Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Nation of Park Rangers. Obed Wild & Scenic River.


Matt Hudson is the head ranger at the Obed Wild and Scenic River, operated by the National Park Service about an hour outside of Knoxville, TN.  It was great fun getting to spend the day with Matt who enjoyed getting out of the administrative duties he now handles and back to what he really loves to do and that is sharing the beauty of the park with visitors.    Today we joined kids from the county learning how to climb rock faces and raft the river.  It's the goal of the Obed programs to get every kid in the county to have a wonderful and exciting experience in the park.  Matt is certainly more than just a teacher and guide, as he is also part of the law enforcement and rescue operations and recently received an award for a night rescue of a unprepared boater stuck on a rock for 5 hours at night without any life jacket or other gear. He downplayed the rescue somewhat, but it's obvious that if you are in need of rescue, Matt is the one you would want looking for you.  A Harvard Law graduate, Matt realized that his true calling was the outdoors and that the best job would be a park ranger.  Perhaps a 40 day solo canoe trip down the Yukon in his early 20's planted the seed of adventure that drove his desire for the ranger career.  He also participated in a Tall Ship adventure at 16 years old touring around parts of the world with other kids his age from Russia and Poland.
Writer and friend Dan Howe and I are profiling Park Rangers from around the United States in order to illustrate how these individuals have dedicated their lives to protecting our National treasures.  The goal is to photograph the rangers within the landscapes that may or may not be familiar, but also to tell the stories that only Rangers can tell.  Based on this first experience, it's going to be an interesting journey.







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.