Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Umbrellas

Don't usually get the opportunity to get out in inclement weather. Part of my continuing series of "Pairs on the Square" images. The show I had recently did not get much in the way of reviews but it was still fun to be able to hang some of my images in a public forum.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the USA, the day we honored our fallen heroes. I was honored to be able to cover the arrival and burial of Green Beret Staff SargeantTimothy Padgett after his death in Afghanistan in 2007 when I was the staff photographer for the Walton Sun a weekly newspaper. This image is from the day he was laid to rest. The daily that covered the area also sent a photographer. Since both newspapers were owned by Freedom, the daily shooter was given priority over me. I was not impressed with the images captured by the daily's shooter. They just did not seem to evoke any emotion.
After leaving the area several years later, I contacted the mother of SSgt. Padgett and sent her a CD of the images I had captured.


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Friday, May 11, 2018

And the world passes by

Another from last week at the local arts & crafts show on the square. I was walking around passing out flyers for my exhibition when I spotted these two girls just sitting on the pavement. Fortunately (for them!) it had been clouded all day and the asphalt had not heated up from the sun. I took shots from behind as I approached them and then move around for a couple of shots from the front. The frontal view I think works best in the composition as people paid them little attention and the girls paid no attention to anyone else not even the puppy on a lease. Definitely a keeper for the "PAIRS" theme!


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The balloon

Another shot from last week which I thought was productive. I hung an exhibit in a local arts center of the "PAIRS" theme I have been working on for five years and grabbed a couple of decent shots for the "PAIRS" effort that are worth keeping.
I stayed wide with this shot. It was on one of the less visited side streets for the arts festival that was going on. Looking closely I can see that one of the boys has spotted me. But I still think it will work with the theme.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

From the archives

I have decided to spend a little time going through my archives and pulling out images that resonant with me in an attempt to post more often to this blog. While I will also post recent images as they come around in front of my camera, I thought it would be nice to post a little more often.
Today's image is from a high school production of the musical FAME. I shot a number of rehearsals over several weeks (an advantage of working for a small weekly - I got to spend time following various projects). I remember this shot because of the arrangement of all the cast members in it as they were taking a break from rehearsal. I love the dynamic formed by the diagonal of the cast but also how each cast member was oblivious of the others.


There are a number of images that I remember from this coverage but this one I remember quite well. I had to move only slightly to get the composition the way it is seen here.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

A better-than-average week

We all have days/weeks/months where we got out and photograph and just throw everything in the trash when we download or develop the images. This week, for me, was better than average.
I hit the town square while my wife was at her writers' group meeting. Nothing unusual about that but I did run across a pair of city employees working on planting flowers and plants in one of the corner areas at the crossroads. The more I look at this image the more balanced it appears to me.
Initially I was just shooting the two "planters" but then I noticed two people getting ready to cross the intersection behind them. As I hit the shutter button, I did not notice that I also got two vehicles deeper into the image adding to the overall effect.
After downloading the image into Photoshop, I also noticed the overall balancing is added to by the plants that are in front of the two employees.
This image really adds to the old cliche "right time, right place."


Then, on Friday, I hung my exhibition for the upcoming week. The installation process was really a snap with the system the arts center has installed in the last year. It ended up looking exactly like I had planned.
On the weekend, the square held the annual Mayfest event where I was fortunate to catch another couple of "Pairs" images that I will post during the upcoming week. Additionally, I ran into the graphic artist/photographer that handles a lot of the social media for the arts center. He did a quick portrait shoot of me for the arts center's facebook page which he posted last night. It really felt strange to be in front of the camera instead of behind it. I am almost never in front of a camera!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Shameless self-promotion

The local arts center recently offered wall space to artists to rent for a week during the month of May.  Since I have had very little luck getting any local businesses or other organizations to show any interest in my work, I decided to rent one 19' wall. I still had some mats, frames and glass from when I hung some of my jazz photos in a local gallery in Florida and decided to use them for this.
In trying to determine what photos to exhibit, I initially thought of just showing the jazz photos that were still matted. Then I realized that jazz is not a big draw in this area and try to figure out what would possibly draw people to see my work.
As anyone knows who follows this blog, I have been working on a "Pairs on the Square" theme for the last five years. It seem to be a match made in heaven. First I had to determine what I had for mats and frames. The jazz series had consisted of five 12"x18" prints in 16"x20" frames and nine 8"x12" prints in 11"x14" frames. Then I also had eight mats for 8"x10" prints in 11"x14" frames. Since I was working on a budget (i.e., I wanted to use what mats and frames I had on hand), I needed to make my supplies work as best I could. In the end, I decided to use all five 16"x20" frames, eight 11"x14" frames for 8"x12" prints and two 11"x14" frames for 8"x10" prints.
Then I had to edit the images down to a series that would work and print them. While printing the selected images, I also determined how many I could fit on the 19-foot wall. Deciding on a final layout took several iterations. In the end, I determined I could hang 15 images using existing frames. The final layout is shown below.

Once I had determined my final edit and done all the necessary printing and matting, I needed to do the necessary self-promotion so drafted up a press release (I am, after all, a former newspaper shooter. I should know how to do that...). I sent the said press release to our local papers, the local college photography instructors and area high school instructors. Then I develop a flyer to take around to the businesses on the square that posts events in their windows. All of that has now been completed.
Today I did hear from an arts center employee that the press release had run in the local daily and she made a copy for me. As I always enjoyed seeing my byline when I was working for a small weekly, I got a little bit of a thrill to see the release (with a different headline and slightly reworded) on the front page of the paper's second section. Below the fold but still the front page.


On May 3, I will install the exhibition at the arts center. I am a little nervous about it but I pretty much have planned out the height to hang the images and the order on the wall. One more thing I plan on doing is to print out several hundred flyers to hand out this weekend. There is a arts event being held on the square that usually draws several thousand people so I am hoping that my exhibit will draw some interest.
Well, that pretty much end my "shameless self-promotion". If any of the followers of this blog are in Carrollton, GA, USA, next week please stop by (LOL!!). And it is not really much to get excited about. It is not like the arts center had approached me about doing a exhibit. I just have taken advantage of renting a space just to see what people think of what I have captured.
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