Black & White = Home

From Whence I Came

I’m starting to do more black and white work lately. There are many reasons why… I’ll be announcing one of them at the end of the month!
But what I CAN tell you is that I’m loving it!

I started in black and white photography back in the 70′s and it was simply my one true love. When I had to give it up due to darkroom chemical sensitivity, it was a sad, sad day. When digital came of age, I leapt like gazelle back into photography. I was hungry for color, which I still love with all my heart. Now… the mystery of shadow and light, positive and negative space, the sheer minimal attraction of monochrome is like coming home again. Aaahhhhh.

This: from Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Single frame. Incredible luck.

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 4 – Putting It Together

4th installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Putting It All Together

You’ve got your photos selected. Check.
Print lab chosen. Check
Print materials and images matched up. Check and check.

Now you just wait for it all to show up and away you go, right? Ummmmm… not quite.

My show included this group of images, which range in size from 6′ across to 30″ across. It’s not huge: only 13 prints:

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 3 – The Selections

3rd installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Photo Selections… The Mannequins

So, in yesterday’s post I mentioned that the owner of  Coffeebar had some pretty clear ideas about this photo show of mine. He didn’t want to have final say about ALL of the images… but did point to a few in particular that he liked. There were the mannequins… which I’d taken some years ago, just a bit of whimsy that amused me:

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 2 – Vulnerability

2nd installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”,  featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Sharing – and Vulnerability

As artists – and as entrepreneurs – we have to put our work out there. HAVE to. There are many, many ways to do this… and for me this month, doing my first-ever official photography show is part of the equation. Will I like it? Hate it? Will it be effective? Will I want to do it again? All things for me to discover. But in order TO discover anything, you have to set both feet in and embrace the opportunity wholeheartedly. For me, that also means sharing the experience. ;)

Aside from all the STUFF you have to do, there is one really important aspect that we must never forget. What we are doing here is sharing our art… sharing ourself. We’re putting it all out there; heart, soul, vision, love. We’re being vulnerable. Being authentic. It’s necessary – and for me, the occasional discomfort that goes along with really showing up is all part of it. If it makes me squirm, well, so be it. Because I’m not willing to stay small and safe in the hard candy shell of pretend-safety. If there were ever a time in our world to shine a light – this is it! However you can do it, with whatever part of you that can truly show up authentically and do that – you have to do it.

For this reason – and for this aspect of what putting on a show means – I’m sharing an incredible TED Talk from Brené Brown about this very thing. It might just change your life!

 

Lesson: Being vulnerable can be a superpower. In art… that’s necessary on SO many levels!

 

Tomorrow: Part 3

Selections? Print lab? Sizes? How many? Presentation? Ack! These are just a few of the issues you have to solve when putting on a show . Tomorrow, I’ll show you how I went about it. It might just give you some ideas for a show of your own!

 

 

Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 1 – The Concept

1st installment in a 3-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

 

Ever Wonder What It Takes To Do An Photography Show?

I sure did!
I’ll admit it – nothing makes me purr like the vision of my work on wall. Seeing, feeling, experiencing my soul’s vision taking physical form as a show is a dream. Of course, in said dream, the show is big… so are the prints. Gallery? Maybe. From my vision, I can’t tell what the venue is. My dream currently seems to include only the look of the thing – and the impact it has. It makes me smile really big whenever I visit it.

But while my work has been featured in a show, I’ve never done an official one of my own. Would I like it, I wondered? Would it be fun, or a big pain in the ass?
I might want to find out before fully committing to the BIG picture, y’know?

Enter Coffeebar Truckee

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Developments in the KHutt World!

This Summer Won’t Be Lazy!

I thought this summer might be relaxing, once I got past installing my photography show here in Truckee. That’s this week! More soon…

Then new stuff sprouted. You know the seeds you plant in the fertile earth, that with sufficient light, water and loving care eventually poke their heads above ground? Yeah, that stuff.

In my case, these sprouts (the ones I can talk about, anyway) are:

Here’s The Short List:

1. A new website is officially underway. But not just ANY website… it’s the first one in my history that’ll bring together all my worlds. Photography, voiceover, speaking, The Chat, teaching, LIL Galleries, products, blog… all under ONE ROOF!! But wait, there’s more! This site is being done with my absolute dream team of a web designer, programmer and copywriter, who will all help make the vision behind it all come to life in a way I’ve never quite managed before. It’ll contain fabulous functionality, be fun to interact with – be abfab in every way.

2. I’m working on a new collection of photographic art. This is one piece from it:

(Working title: “The KHutt Collection”. hahah! I’ll probably change it, but that entertains me right now.)

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Moon Over Manhattan

Surprising – and Panoramic – Moments

I keep saying I don’t shoot panoramas, then I go and shoot another panorama. Like this one, of the Manhattan skyline taken from Queens. It’s not the hugest panorama ever created… 115,000 pixels across… but it’ll fill up a decent-sized wall nicely.

It happened pretty much by accident too, which is one of the best things about it!

A long lookAt a big city, where being Mooned only makes it more beautiful.(6 image panorama)

When Music Meets Photography

It seems like minutes ago that the hubs and I were in New York. But it’s going on a couple of weeks now. Sheeesh! Time flies!
One evening, we went with Joe’s kid Caleb – who’s a badass drummer – to one of his gigs over in Queens. It was fun, at the L.I.C. Bar. That stands for Long Island City, which I guess is technically where we were.

It was a lovely, warm night… and we’d gotten there early. Caleb was all set up and ready to go too. He looked at me and said “There’s a really cool view of the Manhattan skyline at the end of that road”… pointing to that road… “Wanna see it?”

I said “Sure!”, thinking “What does the kid know about great views?”.
So he walks us down to this little park at the end of the road and my jaw dropped. Dropped, I tell you! Hit the ground. Full on gapeage.
The sight was spectacular! Of course EVERYONE photographs the Manhattan skyline, but I wasn’t about to let THAT stop me!

I thanked Caleb profusely (my respect for his artistic eye skyrocketing) and set about capturing this breathtaking vista.
It was a little before sunset, so I had a chance to scope for a bit. Then I went to town.

Close up, Far Away – Covering the Gamut

I photographed wider first, then as the sun started to create cool reflections against the buildings, went for color block close ups like this, which I shot with my Canon 70-300 f/3.5-5.6:

June...Both the month and the girlWas utterly over Manhattan, each in different ways.

And generally covered every bit of the scene at different focal lengths, different compositions.

Then I hustled back to C’s gig. It was only an hour and I wasn’t about to miss it!

Random note: I discovered a beer at L.I.C. Bar called Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen that I absolutely fell in love with! I’m not much of a beer drinker, but lordy, I could get used to that one!

But Then… the Night. Yummmm!

Gig done, sun was down, moon was up; Joe and Caleb wanted to go get a beer elsewhere. We ended up at a really nice bar at that same park I photographed in earlier. And guess what I saw:

This, a single shot captured with a Canon 24-70 f/2.8:

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and when I looked to the right, this (same lens):

Queens, NYSet anchor, rest a spell.You may be out of your element, but you're not out of your mind.So fill up, replenish.You can take the world tomorrow.

.. and then I thought to myself: “Self. This would look amazing on a wall BIG.”
Self agreed.

So we photographed that sucker BIG. Made a nice panorama, 7 images across… complete with the moon, the reflection, the river, even the plane with its long exposure streak. (I could’ve eliminated the long exposure streak. But I like it. It makes it so… that moment.). Used that trusty 24-70mm f/2.8 with my Canon 6D, which is phenomenal at night! (which was also the reason I brought it)

So, I don’t know what to say about panoramas anymore. I guess I do them occasionally! HehHeh.

My First Photography Show!

Photography on a Wall

I have a thing about photographic prints.
Maybe it’s the ‘old school’ in me… after all, 30 years ago I couldn’t get enough of developing my own work in a darkroom.
Maybe it’s how I learned to think about photography by studying original Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Paul Strand and Paul Caponigro prints. That’s another story for another time.

Mind you, I don’t compare myself to ANY of those masters! But I did learn from them and will be forever grateful for that.
What they whetted my appetite for all those years ago, was seeing my work on a wall. Big. Not crazy huge, just big.

A Crazy Gallery That Floats Around in My Head

So here’s one of my mental movies. In my mind’s eye I can see this gallery of my work. No clue if it’s a permanent setup or a “one week only” sort of thing. It just floats around there inside my head, looking cool and having a wonderful effect on the people who visit it. They feel better, get new ideas, feel inspired by visiting. I love that! The question is: is it a fun mental movie – or a dream that needs fulfillment? Even I’m not sure! But it entertains me with its ever-presence and good energy.

Now, there’s this cool, hip little coffee joint here in Truckee called “Coffeebar“. They serve super fantastic coffee and from what my younger friends tell me, its’ the “hippest hangout in North Lake Tahoe”. They also have a revolving art show on the walls. That’s the vision of owner Greg Buchheister... super cool coffee joint, art and inspiration, everyone welcome. I like it! He opened one recently in Reno too… built that one from the ground up to fully represent his artistic vision.

I’ll admit it, I almost turned down the invitation. Another art show in a coffee shop?  Puh-leeeze. But then I thought… well heck – what a great opportunity to try this whole crazy idea of mine out, and see if I even like doing it. Doing something like this locally can be fun… and it can give you a chance to dip a toe in the water without freaking yourself out – and without breaking the bank.

What’s Involved In Doing An Art Show?

I wondered that myself – and thought I’d share what I’m learning for those of you who might be considering doing such a thing yourself.
One thing I did know: you have to pay for everything yourself. Prints, takeaways, business cards… whatever you’re going to include, that’s your expense. People have warned me against doing this sort of thing because, they say, you always lose money. I guess I’ll let you know how that part goes… but I do have one theory: don’t invest more than you can lose. Then… don’t lose. :D

Greg’s vibe at Coffeebar is urban. He doesn’t want to have locally made images on the wall… he wants people to dream outside of the area. I think that’s an interesting idea! Up here, to say that there is a plethora of Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, Sierra Nevada Mountain images… along with bears, coyote, pine tree and mountain paraphernalia for the home is gross understatement! But edgy, artsy, “where did THAT come from” images are much fewer. Where better to see that stuff than under the influence of a hip community and caffeine?

So, while he loves my photography overall… he particularly liked some of my older, more offbeat pieces – along with a mixture of landscape (the edgier stuff… and nothing from around here), plus images from Europe and cities. So that’s what we’re doing in a show I’ve decided to call “Life is Light”!

Paris, FranceI love Paris...Why oh why do I love Paris?Because cafes live there. And red...And croissants...And chocolate...And romance, beauty and wicked cool history. To name but a few reasons.
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The Limelight

White Peacocks.. What the Whuuut?

His name is Phil.
He lives at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
He was dubbed thus after Phillip Foote, the former head of The Cathedral School.
Phil made my day.

Sometimes the radiance of your own beingis all the limelight you need.Taken at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. His name is Phil.
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