A Few Quick Announcements

Celebrating a unique icon of the Mojave Desert, my solo exhibition The Joshua Tree opens this Saturday, November 5, 2012, at the historic Kelso Depot in the Mojave National Preserve. I hope you can join me for the opening reception on Saturday from 2-4pm in the Desert Light Gallery. More info

Speaking of my exhibition, The Joshua Tree, Ann Japenga has announced it along with a few nice words about my work at the California Desert Art website.

On October 21, I was interviewed and quoted in a Public News Service article (“Report: BLMs Smart Solar Approach Good for the West, with Two CA Exceptions“). Click here to read and/or listen to this piece.

Drivers Wanted

My photograph Drivers Wanted recently received a nomination in the Fine Art category in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup. According to PMC, 11,321 entries were received from 83 countries this year. Getting noticed in that big of a field is an honor in itself.

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September 2008 Newsletter

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Dear Friends: I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying your summer! Autumn is just around the corner!

On Exhibit:
Spring Arts Collective Gallery – Los Angeles
Opening Reception: September 11, 7-9pm

Burned Pinyon Pines in Fog. Mojave National Preserve, California

Burned Pinyon Pines in Fog. Mojave National Preserve, California

For the month of September, I’ll be one of the featured artists at the Springs Arts Collective Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. Beginning Thursday, September 11, I’ll be showing four photographs from my Desert series. Coinciding with the Downtown Art Walk, Thursday night’s opening promises to be busy and exciting as literally hundreds of art lovers will pass through the gallery. I hope you’ll join me this coming Thursday – stop by and say hello! Please see the Springs Arts Collective Gallery website for more information and travel directions.


On Exhibit:
Yosemite Renaissance XXIII
King’s Art Center – Hanford, California

Bridalveil Falls. Yosemite National Park, California

Bridalveil Falls. Yosemite National Park, California

In case you missed it while it was in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Renaissance XXIII has now traveled to the King’s Art Center in Hanford, California, and will remain on display there through September 21. My photograph of Bridalveil Falls (which received an Honorable Mention) remains part of this traveling exhibit. There are many fine photographs and paintings included in the exhibit, so I hope you’ll get a chance to visit the King’s Art Center if you’re in the area.



Recently On Exhibit:
Glimpses in Time – Joyce Gordon Gallery
Oakland, California

Drivers Wanted

Drivers Wanted

I’m happy to announce that my photographs Drivers Wanted (left) and The American Dream were selected by renowned San Francisco gallerist Stephen Wirtz to be part of the juried Glimpses in Time exhibition during the month of August. My two photographs were selected from over 350 images from nine countries and twenty-nine U.S. states.


Hanford Sentinel – Hanford, California

Joe Johnson of the Hanford Sentinel (a central California newspaper near Yosemite) recently interviewed me for an in-depth article that heralded the annual return of the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit to the King’s Art Center in Hanford, California. Although you won’t be able to see the large reproduction of my Bridalveil Falls photograph, the article is available on the Sentinel website for your reading pleasure. I had a great time speaking with Joe and sincerely thank him for featuring me in his article!


Recent Awards and Recognition
I am happy to announce that several of my photographs have recently received awards and recognition in international competitions:

    * 3rd Place, Nature:Trees, Prix de la Photographie, Paris. 2008;
    * Finalist, 28th Annual Photographer’s Forum Spring Photography Contest (2008);
    * Honorable Mention; Trees; 2008 International Photographer of the Year Awards (22,000 entries from 124 countries).


As always, I sincerely Thank You for your support of and interest in my work. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me.

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Making the Photograph: Drivers Wanted

I can rarely explain in advance what kind of subjects or scenes will impel me to photograph, but when I find something that stirs my photographic soul, I become excited, act impulsively, and take a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach. These moments arise only infrequently, and it is most common for me to spend days looking for photographs without actually photographing.

Drivers WantedDrivers Wanted is one of these photographs. In September 2006, I found this scene in Panamint Valley, California (the western boundary of Death Valley National Park), and was completely enthralled by it. The arrangement of the burned out vehicles, the rich copper color, and the grotesque and blackened cottonwood trees drew me in. I didn’t immediately understand why the scene so captivated me, but I didn’t particularly care – I was excited to make a photograph! I used my 4×5″ view camera, a vintage soft focus lens (an early 1900’s Wollensak Verito), and Fuji Pro160S film. A shallow aperture (f8 or f11) and view camera movements helped to bring the VW bus up front and center.

The title Drivers Wanted came to me before I had even exposed a sheet of film, and is a reference to VW’s successful and popular ‘Drivers Wanted‘ campaign. Further, Americans of a certain age range will recall that VW buses (this one is a Type II T1) were symbols of American culture and counter-culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Ironically, that counter-culture is gone, and so is the Type II. Even more ironically, gone is the possibility of ever again making a photograph of this scene. In February 2008, an organized cleanup took place, removing the vehicle hulks and all other debris at the location. Follow the link to see photos of this bus being loaded onto a trailer for recycling.

My greatest attraction to photography is likely its ability to freeze forever a moment, place, or time into single still frame. Even though I can never again remake this photograph, I’m happy to have found and photographed it while it existed.

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