Teaching at Porto Photo Fest this October - Just a quick heads-up for anyone based in Europe that I'll be teaching several classes at the Porto Photo Fest on October 12-13 this fall. This is the on...
Friday, December 12, 2014
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
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
None of these opportunities would have availed themselves to me though had I not turned the handle and opened the door. I have a friend in public relations that told me her little secret is that she is very shy around people and couldn't do what I do. She's wrong of course. It's all about just opening the door. What follows is an adventure.
Got a chance to hang out with Sam Robertson yesterday morning. He's the soon to be 97 year old former ball turret gunner from a B17 during WWII. That's Haywood Fellows standing next to him. "Mr Robertson and I...we have an understanding." he said. Mr Robertson graduated from Duke in 1939 and went to work for Liggett before getting drafted as an "old man" in 1943. Training as a pilot he almost crashed his biplane on his first solo flight, but due to the fact that there were too many pilots and navigators he became a gunner...because those jobs were available.
I first met Sam while riding my bicycle with a friend on Memorial Day. We headed to our favorite destination in Clayton, NC...the local coffee shop. While we were there a gentleman told us we should head across the street to Robertson Mule Company to see all the old wagons, carts, and tractors that Sam had collected and restored. Sam was very willing to share his stories about his 20 missions over Europe ...the last two of which were humanitarian food drops into Holland where starvation claimed the lives of over 18000 people in the winter of 1945/46. To this day, the people of Holland still talk about Sam's flights and the food drops that probably saved many lives. Sam remembers the message in flowers shown below and I with the help of a high school friend whose brother lives in Holland obtained a copy of the picture that memorializes their gratitude. Sam appreciated the print I made him. I could have stayed all day listening to his stories, but at least I got a chance to hear some of them.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
here. I am often crossing the line between painting and photography these days and I wanted to paint something that I had visualized from the get go. This seemed to fit that criteria. Of course it needed an element in the foreground, so I asked my neighbors to walk across our street in front of their house a few times. I was lucky enough to get some rain at the time as well so it became a realistic scene. I still have a long way to go, but definitely inspired by the process.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Reference: Wikipedia: Tu Youyou (Chinese: 屠呦呦; born 30 December 1930), is a Chinese medical scientist, pharmaceutical chemist, and educator. She won the 2011 Lasker Award in Clinical Medicine for discovering artemisinin (also known as Qinghaosu) and dihydroartemisinin, used to treat malaria, which saved millions of lives. The discovery of artemisinin and its treatment of malaria is regarded as a significant breakthrough of tropical medicine in 20th Century and health improvement for people of tropical developing countries in South Asia, Africa, and South America. Photographed by Simon Griffiths in Cary, NC for New Scientist Magazine.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tim Dolby who has exhibited throughout England, and my great Uncle John who I remember started painting in his 70's, producing some beautiful works that my family still own today. My 14 year old daughter has a natural drawing ability that is far beyond her years and I'm hoping that she continues to explore her gift. Either way it has been a great opportunity to spend time with my Dad...get him out of the retirement community to socialize with a variety of people. It's been good for me too. My own work from the class has been described as primitive, but I can live with that. I have really enjoyed a new hobby which in a lot of ways has influenced my photography, not to mention given me a less digital and more hands on pastime. The paintings I have shown here are what I have produced so far. Mostly exercises, but trying to cultivate the craft of putting paint to canvas in a way that is believable, but also trying to add my own touch. It's not easy, but I now look at everything in a more discerning way. How would I translate that scene as a photograph? How would I translate that scene as a painting? I ask both questions now, and it's been eye opening.