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….

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  • December 21, 2006 - 1:29 pm

    alicia marie - Fritz,

    just found your blog via Beth’s myspace. I was lost in it for hours! It is good to see some of your photography and have a little link to your life. I will be back often and promise to comment when I’m here. I vow not to be a blog stalker.. .. ..

    your cuz,
    alicia


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.

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  • December 16, 2006 - 2:11 am

    Jessica - Congratulations, Fritz! Very exciting.

  • December 22, 2006 - 4:38 am

    Katie Jervis Photography - Wonderful and very well deserved. Can’t wait to see more of this work.

  • April 25, 2007 - 1:04 pm

    midagechick - Fritz, I caught your work at my Be Nourished appt. yesterday. So hauntingly beautiful, heart wrenching and honest. Loved every one of them. Wish I could get married again so I have you take my portrait! Take care.


I love watching people, and faces are what make my artistic boat float. Last week I met Laura, who works at Print Arts Northwest (a wonderful gallery in Portland’s Pearl District), and decided I ought to include her in my Women’s Faces series (which just became a series, because this is the second one shot in the same style). (See this post for another.) She’s a novelist, and she’s the same age as me. I haven’t decided which of these 2 is more striking; leave me a comment, and tell me what you think:
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  • December 11, 2006 - 4:21 pm

    Melanie Armsbury - Both of these are great, but I really like the top one. She looks like she is about to go someplace fun. And her eyes stand out much more in this pic too.

Goatherder, Nellore, India

In the spring of 2005, I had the opportunity to travel to southeast India to photograph medical teams working in coastal villages hit by the tsunami. I documented teams giving free medical clinics; helping rebuild (from the ground up) a destroyed, relocated village; dedicating new wells; and working in an orphanage in Nellore, India. I was with a group from Open Arms International. It was a hot, exhausting, and exhilarating two weeks. You can see a selection of images from India here.

I just received notice that I will be accompanying Open Arms again, this spring, to Kenya, Africa, and to Israel. They will be doing similar work in Kenya, as well as dedicating a site they have been preparing to build a medical clinic and orphanage. The trip will be in March.

Do Kenya and Israel seem like an odd combination? I think so, too, but I’m sure excited to go.

Here are a few more images from India:



Awaiting medical aid, a woman watches as Jodhi writes her a prescription.

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I’ve been working for almost 2 years now on a photographic project about anorexia and bulimia. I’ll give the overview of the project another time. For the moment, though, I have some new images about which I’m excited, and wanted to post one or two to share. There’s nothing like having something beautiful in your back pocket, with no one to show it to….

The above image is new. This young lady, in our interview, shared how she both wants to garner attention by being the skinniest, most flexible dancer in her studio, while at the same time hates to garner attention from people concerned about her weight. A true Catch-22.

If this is something you struggle with, and you live in Portland or the Pacific NorthWest, I would like to talk with you. Please contact me; I would like to know your story, and consider including you in this project.

Alternately, if you have a strong interest in this subject as a writer or publisher, I would also be interested in talking with you. While I will soon be in the process of showing the work to publishers, I am open to discussing the matter with all interested parties.

More work in this continuing series may be seen on my fine art website, and in the dedicated site for the series Skeleton in the Closet.

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A few more images from photographing on the beach in San Francisco. These contemplative observations take in the light and land.

There’s a poem here, about love, forgotten, remembered.
Let me know if you hear it; I’d like to read what you write….


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This sign was posted along the boardwalk at regular intervals. It reads:
“People swimming and wading have drowned here.”

The light was so beautiful on the water, warm and soft and silky….

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I spent the afternoon walking the beach in San Francisco, photographing as I went along.  This is some of the more enjoyable, leisurely, delightful photography I do.  I love to watch people and photograph them, photograph the light.  It’s an excercize in seeing.

Surfer from the Midwest
Lost in Thought
Waiting

Blonde

Pink

Diarama

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Shannon’s from San Francisco. I took her portrait after her boyfriend Ian played a gig at a restaurant, and we were waiting around afterward on the sidewalk. What a beautiful face. Love those freckles. All girls with freckles should be proud! And you should contact me, so I can take your portrait for my Freckles series!

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  • September 20, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    Laura’s Silvery Eyes » Fritz Photography - […] series (which just became a series, because this is the second one shot in the same style). (See this post for another.) She’s a novelist, and she’s the same age as me. I haven’t decided […]


I received an email from a customer this week, whose wedding I will be photographing next summer at Youngberg Hill Vineyard, in Yamhill County, Oregon. She and her fiance just moved to the Bay Area, and she was asking in her email if I had any suggestions regarding who might be a good photographer to do their engagement portraits in San Francisco. I emailed her back and said, in short, I’m in San Francisco right now; let’s do them while I’m here. And so we did.

At a friend’s suggestion, we went to Baker Beach in the late afternoon, and the view was stunning.

We had heard that some part of Baker Beach is often used as a male nudist beach. We were walking in the direction we thought was the opposite of this area, to take portraits. It wasn’t until we were climbing up on the rocks past a gentleman (who appeared to be working on some sort of rock/driftwood scultpure) that we noticed he was wearing only his shirt. Nothing else.

I couldn’t resist; I took this engagement portrait discreetly, with some of the unclad company in the background. And no, it won’t be included in their final set of images:

 

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  • August 9, 2017 - 11:18 am

    In Love in Hawaii - […] Ten years ago, I photographed Kristina and James’s wedding at the amazing Youngberg Hill Vineyard, outside of McMinnville, Oregon.  But a few months prior to that, I photographed their engagement portraits at Baker Beach, in San Francisco.  We had the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and everything; it was wonderful.  (See their engagement portraits here.) […]


The editorial/advertising/photojournalism/documentary section of my photography website has needed an update for some time. I just completed it, keeping it simple, but including a lot of images not before seen on my site. You can visit the editorial photography page of FritzPhoto.

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“Fairy Smile” 2004
From the series
Through the Shadow
I had the privilege of being invited to participate in an exhibit and auction this month at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, in Eugene, Oregon. I’m honored to be in the show with such esteemed photographers at Ruth Bernhard, Steve Anchell, Stu Levy, Michael Kenna, and many others.
You can read the press release here.

I have 2 pieces in the show, selected from two different series. (I’ll list them here, because, unfortunately, the reproductions on their website catalog are hideous. They also forgot to list me in the list of exhibitors, although you’ll find me in the alphabetical listings….)

“Sonja” 2002
From the series Welcome to Wonderland

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