“Harnessing the Wind”

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Archive Collections of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art!

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My portfolio “Harnessing the Wind” consists of 21 – 14” x 21” color digital photographs, printed on 17” x 22” Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 301 gsm smooth paper on an Epson 7890 printer using Epson’s Ultrachrome K3 inkset. I made 15 in depth visits to three utility grade commercial wind energy projects in the United States. The photographs were created between 2012 and 2014, printed by myself in Eureka, Nevada in November of 2015.

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I was contacted by a San Francisco advertising agency in 2011 to document construction of Nevada’s first utility grade wind farm, and was excited to work on an assignment incorporating a gorgeous landscape with an industrial scale renewable energy project.

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Pattern Energy’s Spring Valley Wind is situated on 7,680 acres of BLM administered land, thirty miles east of Ely, Nevada in White Pine County near US-50. Spring Valley Wind consists of 66 2.3 megawatt Siemens wind turbine generators. The 152 megawatt facility started selling electricity to NV Energy in August of 2012.

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After negotiations, planning meetings and scheduling, I finally had the opportunity to explore the Spring Valley construction site in October of 2011. I located the lay down yard covered with pick up trucks, heavy equipment and temporary office trailers and checked in with the staff of Mortenson Construction. Site specific safety training and personal safety equipment are a prerequisite prior to entering the construction site. We were escorted by a safety officer for a tour of the site while working out the best way to accomplish an extensive shot list.

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We scouted locations the day before for early light and arrived the next day about an hour before sunrise. Provided we followed strict safety rules, stay out of active construction zones and wore our safety gear, we were free to roam the site making photographs of the largely unfinished wind farm. Shortly after sunrise, crews began arriving for their daily safety briefing. We met our safety officer, who escorted us to the individual construction sites. He introduced us to each site’s foreman, who in turn would go over site specific safety concerns and then had us sign in.

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My wife, Trish, who is also my producer and assistant, would set me up with equipment for the particular scene. Sometimes, she would need to stay back while I went into the active construction site with the safety officer watching my back enabling me to get close to the action without getting hurt or impeding construction. At sites that were less hectic or dangerous, she’d assist by holding a radio controlled strobe or fill card to help with lighting.

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Because Spring Valley is located on BLM public lands, excavation was done with archeologists observing for artifacts. The BLM also required the areas around the turbines to be restored to its natural state upon completion to have as little impact as possible on the fragile desert ecosystem. At this early point in construction, other than the grid of access roads, most of the landscape was undisturbed. I documented workers using heavy equipment excavating, setting rebar and then pouring concrete foundations. After those tasks, more earthwork was done to back fill the foundations.

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We returned to Spring Valley in April of 2012 to photograph a much more evolved construction site. Although far from it, the site looked largely complete. This time, we photographed tower erections and 174’ blades being connected to the hub. The lift involves picking up a complete rotor assembly, lifting it to the top of the 262’ tower with a giant site-built crane while workers inside connect the two pieces.

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Returning in August 2012 we photographed the grand opening for Pattern Energy which was preempted by stormy weather. It was spectacular weather for me though, so I was busy until it was too dark to shoot creating many of the images found in this portfolio.

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Our last photo shoot at Spring Valley Wind was to document the entire wind farm in the winter. The snow finally flew in December and we spent a couple of beautiful, but very cold, (-18˚C / 0˚F) days photographing.

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The success at Spring Valley Wind led to an invitation to photograph Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Wind facility located on 12,500 acres of BLM land, northwest of Ocotillo, California in Imperial County. This site consists of 112 – 2.3 megawatt Siemens turbines. The 265 megawatt facility started selling electricity in July of 2013.

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On our first trip to Ocotillo, we arrived at the mostly completed wind farm in mid June. Ocotillo is just 12 miles from the US Mexico border and it was very hot. For our three-day photo shoot the lowest temperate was 28˚C (83˚F) and the high was 46˚C (114˚F).

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This photo shoot was very different from Spring Valley. My shot list was primarily to create beautiful landscape images of the facility and to make it look like it was functioning when it was not.

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I was also charged with documenting this facility’s unique feature, the “Bird Tower”, an observation tower staffed by an ornithologist to watch for avian activity. The ornithologist has the ability to shut down the entire facility to reduce bird mortality. The facility was also stocked with equipment to respond to any wild animal event. I spent three days photographing Ocotillo Wind. We returned one last time to document the grand opening event and to photograph the fully functioning power generating facility.

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The next invitation from Pattern was to the Panhandle of Texas for a three day photo shoot in June of 2014.

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Panhandle Wind is divided into two wind farms with both facilities located north of Panhandle, Texas in Carson County. Pan 1 is located on 52 privately held parcels of land with long-term lease agreements consisting of 118 – 1.85 megawatt General Electric turbines generating 218 megawatts. It began commercial operation in July of 2014. Pan 2 is located immediately west of Pan 1 on 40 privately held parcels of land with long-term lease agreements consisting of 79 – 2.3 megawatt Siemens turbines generating 182 megawatts. It started commercial operation in November of 2014.

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The Panhandle of Texas is so flat you can make out the curvature of the earth. I thought the location was going to be a challenge since all the other wind farms I’d previously documented were surrounded by dramatic geologic formations. Turns out, the flat landscape didn’t make the location any less interesting to photograph.

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Pan 1 was finished and producing power and Pan 2 was well into its construction phase. I was charged with a long shot list of specific construction images to be completed plus a few landscape shots of Pan 1 since it was finished, and any images I could get of Pan 2 that made it look like it was up and running.

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We returned to Panhandle, Texas in November of 2014 for a one-day photo shoot to document the grand opening event and create beauty images of the now fully functioning Pan 2. For several weeks prior to the grand opening the weather had been dull, gray and raining and it wasn’t looking promising for photographing anything outside.

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We had luck on our side though. Other than it was 10 degrees and windy, we had blue sky and sun. The turbines looked fantastic and were operating at peak capacity. I came prepared for any weather and donned my arctic parka and took to the wind farm once again to document it from before sun up to after sun down.

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Here is a link to the “Construction” portfolio.

Special thanks to NV Energy, Pattern Energy and Mortenson Construction for their generous contributions that helped to make this portfolio possible!

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Burning Man 2015

Burning Man 2015

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My Darkroom

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This was my darkroom in our house back in Warren, Oregon. The room was an addition to the rear of our 1895 farm house on an acre of land just a half an hour from downtown Portland. The 12 x 24 x 9 foot room mirrored a 12 x 24 x 9 finishing room accessible via a 36 inch revolving darkroom door allowing access even when in use. The finishing room is where I had computers, printers and scanners along with flat files and framing equipment, to complete any kind of printing project. The darkroom had room to adapt to many kinds of darkroom needs. Above the 16 feet of stainless steel sink note the plastic perforated pipe, a plastic fan sucked the air off the sink removing the chemical odors very efficiently. Two wall mounted “Omega” D5 XL’s, one fitted with an “Arista” Cold Light Head, the other an Omega color head. A “Thomas” sodium vapor safe light makes working in the room as bright as day.

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I miss this room very much! The need for a darkroom and larger studio/shop space has been a major factor for our need to move. We will miss our 1880 bank building complete with walk-In vault, but we need a lot more square feet to work in. We have had our building here in Eureka, Nevada “For Sale”for over three years now. I must admit I’m growing impatient… My current darkroom is a half bath off the studio, at least it has the space to develop film. I still have all of the darkroom equipment, but no room to set it up in. I am very much ready to start making silver prints again, not to mention Platinum/Palladium prints. Where will my new darkroom be? Where should our next move take us?

2015 Somerville Toy Camera Festival

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I’m excited that my image “Ibex Dunes” juried into the 2015 Somerville Toy Camera Festival, in Somerville, Massachusetts, Juried by Aline Smithson creator of the Lenscratch Blog.

Ibex Dunes was slated to be exhibited at the Nave Gallery, but due to logistical issues was moved to the Nave Gallery Annex at the last minute.

The Nave Gallery Annex is located at:

53 Chester St, Somerville, MA (Davis Square)

Opening Reception is Thursday September 10th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The exhibition runs from September 10th – 27th 2015

Ibex Dunes is located in Death Valley National Park and was created with a modified Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film.

More information on my photographic art can be found at my website www.deonreynolds.com

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?

Nevada Museum of Art’s Barrio Block Party

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Trish and I will have a booth set up selling our fine art photography at the

Nevada Museum of Art’s Barrio Block Party. Hope to see you there!

Saturday June 13th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Nevada Museum of Art

160 W Liberty St, Reno, NV 89501

(775) 329-3333

Join us for a blowout summer kick-off block party! Enjoy a free day at the Museum, live performances, food and craft vendors and hands-on art projects. Watch as we create original woodblock prints using an industrial asphalt roller. Make colorful tissue paper flowers and papel picado and enjoy the sounds of live music! Activities run from 10 am – 4 pm. FREE admission to the Museum continues until 6 pm.

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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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

8th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show

For the sixth year in a row I have juried into the RayKo Photo Center’s International Plastic Camera Show!

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“Equality Now!” shot with Kodak Tri-X film, through a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera will grace the walls of the RayKo Center along with so many other incredible artists’ work, including the two fantastic featured artists, Jennifer Shaw & Ernie Button.

Opening Reception is Wednesday, March 11th 6:00 – 8:00pm. Hope to see you there!

Show Dates:

March 11th – May 3rd 2015

RayKo Photo Center

428 Third Street

San Francisco CA 94107

 

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Wild Woman Artists

Are you going to the 31st Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada? If so, Trish (A Wild Woman Artist) and myself (Guest Artist) will be part of an amazing show and sale at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery right across the parking lot from the Western Folklife Center.

This event is free and open to the public.

Support the arts, buy art for your Valentine!

Hope to see you there!

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Artist Reception: Thursday January 29th, 2015 – 5 – 8 pm

Show hours: Friday January 30th, 2015 – Noon to 8 pm

Saturday January 31st, 2015 10 am – 6 pm

Kathleen Durham’s Underwood Story Hour Saturday January 31st, 2015 – 11 am

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Duncan LittleCreek Gallery & Bar

518 Commercial Street

Elko, Nevada 89801

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Artists:

Susan Church – Metal sculpture

Kathleen Durham – Stories in cloth and clay

Kristen Frantzen-Orr – Art Glass beads and jewelry

Barbara Prodaniuk – Clay

Gail Rappa – Jewelry

Trish Reynolds – Photography

Sidne Teske – Paintings

Guest Artists:

Marti Bein – Paintings

Teresa Jordan – Artist and Author

Deon Reynolds – Photography