Saturday, January 20, 2007

Through the Shadow, February 1-27

Through the Shadow
February 1-March 26, 2007
Photo Print Gallery
Pacific NW College of Art
Opening: First Thursday, February 1, 6-8pm
Come by and say hello! There's always a lot happening at PNCA on First Thursday!
This show features work produced while on a 2 week
art residency at Caldera's Central Oregon facility.

Benham Gallery Show, January 10 - February 10, 2007

If you are in the Seattle area this month, I have a piece in a group show at the Benham Gallery, January 10 - February 10, 2007. They're located just around the corner from the Seattle Art Museum, at 1216 First Ave.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Perfecto Glass Jewelry

Local artisan Bryce Tiffner makes this beautiful glass jewelry by hand. He and his wife Paola own Perfecto Glass Jewelry, and we had fun photographing it with some excellent models. If you like it (and Valentine's Day is coming right up...), you can find it online here.

As Portland photographers, we love photographing for local artisans like this!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Adaliah is off to Tibet

We have some friends who have been living and studying in China and Tibet for some time now. They recently returned to the states to have their first baby, by the name of Adaliah. They asked me to take a few photos of them before heading back to Asia.

I don't photograph babies too often, but boy can they make for goofy pictures. (There are many touching, beautiful porttraits as well; I'm just showing the goofy ones here....) Here are a few samples; I should set up a Caption Contest for them....

"Yo, Homes, wazzup?"

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Environmental Portrait Workshop at PNCA

Manuel Izquierdo, Sculptor
Portland, Oregon, 2004

This Spring, I will be teaching a new workshop at Pacific Northwest College of Art, called The Environmental Portrait. It's a natural class for me to teach, since I love and have been making location portraits for a couple of decades now. Here's the class description:

When a photographer takes a portrait of someone in their natural surroundings, we call it Environmental or Location Portraiture. Environmental portraits are a way of saying more about a person than is possible in the artificial confines of the photographic studio or a simple headshot. Photographers have used environmental portraiture to document figures in popular culture (Annie Liebowitz, Arnold Newman), social commentary and documentary (Dorothea Lange, Milton Rogovin), and the expression of personal vision (Keith Carter).

In this class we will look at the work of master location portrait photographers, current and past; review and critique each other's work; and discuss how location portraits say much about the subject, but also about the social and political context in which they live. We will be working with models, model and property releases, available and artificial lighting techniques, the portrait as a series, composition, camera and media choices, output and presentation, and more. We will also go on location with models for demonstrations, and for time to photograph in class with instructor oversight. Both film and digital shooters in any medium are welcome. The class will culminate with a portrait series as a final project.

Prerequisites: A firm grasp of basic photographic technique, and a passion for portraits.

The class is on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-12:30pm, and runs Apr 07-May 12. You can find out more and register at the PNCA Continuing Education Program site.

Friday, January 05, 2007


A portrait of photographer Heather Hawksford, in the new James John Cafe in St Johns. Quintessential Portlandiana. I love being a Portland photographer.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Talitha Koum

A photo for the day: really a combination of photography and encaustics, which is an ancient form of painting involving beeswax, pigment, and mixed media. You can see more in this series here.