I am thrilled to announce that my photographic exhibition at Purdue University’s Lawson Computer Science Building is now open. What an honor. Thank you to all those who helped make this a reality.
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Memorial Day in the United States seems to signify the beginning of the summer season. But, it started as a way to honor those who have fallen in service to our country. I visited the Golden Gate National Cemetery this year and let my art speak for my heart.
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Well, yes. Yes, I am. Let me explain.
When I am out and about, I often will happen across something that makes me wonder “how did that happen”? It could be shadows on a wall, leaching minerals, or paint that drips. In this case, it is a combination of the paint and the rust. While out at a local hardware store in Berkeley, my attention was drawn to a large water tower that seems to have had better days. Water towers in small towns are quite common. They are not all that common in the middle of the urban landscape. How did it get here? What is its history? How did the city grow up around it?
As mentioned earlier, my subject matter doesn’t move very often. The Embarcadero in San Francisco is a favorite spot. It has become a vibrant part of the community since the Embarcadero Freeway was removed after the 1989 earthquake. It is constantly changing with rotating art installations, varying foot traffic, building upgrades, brightly colored street cars, and more. Which means I get to go back and explore it again and again. Yesterday was a great example.
This photograph of two unfinished wagon wheels was taken at the wheelwright shop in Williamsburg, VA. I can’t even recall what year it was, but probably sometime in 1975 or 1976. My memory is also hazy about the particular camera I used. My guess is that it was a Nikkormat FTN, which I would have been using about that time. What I am clear on is that it is the first photograph that I entered into a juried competition. It won a 3rd place finish in the 1977 Wayne County Art fair held in Richmond, IN. Read more