photographic still life of a white Calla Lily flower.White Calla Lilly.

Sell the public flowers…
things that they can hang on their walls without being uptight.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I am pleased to announce my image “White Calla Lily,”  part of my Bontanical series is now available at Crated.com.  As an added incentive for these Fine art prints or framed artworks; email me your particulars along with your order information and I promise to mail you a small certificate of authenticity with the image title along with my signature which can then be attached to the back of the piece.

My Adventures with a Google+ Community

I don’t know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don’t get it.
Robert Mapplethorpe
I work hard on my images, am very meticulous, attentive to details and am proud of the finished product.  I am also not naive enough to expect everyone to like my work.  I also admit to using social media heavily to promote my images, which brought me to joining a Google Plus group called Light Box, a gathering of like minded individuals who critique each others work.  Unfortunately my experiences not necessarily good ones. Critiquing is a skill, and skills improve over time with the right knowledge and continuous practice, if you care to.  It can be a positive experience for both along with being a experience to improve your and the recipient’s skill as a photographer. On the dark side it can be a form of trench warfare with useless information, biased negative assumptions and insults being thrown back and forth.  Here are some of my experiences. Wine Bottle and Glass; a image photographed for lighting and form, a favorite of mine and others but unfortunately is one of my most pirated images on the web. From the group owner;  “have to delete1  because I cannot read the entire name on the bottle.” later on “But even if I wanted to buy this wine I couldn’t, I have no clue what it is,” finally from her after explaining it wasn’t ever a product shot;  “In that case the half label is a distraction, and I’d still rather see just the glass.”  From another senior member from the group: “If I were the art director I’d tell you the photographer that I couldn’t show this to the client.”  Because it was a still life image and without even asking these senior members of the group assumed it was just a “product shot.”  Even if it was they appeared to have no concept of a editorial image whereby sometimes “you sell the sizzle as compared to the steak.” Violin Profile, which to this day is my most successful image.  “

delete2  It looks like an encyclopedia photo of a violin with a stamp-like frame,” or “ read more