Berenice and I were going to photograph some yoga poses on a mini-hike, but I hurt my ankle playing pickle ball (look it up, it’s all the rage). So we settled for some studio shots, which are none-the-less impressive thanks to her control over her body. Hopefully once my ankle heals we can hit the trail and make some outdoor images as well. In the meantime these should tide us over.

There is a monthly photography contest called Shoot the Frame. Each month they choose a winner in the face, land, and wild categories.

For March I was a finalist for face and finalist for land (need to find me some wild I guess).

The face belongs to traveling model Perrin Marie. You can see her work on Instagram

The land I previously posted last month with my images from my trip to Page, AZ.

I was privileged enough to be permitted to photograph the dress rehearsal for the Scorpius Dance Theatre Wednesday night. They are performing their current show David + Lisa at the Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix in the outdoor space (which I really liked!) masked and socially distanced of course.

I have been given approval to share the first few I found time to edit. Eventually I’ll make a page with whatever the full collection ends up being, but for now you can see batch # 1 here.

And for Heaven’s sake, go see them Friday or Saturday night! Support art!! Go!!!

The online gallery is live for the Prairie Village Arts Council Art of Photography 2021 Exhibition.

I have two pieces in the online show: the very familiar to some “Into Dreamtime” as well as one of my best images of Mt Fuji in Japan.

The entire gallery can be seen here.

At the bottom of that gallery page you can also vote for the people’s choice award. I dislike these sorts of things as it comes down to who has the most friends voting for them, but if you want to leave a vote for either piece I appreciate the love. You can only vote once.

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Sometimes we just like to do something else.

Sometimes we like to do something silly for the fun of it.

This is the joy of working with the same people over and over; the inhibitions come down and people can just be their silly selves.

And of course the brownies don’t hurt either.

You can see the rest here.

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Last year about this time I won my first prizes for some of my work beyond “honorable mention:” three third place finishes at the Dewitt County Shutterbug Contest.

This year I only got one ribbon, but it was BLUE!

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I made this photo with Davaki on a cold December morning in 2017. It had received an honorable mention in another contest, but I’m pleased to say it took FIRST in the portraits / people category. It remains one of my favorites and I’m glad someone else liked it too : P

You can see all the winners hereBUT be warned the best in show was of cheetah cubs carrying a kill. It’s not a shocking image per se, but it’s the first picture to come up and it’s larger on the left banner of the page. Just don’t want you caught off-guard like I was, and I’d seen the image before.

Last weekend I went to Page, Arizona for the first time to kayak to Antelope Canyon. I’d not kayaked before and based on the trip out I’d do it again. Based on the trip back, not so much; it was GRUELING. But every so often we have to battle through a situation because we have no other choice and then we know we can do it again. But I’d rather not. Even though I did. And I could. But I’d rather not. No thank you.

Anyway, the Page page has a few images I’ve found time to edit thus far. More may come later.
Or not. 

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Yesterday I found out that one of my pieces that had been on display at the Marblehead Art Association show in January. This is not the first print I’ve sold, but it is the first sale from an art show to someone I don’t know, someone who saw it in the gallery and decided to purchase it.

We should not need the validation for our art, but it sure is nice when it happens : )

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