A great title, since for portraitists this what we are dealing with. Frank Cordelle’s work collects portraits of females from birth to early 90’s and everywhere in between, in some cases the same person at two different ages. Each photo has a write-up, in most cases from the photographed person.

It’s not for the puritanical since there are underage people in the natural state and the opening photo is a crowning birth, but the material is not suggestive and it’s a beautiful collection that shows bodies and engaging gazes.

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working that is.

I stumbled upon this little gem months ago at Half Price Books and didn’t look at it until yesterday when I was going through some of my collection. It’s a delightful little piece covering the work of Philippe Halsman and his wife who acted as his assistant during the course of his career. This little volume shows some of his pieces he took of famous people in the mid-20th century, including Einstein and Churchill, and includes behind the scenes photos and little notes from him and his wife about the event. I should have known his name; he made the photos with Dali of the cats and water and chair in the air, as well as the skull formed by nude female models.

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Clearly I’ve been submitting to too many contests; I keep losing track.

Members’ Exhibition 2020

At some point a few months ago I submitted some images to the AZ Photo Alliance for an online exhibition. I didn’t place in the viewer-liking system, but two of my images are still on display at the above site.

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Go have a look and see what the other artists have done : )

This book was recommended to me by Jock, so naturally I jumped right on it and I’m glad I did. The cover image is the most striking for me, but there are many more images within that appeal to me due to their high-contrast, their fragment of life look (a “street photo” appearance) but they tell a story.

There was one image in particular of a man who appears to be weeping at the bottom of a long flight of stairs. I don’t know what his story is, but one aspect of art is we all see what we want to see, or there’s a connection our mind makes based on experiences. I won’t go into the details, but the image spoke me and re-enforced this truth that art means something to each person. My image “Into Dreamtime” has been my most successful image, but someone recently told me it didn’t stand out for him.

But I beheld this book and and glad I did.

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I was checking up on various submissions I made in the last couple of months, and there’s a page called “Shoot the Frame” where each month they have a contest for pictures for land, wild, and faces. I submitted a photo of Mt. Fuji and received a “finalist” listing for it.

Shoot the Frame - 2020-05 Land Finalist

It’s always pleasing to have one’s work selected, but I’m doubly pleased because I don’t shoot big colorful composites; I shoot what I see and don’t dress it up. My landscapes are “as shot,” and while I will enhance by making it black and white or if it’s in color I’ll bring the colors out, but it’s ONE photo, not many layered photos. Consequently my landscapes can’t usually compete with those who dedicate themselves to collecting different pieces to create their (undeniably beautiful) version of the world.

You can see some of those beautiful landscapes here.

https://shoottheframe.com

along with the categories for “The Wild” and “The Face.”

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