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

Urban Visions: Lou’s Laundromat

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Lou’s Laundromat:  It was a very hot summer’s night, my top floor apartment did not have any air conditioning, and I couldn’t sleep; so I loaded up my film holders, grabbed my view camera and wandered the  streets around where I lived for some images.  From what I remember, and what my negative files prove; I didn’t achieve many good exposures at all, except this one:  “Lou’s Laundromat.” part of my growing series Urban Visions.

I’m pleased to announce this image is now available at Crated.com as a fine art print and printed on metal at Displate.com.  Visit the sites, like the image, and better yet buy the image for your walls. read more

Vice grips

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Vice Grips, a photographic study of old used and abused Vice Grips inspired by the magazine work of Walker Evans.

Walker Evans was one of the most important and influential artists of the twentieth century, producing a body of photographs that continue to shape our understanding of the modern era. He worked in every genre and format, in black and white and in colour, but two passions were constant: literature and the printed page.

While his photographic books are among the most significant in the medium’s history, Evans’s more ephemeral pages remain largely unknown. In small avant-garde publications and mainstream titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, ArchitecturalForum, Life and Fortune he produced innovative and independent journalism, often setting his own assignments, editing, writing and designing his pages. Presenting many of his photo-essays in their entirety, Walker Evans: The Magazine Work assembles the unwritten history of this work, allowing us to see how he protected his autonomy, earned a living and found audiences far beyond the museum and gallery. read more