I just received this photograph, an installation view of one of my images on display at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. It’s part of the show “All Photographers Now”,”from February 8th, 2007 to May 20th, 2007. If you happen to be in the Lausanne area, be sure to stop in!

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  • March 1, 2007 - 2:29 am

    Anonymous - Yesssssssssssss!!!

I find myself more and more drawn to faces, alone. I love to watch people, but usually in photographing them I’m making some statement about who they are, utilising their environment, dress, body language, action.
But faces. Like a butterfly hunter with his swinging net, searching constantly for something intriguing, out of the ordinary, or even something lovely in its ordinariness, I begin to collect faces. Eyes, really. And light.
In Mexico, I met a local man with the most beautiful green eyes. His name was Fili, and we expected to spend a day or two with him. Unfortunately, due to illness, we never saw him again, and I grieve the loss of the image of his kind face and those beautiful green eyes. So I become more diligent, capturing what intrigues me, swinging my net about for those rare beauties that come along the path. Pinning them to velvet for remembrance, inspiration.
Georgia O’Keefe’s teacher taught her to “fill the canvas with beautiful things,” so I shall.
You can view more of what I see on my fine art photography website
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SPU’s Gospel Choir Director Stephen Newby

I had a job this evening photographing the Seattle Pacific University Choir and Symphony. Tough job to shoot creatively in an hour. But I managed to knock out some favorites with their spirited choir and director. Here you go:

This girl saved my bacon; just the enthusiasm I needed for some energetic shots.

Ever wondered what a choir looked like from the backside on stage? I hadn’t either.
But it’s pretty cool, and the whole stage shakes when they dance and sing….

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I spent the past week or so in Mexico, in the town of Bucerias. It’s near Puerto Vallarta, on the Bay of Banderas. While there, we were able to enjoy the town’s annual week-long fiesta. On the last night of the fiesta, a procession wends its way through town toward the cathedral, with music, dancers, and a float featuring the young Virgin Mary and the Christ child. This is all followed by a spectacular fireworks display in the town square.
My favorite image, above, is of the young girl playing the Virgin outside of the cathedral. Here are a couple more:

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  • February 10, 2007 - 5:54 pm

    Anonymous - Fritz: Thanks for sharing this poignant photo you inscribe as the YoungVirgin. This is wonderfully focused in poise, color and subject. It’s all in the eyes, I guess, inclusive of costume blooming with child. I see your wonderful photographic capabilities shining back through these glistening eyes. You have chosen a profession that is a merchant of dreams as you capture by camera the music of a muse. Best regards, Clay

Through the Shadow
February 1-March 26, 2007
Photo Print Gallery
Pacific NW College of Art
Opening: First Thursday, February 1, 6-8pm
Come by and say hello! There’s always a lot happening at PNCA on First Thursday!
This show features work produced while on a 2 week
art residency at Caldera‘s Central Oregon facility.
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  • January 24, 2007 - 6:26 pm

    Anonymous - Hi Fritz
    Assuming I have found the right Fritz… I doubt if you remember me, but I stumbled across your website and think we both went to George Fox (many years ago!) In fact, we both worked in Lee Nash’s office for work study.. ring a bell? Anyway, I loved looking at your photography and made a note of your 1st Thurs showing downtown.
    Its a SMALL world 🙂
    Jennifer Hooper, class of ’91
    jennahooper@gmail.com

If you are in the Seattle area this month, I have a piece in a group show at the Benham Gallery, January 10 – February 10, 2007. They’re located just around the corner from the Seattle Art Museum, at 1216 First Ave.
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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.

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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?”

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Manuel Izquierdo, Sculptor
Portland, Oregon, 2004

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.

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  • January 10, 2007 - 3:20 pm

    Marico - This class sounds fabulous! I am sorry I won’t be in PDX for it. I hope you post some of the students’ work on this blog.
    M

A portrait of photographer Heather Hawksford, in the new James John Cafe in St Johns. Quintessential Portlandiana.
My favorite photographicassignments are usually environmental portraits such as this.  Visit my websites (both Portrait and Editorial) to see more!
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  • January 8, 2007 - 2:37 am

    Jessica - Love love love everything about this one.


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….

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