The Budapest International Foto Awards dropped today. I’d submitted a series of a friend’s daughter from the last seven years and the mini-collection received an honorable mention.

Update: I received an email stating that this photo had won an honorable mention. Always good news to be mentioned honorably.

The “Black, White and All the Grays in Between” show opened to today in the gallery and online. I am pleased that “Saturday Afternoon” once again found a place to go visit.

The show runs through December 9th. You can see the 70 images in the show here.

Lincoln Gallery’s Annual Photography Show for 2022 opened November 11th and awards were given out for Architecture, Landscape, People, and a Best of Show.

My photo of Los Angeles made in 2018 from atop the Westin Bonaventure Hotel took second place in the architectural category.

Landscapes are not my main area of work, but I enjoy doing them and this is a rarity in that it’s an urban landscape. I was pleased with it at the time and it remains one of my favorite pieces because I saw it in my mind before I shot it and it came out as I had envisioned it. I like that I used the natural frame of the hotel I was in (the revolving cafe). I also like that the POV seems natural; the viewer can imagine him/herself standing where I was and feeling like s/he can walk out onto the platform (which you can’t; I shot this through a glass window).

You can see the other photos and awards here.

Annual birthday images!

Last five years have been very full of changes, ups and downs, like life in general, but at this point I feel like a chapter has closed, and whatever comes next is the next chapter.

Those of you who have followed my images the last few years probably saw a lot of raw emotion moving into healing. This year I have embraced that I am a solo and whole individual.

But also…a Father of Cats!

Quick Photoshop job to get it done in time for today. Buddy, Jaina and Faith are strays so as soon as I put them down they ran, but it’s just for my purposes so…whatevs.

Been a while since I did some basic portraits. Also been a while since I’ve used a backdrop (they’re a pain to steam or “edit in post” etc)

Two were made because the ladies needed portrait / headshots for various activities. The other was a portrait made before we did a make-up session. I’ve photographed these young ladies many times over the last few years and it’s been fun to develop these relationships and see them grow up.

The second one for Miss A I edited a bit more than I ordinarily would because she needs it for auditions. Usually I don’t “airbrush” my work since everyone is beautiful as they are, but this particular one was more for a commercial purpose so I touched up the color version and then converted these to black and white for the fun of it.

…since I recommended a photo book. Almost two years. Not sure if that’s because I haven’t been looking at as many or maybe I just hadn’t come across another one I wanted to recommend.

Until now…

I actually sat down and went though a handful of a large stack of photo books I have to explore and this one jumped out. I knew it would be good because I’d bought it after seeing an article for it online, probably many months ago, and it sat in the stack for the duration.

But it’s amazing. Mr. Brandt made these photographs in an animal preserve and photographed the animals with the people, so they are NOT composites in that fashion. In short, it’s a commentary on the destruction of our environment and the impact it has on people and animals.

For me (which may say more about me than the images; we see ourselves in others’ work) these foggy portraits in a barren land express a kinship that exists between us and our fellow tenants on this rock of ours as well as a deep grief for the losses we are witnessing (or ignoring) all around us. They are a warning and a reminder of how fragile life (and civilization) are (though often the two are in conflict).

It’s a beautiful book of meaningful work and I recommend it.