Local artisan Bryce Tippner makes this beautiful glass jewelry by hand. He and his wife Paola own Perfecto Glass Jewelry, and we had a great time photographing their handiwork in the studio with some excellent models. They use these images in their booth displays at tradeshows.
You can find their beautiful work online at their website, Perfecto Glass.
We have some friends who have been living and studying in China and Tibet for some time now. They recently returned to the states to have their first baby, by the name of Adaliah. They asked me to take a few photos of them before heading back to Asia.
I don’t photograph babies too often, but boy can they make for goofy pictures. (There are many touching, beautiful porttraits as well; I’m just showing the goofy ones here….) Here are a few samples; I should set up a Caption Contest for them….
“Yo, Homes, wazzup?”
This Spring, I will be teaching a new workshop at Pacific Northwest College of Art, called The Environmental Portrait. It’s a natural class for me to teach, since I love and have been making location portraits for a couple of decades now. Here’s the class description:
When a photographer takes a portrait of someone in their natural surroundings, we call it Environmental or Location Portraiture. Environmental portraits are a way of saying more about a person than is possible in the artificial confines of the photographic studio or a simple headshot. Photographers have used environmental portraiture to document figures in popular culture (Annie Liebowitz, Arnold Newman), social commentary and documentary (Dorothea Lange, Milton Rogovin), and the expression of personal vision (Keith Carter).
In this class we will look at the work of master location portrait photographers, current and past; review and critique each other’s work; and discuss how location portraits say much about the subject, but also about the social and political context in which they live. We will be working with models, model and property releases, available and artificial lighting techniques, the portrait as a series, composition, camera and media choices, output and presentation, and more. We will also go on location with models for demonstrations, and for time to photograph in class with instructor oversight. Both film and digital shooters in any medium are welcome. The class will culminate with a portrait series as a final project.
Prerequisites: A firm grasp of basic photographic technique, and a passion for portraits.
The class is on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-12:30pm, and runs Apr 07-May 12. You can find out more and register at the PNCA Continuing Education Program site.
I’m always working on something interesting. Please visit my fine art photography website to see more of what I’m up to!
Summer seems so long ago. At least now we’re past the solstice, and are wending our slow way back to more sunlight. Speaking of which, here are a couple of summer portraits, of a young lady from Lake Oswego. Doesn’t that sunlight on her shoulders make you warm all over? It makes me want to head to Mexico for a while….
Every Saturday night for the last couple of years I’ve driven out to East Portland to Sarah Modrall’s house. Within a short time, 30-50 street kids converge on her house, and we spend the next several hours eating a good meal, talking, studying the Bible, singing, hanging out. It’s an amazing time, really.
This weekend we had our annual Christmas party. What a hoot! We played games, ate food, and had a gift exchange. A fun celebration of relationships built and hope restored at this special time of year.
The kids find it hilarious that I am able to take the group pictures, and be in them at the same time….
Back in August I applied for a visual arts grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). It was the first real grant I’ve applied for, requiring extensive preparation, a couple classes, lots of thought, calculations, and organization. You submit all of this, along with samples of your work, and then you wait. Three to four months. Wondering if you should be making plans for the following year, but not quite sure.
Well, I got home from rock climbing this afternoon, opened the mail, and…I got the grant.
I applied so I could pursue the documentary work on eating disorders (see posting below on anorexia and bulimia) which I began this past year. I have some goals set out in the grant, which need to be met by the end of 2007. Now I can (once the holidays pass…) jump in and get moving. Pretty exciting stuff. Can’t wait to show you what I come up with.
Getting a grant is exciting and moving, not just to have the money to work with, but moreso to have the recognition from people you respect. It’s more of a pat on the back that says, “What you’re doing is valid and important. Keep moving.”
A grant also seems to give validity to others that what you’re doing is bonafide, genuine. I hope it might open some other doors as I move forward. Stay tuned.