September 16, 2022
Mid-July started what could be called a vacation. Retired in Ashland has felt like vacation so I will just say we weren't home for a few weeks.
The last two weeks of July we were in Eugene, Oregon at the University of Oregon, Hayward Field for the Track and Field (Athletics) World Championships. The first time they have been held in the USA and only 150 miles from my home.
Walking around the streets of Eugene yielded some worthwhile photos and some have been added to RECENTS. It follows that being with 10,000 screaming track fans from 40+ countries I could - and did get Covid. Fortunately, the "light" version, but 10 days of quarantine cut the 4 weeks we were to spend on the cool California coast down to three weeks. I took about 40 lbs of camera gear with me but used only the Noblex 150 Pro panoramic camera I bought in 2015. I wanted to expose as many rolls of film as possible, just to see if I knew how to load and use it. Loading a Noblex, forwarding the film and unloading it is a new and partially intimidating experience, especially if you don’t want to expose the film before or after making desired exposures. I was partially successful. There’s room for improvement. Three images using the Noblex in RECENTS / PANORAMIC FILM were made in California and another from earlier here at home. A fascinating old technology, the Noblex 150 camera has a rotating lens that creates a 150-degree panoramic on 120 film, check it out on line.
I've added some of a new series to RECENTS / SIX FEET OF SEPARATION. An ongoing project that documents the remnants of the separation, isolation and other measures we were asked to adhere to in public spaces. Like the pandemic itself, the quarantine and disruption of life are slowly disappearing. Before they dissolve altogether, I am searching for them or finding them as I move about my now, more normal life.
Another addition to RECENTS are photos made at LAKE SHASTA in northern California. I drive past Lake Shasta on every trip to California. The fall of 2021 the lake was unbelievably low and the orange soils exposed in the setting sun were breathtaking, in both the beauty of the scene and the tragic consequences of the driest years the state has known.
A series of photos I call STREET SEEN are now in RECENTS. I'm fascinated by the patterns and designs created by road workers spraying oil to fill cracks in streets here in Ashland. That series extended into the quarantine; my daily dog walk around the neighborhood was my only outing. On those outings I noticed that the black rubber of truck tires scraping on the yellow painted curbs made patterns I could see as abstract expressionist images. Street Seen now includes many other subjects, but all have been "seen" while I have been walking around town.
May 31st, 2022. My photo, Pastel House in Ashland that was selected for exhibit at Black Box Gallery has been added to About, Jurors Selections.
May 14, 2022. Denmark 1970-1972 Folio
I just rearranged and added photos to better represent the group titles and fill out the stories portrayed. Have a look and enjoy!
May 2, 2022. I finally have a better photo for my About page. Thanks to my good friend Dennis Scott..