Thursday, April 16, 2015

What is this thing I have about hair?

Between Springmoor and Mayview, two of Raleigh's retirement centers and nursing homes, I've spent a lot of time recently around a lot of caregivers.  One of those is Jean over at Mayview who does everything from hair to toenails.  She works hard obviously and provides a caring service to those that can no longer take care of themselves.  I knew right away I had to add her to my "Working for a Living" Series.  Seems like I've been shooting a number of portraits lately related to hair.  Maybe another series will come out of it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Good Hair!

Stacey was my mother's attending nursing assistant at the Emergency room on Monday night.  She was so caring and helpful with mom who was nervous and scared that she potentially had a stroke.  No stroke...just a pinched nerve allowed us to take her back to her room in rehab versus getting admitted.  I thought Stacey's hair was fantastic.  I've been wanting to watch Chris Rock's movie call "Good Hair" for a while now and never got to, but I asked politely if I could perhaps photograph her this week. Stacey I'm sure was initially a little apprehensive.  There are plenty of crazy people in Emergency Rooms.  However, after looking at my website, she agreed and seemed excited.   It turns out Stacey had never had a real photograph made before.  It is really too bad.  At least now she has.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

April Show with my Daughter!

This Friday night is the opening of my first solo show since I sold my studio in 2005.  311 Gallery at 311 W. Martin Street in Raleigh is hosting a show of over 30 photographs and 10 of my paintings all produced in the last few years...most since 2012.  It is billed as a father-daughter show and I am proud to have Gillian participate as well with over 30 of her sketch book drawings on display and also for sale.   Her goal is to raise enough money to buy a new computer for her animation at which she is becoming quite proficient.  For those of you who don't know my daughter,  she is only 15 years old and a sophomore in high school.  All of the photography in the show is local in nature and includes both images from my Working for a Living Series as well as a selection of BW Portraits of Success Series.  Large prints abound with many over 36" in width.  It was quite the challenge to get it all matted and framed, but as of Saturday it was finally hung.  
Show hours start run Wednesday-Saturday 11am-4pm.   Opening Reception this weekend on Friday from 6pm-9pm.   Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 9, 2015

On these cold days...thinking about Spring.

An Osprey lands on it's nest as two ducks swim by on a soon to be warm day on the Potomac River.

Friday, December 12, 2014

9th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition at ECU

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery at the School of Art & Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC hosts their biennial photographic exhibition from January 22nd through February 20th.   These two images were selected for the show.  This is the first time I've entered my work here.   Carson Boone, a local photographer, former Civil Engineer, and neighbor of mine reminded me of the show last month.    Carson had entered two years ago and had a piece accepted.  I told myself I'd enter it this time, but completely forgot until Carson reminded me ...the day before entries were closed.   That night I picked out four images and then literally drove down to Greenville to turn in my entries.  Turns out it was worth the effort.  Burk Uzzle, the juror will present a lecture at 5pm on the 22nd of January in Speight Auditorium followed by an opening reception.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New work.

I've enjoyed this process, although it's taken a great deal of experimentation to be able to recreate what originally was a series of miscues on my part, which despite my original errors turned out really well.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Askew Taylor Paints & Art Supplies

I've known Kirk for going on 20 years now when my studio was just a few blocks from Askews.  I've probably purchased paint from there going on 27 years.  Askew Taylors is a Raleigh institution dating back to 1946 when Kirk's grandfather ran a painting and finishing business.  I used to get my Benjamin Moore paint mixed up there in the back where the color mixing machine still resides.   Kirk's father T.K. and he could both mix the right color just by looking.  No need for color analyzers and computers.  T.K. and the Benjamin Moore business are both gone now.  Keeping it in the family, Kirk and his daughter Helen have now turned it into strictly an art supply business, something Kirk started after a couple of years in design school primarily to help with the slow months.  It soon grew into half the business. The remnants of old inventory dating back years still populate the many cluttered rooms and hallways of the store.   It's always an adventure to explore the upstairs.  Every time I go I see something new.  Today I found a collection of scale commercial airline a Cathay Pacific Airlines 747 similar to the one I flew on when I went to Hong Kong in 2006.  I started painting a little over a year ago and it's been fun to head over to Askew's and get my brushes and other supplies.   If you plan to visit and you should, Askew's is at 110 Glenwood Avenue downtown in the heart of Glenwood South.