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Day 3- a partner in challenging creativity

Day 3 #fivedaybwchallenge- I took these images at the beginning of my A Photo A Day project in 2013. I knew the empty garden pots would look much better in black and white; simplifying the image so I could focus on shape, design and texture. When I posted the image I remember the feedback was positive, in particular from my old college roommate who is a painter and theater props master.

The photo and the concept intrigued her enough to join the A Photo A Day Challenge. I believe part of the interest was wanting and needing to bring more creativity and vision into her daily life-which was my main motivation also.


 I don’t think I would have been as successful if it were Nancy and others who joined me on this challenge.

Nancy is flying in from NYC today to visit, laugh, play, and see the last few days of “Vivid Conversations”.  Her support has been invaluable to me over the last few decades years. Our conversations always inspire me.
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Day 2-"Carry me home"

Day 2- B&W Challenge ‪#‎fivedaybwchallenge‬“ Carry me home” -an image from my collection of work in “Third Effect”.


The work in the series took an unexpected turn towards spirituality as I started to create it.

Listening to a bit of Bluegrass Gospel music from greats like Bailey and Vincent, The wailing’ Jennys, Paul Williams, and of course my all time favorite Johnny Cash has inspired me to think about how the meaning of songs can come together with my photographic observations- with inquiry about what is out there and up there…

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Perpendicular

As artists and creators we spend a lot of our time looking down at our work as make it.
Photographers work on their images on digital screens and rarely work to scale.

When my work was hung, yesterday at the Community Creative Center, Co. on a 18 foot wall with all 29 images from my body of work “Third Effect” I quickly realized the power perpendicular.

As I have begun to explore the fine art side of my photography the journey has taken me down many different roads.  Recognizing the power of print and display were not on my map to discovery.

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What a difference a print makes

Digital photography has made it so easy and cheap to make pictures. The problem is after you made the image-what do we do with a huge collections of images that are floating in the cloud and taking up space on hard drives.

If we aren’t posting the random image to some social media site that gets a few hours of attention then our images remain hidden under bed.

Being a part of Vivid Conversations and showing my work from my latest series “Third Effect” has reminded me of the importance of a print. Being able to see it as a real piece of art. More importantly holding it in your hands brings the reality of your creativity to life. The tangibility of the product helps to validates the image and ones ability to capture narratives from our daily lives.

A large printed version of an image can impact the viewers experience and even change the meaning adding the strength of the work.

Working with my good friend, consultant, and remarkable, professional printer Michael Cornelison has shown me the value of not only my work but the importance of high quality prints.

Taking the time to print even one photograph big on quality paper has the power to change your perception of your work but more importantly remind you of your passion for your photography.
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