Headed down to the coast for Memorial Day weekend and stopped at a small roadside cafe with lots of old rusted metal signs, gas pumps and even an old tractor. While my wife shopped in the adjacent fruit stand, I spent 10 minutes with my iPhone exploring the textures. Here's a sample.
A quick "Mothers Day digital card" assembled from some source materials I've posted on my Photomorphis blog here: http://tinyurl.com/lhanshq along with a short video tutorial. It's an older video using an old version of on1's Perfect Photo Suite but it still works!
A recent opportunity earlier this year to travel to Cuba yielded a gold mine of imagery for me. My work explores the emotional impacts of color and texture and these qualities are abundant in Havana and it's surrounds. Check out my new Cuba portfolio section for more images but I'll leave you with this sampling.
I'm very pleased and honored to be the featured solo artist for the month of February at the new Compass Gallery in Salem Oregon. The gallery is in a great location at the Mission Mill museum in downtown Salem. If you are in the area, stop by to check out the gallery and a lot of my newer work which will be on display the month of February. I'll be attending a gallery reception for the show Thursday, Feb. 12, from 7-9 pm, and giving a short talk and slide presentation about my work. Pretty cool.
Sometimes it's just time to drop everything and head out with your camera with no intended destination. David (co-owner of Photomorphis) and I decided just to head east. We happened to stop at the North Bend Twedes cafe made famous in the TV series "Twin Peaks" for a bite of breakfast and a "damn fine cup of coffee" (as Kyle MacLachlan used to say in the show). I'd noticed a home with an amazing hedge in front of it just a few blocks from the restaurant, so after we finished breakfast we grabbed our cameras and went to check it out. Here's the result.
I made a short video of the creation of this image on the Photomorhis blog here: Private Property Video.
I hear this a lot. For instance on a recent morning I was taking some new work to "The Artist Remarque" gallery in La Conner WA, normally a 15min drive from my brothers house in Anacortes, and because of the light, the dynamic sky and the fact that I had my camera with me, well, it took over an hour. Here are my excuses:
When the Seattle Seahawks won the Superbowl last February, my son Patrick made a vow that he wouldn't shave until the Seahawks lost! Well, a seemingly meaningless loss to Denver in the Seahawks first 2014 preseason game pulled the trigger on a fabulous 6 month old beard. I managed to talk Patrick out of shaving for a week until I could get him into my small garage studio to do a portrait of him with his full beard, and the subsequent stages of the beard as it slowly disappeared. What a character!
I'd seen this out the car window on the way to a family event on Whidbey Island this past weekend and it stuck in my mind. Returning from the event I was determined to find it again to see if it was indeed an image I should pay more attention too. Turns out I was right.
On a recent evening this past week I was tempted by the summer sun and the close proximity to a local beach park to close up shop, gather up my wife, dog and a couple of sub sandwiches and motor on down to the water to enjoy a summer picnic. It's always the case that when you can break away from the routine and venture out that you'll find unexpected visual treasures. Here's one I brought home from the picnic:
Join me tomorrow for a live webinar presentation for onOne Softwares Perfect Photo Suite where I demonstrate how to assemble a digital floral greeting card that will last a whole lot longer that real flowers! We're even supplying the digital files as a free download if you want to follow along and create your own card.
While the tendency is to always be looking forward while shooting or even editing images, looking back can often yield great finds. I recently stumbled upon this image I set up in my studio long ago and it was like meeting an old friend I'd not seen in a long time. It was fun to update the image with some digital post to add the background and texture and it reminded me again of the value in the occasional glance back.
I truly love coming back from a weekend spent shooting and teaching post production to a terrific group of talented photographers and digging into my own personal work gathered in the process. The whole experience is an inspiration and motivates me to keep moving forward with my work as well as continue to share it with others in meaningful ways.
After much procrastination I've finally put together this new website that I hope will prove much easier to update and maintain. I create a lot of new work and have struggled in the past to keep my site current. It's a "Squarespace" site and I'm really liking it so far.. keep in mind however that I'm a lot better at pushing pixels than marketing and communications so be patient. I hope you like it.