Capital City Arts Initiative Show

I have a show, “Tow’ring High” at the Capital City Arts Initiative in Carson City, Nevada.

July 8th  –  November 15th , 2015

Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room
851 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada
Open to the public during City meetings, most M – Th evenings

Every image in this show was created with a modified Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with Kodak Tri-X 35mm film. I process the film in my own darkroom, scan the negatives and print digital archival prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper with an Epson 7890 wide format printer. Trish and I cut, assemble and paint all our own frame moulding, plus we cut the glass and mattes then assemble. In other words we create absolutely everything, down to the very last detail!

Here is the show, better yet, go see it yourself, they look so much better in person.

And, they would look even better on your wall! Support the arts, buy art!

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“Cow Camp Fence”

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“Keep Right”

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“Ruby Hill Sky”

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“BUMP”

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“Newark Ranch”

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“Nothing”

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“Steens Mountain”

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“Ward Charcoal Ovens”

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“7th Street”

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“Huntington Fence”

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“Diamond Windmill”

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“WHOA”

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“Hamilton Corral”

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“Mustang Windmill”

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“25MPR II”

Did Cliven Bundy Kill the Cowboy?

Did Cliven Bundy kill the cowboy?

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For two decades I have been photographing the cowboy and the country they work. These folks don’t warm up to strangers with cameras too quickly, so it’s of no surprise it took several years after moving to Eureka, Nevada that a few ranchers started to invited us to photograph their ranching activities.062212a#30(GreenspringsBranding)

For purely esthetic reasons, I focus my attention on the ranchers that cowboy in a more traditional manor. Attending and photographing traditional ranching activities really ended up more like photographing a major family gathering, so no wonder these folks don’t want some pesky photographer around for their traditional family get togethers!

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Over the years I have enjoyed success with showing and selling images from this ever evolving body of work.

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But, in the last year, galleries and museums alike have been turning cold to the idea of a show about the cowboy.

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Even galleries that expressed interest in my cowboy work are now turning their back…

Turns out this phenomena was created out of politics, citing distancing themselves from the idea of Cliven Bundy and how Americans are currently perceiving the modern day rancher. Did Cliven Bundy kill the romantic ideal of the American Cowboy image?

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Thoughts? Opinions?

Digital Disaster

Earlier this year cleaning up in the studio, I accidentally knocked a 3TB hard drive off my desk and it crashed to the floor ceasing to function. When I plugged it back in, it briefly made a grinding/buzzing noise then nothing… It does not show up on the desktop, nor does it show up in disk utilities, making disk recovery impossible. This hard drive contained every single image ever shot with both Canon 5D MkII digital cameras spanning a five year period. Fortunately, I also back up to DVD and jobs get backed up twice, once as delivered, usually full sized tiff’s and as unedited dng files. The problem here is that when I started to back up from the DVD’s to a new hard drive most of the DVD’s wouldn’t play. I installed a second optical drive into my MacPro. Now most of the DVD’s do play, but not all of them (insert expletive here)! Also, I had not backed up to DVD for several months. So, every image created between August and January is gone forever (except jobs), along with those random DVD’s that still will not play (insert very loud expletive here)! I ordered several new internal and external hard drives for the MacPro and one more portable hard drive for the MacBook Pro so, this way I can create multiple back ups while on the road as well and even more back ups once I return to the studio.

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Storm chasing near Eureka, Nevada May 17th, 2015.

All this digital turmoil has made me rethink how I feel about and deal with digital photography. Don’t get me wrong, I like digital as much as I like analog photography. I think of the two as tools, not a preference, not unlike a painter would chose a different paint brush to create a different look. I pick up a different camera to create the effect I’m after. Many of my photographer friends would throw a major wobbler about now, shouting and screaming to defend how much better digital or analog is from the other. I think you’re all very funny! Over the last decade I have been shooting most of my personal color work with digital. All of my black & white has been on film. But lately, for my personal color work I have been returning to film and my Hasselblad. I don’t think it is as much about whether or not it’s digital or analog, but rather how much I really like designing within the square format over a rectangle.

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Lower Columbia River, Washington

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Tahoe, California

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Ibex Dunes, California

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Immigrant Road, Nevada

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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Fathom Gallery Reception

051298a#3 Please come to Fathom’s Celebration of the Month of Photography Los Angeles. My Reception date is set! Hope to see you there! Friday April 17th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Fathom’s Events (30 days and 30 nights of photography)
California Market Center
C Building Lobby
110 East 9th Street CL002
Los Angeles, CA 90079
(213) 221-4545