Upcoming at the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis is an exhibition of black and white photographs and one of my submissions was juried into the show. It’s called Saguaro and it’s reproduced below,
The exhibition runs from July 26 through August 9 so if you happen to be in the area at that time do stop by and have a look.
Note added, July, 2020: Turns out I got the Juror’s Choice Award for this image. I didn’t know this until I recently received the little book Praxis published with all the images from the exhibition. They do this for every show. If you have an image in the show you can buy the book but it’s gratis if you get an award. I hadn’t ordered the book so was surprised to get it in the mail and when I opened it discovered Saguaro was the Juror’s Choice: a welcome surprise amid the COVID19 gloom.
Past Show (Sept.-Oct., 2018)
I usually only submit images for consideration to local exhibitions because schlepping my images any further than Albuquerque is unacceptable. Packing them off to ship even more unacceptable. When the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis indicated they would print and frame the 30 images chosen for their The Shape of Things international exhibition I figured it was worth a try. Of the five images I submitted, Sunnylands I was accepted into the show and went on to win the Juror’s Choice Award.
Friends who live in Minneapolis visited the Gallery and took a video and still pictures for me. I can’t put the video on this site but here’s a picture of the main panel of the show. My image is on the upper left. Thanks Liz nd Di!
Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis MN, Sept., 2018 – Oct., 2018
Future Show, December, 2018
The Shades of Gray exhibition of black and white photographs by New Mexico photographers continues to be one of the most popular in this area, if attendance is any measure. I continue to submit entries and am pleased to have two out of three submissions selected this year: LA and Look Up! Here they are.
LA’s Disney Center
Exact dates for the show are on the Welcome page of this site. Information about and directions to Expo New Mexico can be found here.
I’ll save the book for the next post but if you want a preview check this out.
Some thoughts about trees
Most of us are familiar with Joyce Kilmer’s poem with its vivid imagery of trees suckling at the breast of mother earth and his self-description as a fool for trying to describe in words such a magnificent creation. I share his frustration.
I am always attracted to trees, to the patterns and textures shown by the bark, the limbs and sometimes even the leaves. Their visual complexity is alluring, especially in the spring when the gloriously complex structure of deciduous trees are tinged with a delicate yellow green halo of small leaves.
I’m often tempted to anthropomorphize: trees “hide” their structure with a covering of leaves or needles; some “show off” with stunning coats of color in the Fall; all “go with the flow” of wind and weather. But here is a lovely example of the opposite:
“When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreen and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You’re too this or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”
I hope you will enjoy the woods that I have created.
Here are some images of trees that do not appear elsewhere on this site.
Angkor Province, Cambodia
Black and White: An Exhibition of Drawings and Photographs
The show will be exhibited from April 17th through May 26, 2018 at the New Mexico Art League gallery, 10 am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
The image featured above, Taos Country, was chosen to be in this show. It’s the same one that garnered an honorable mention in the New Mexico Magazine’s annual photo contest in 2017.
I made this triptych for my friend Charlie who lived here while he worked at what was then the Southwest Regional Office of the National Park Service in Santa Fe. He moved on to other positions in other locations but always loved this area and wished he could return. Alas, it was not to be.
The image on the left is the Rio Grande gorge as seen from the road to Taos, an iconic image. The middle is Taos Pueblo North. I am especially fond of this image because, unlike most that emphasize the towering massiveness of the Pueblo, it is put in the proper (to my mind) context of the land and sky. The image to the right was taken while camping at Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Questa, NM. Here the Rio Grande and Red Rivers converge at the bottom of an 800 foot canyon. This image is looking north, up the Rio Grande. Putting them together in one frame would, I hope, give my friend and anyone else looking at it a taste of this magnificent land.
Each year hundreds of photographers submit thousands of photographs to the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show (ANMPAS) which showcases the finest photographic work being done in New Mexico. A jury of professionals selects only the best photography from Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and elsewhere in New Mexico for inclusion in the annual show.
I read that somewhere and saved it for an occasion like this. I probably would not have been so extravagantly boastful. I’ve known about ANMPAS for about 8 years now, since I began to show my work but have managed to submit entries only half those years. Traveling in the RV during the winter I either forgot or didn’t have the right images with me. When I did submit I usually got at least one entry juried into the show. This year I was determined to not let the deadline slip by and got a couple of images accepted:
YELLOWSTONE MAGIC The hot springs and pools at Yellowstone National Park provide endless variations of color and abstraction.
BUNKER HILL Not Boston’s, LA’s!
Here are images accepted in previous ANMPAS shows , 2011-2013.
Great Sand Dunes NP
The ruins of the original church of San Geronimo are reminders of that brutal deed.
Near Garfield, NM, the springtime flood irrigation of the groves promises pecans.
Jin Mao, Shanghai
The show runs from April 1 through April 23 and the Fine Art Gallery at EXPO New Mexico will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. Opening reception is Sat., March 31st from 2-4 pm.
For the second year in a row the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show (ANMPAS) has presented an all black and white photography exhibition. This juried show features about 200 images from New Mexico photographers who may submit up to three images. I am pleased to have images selected for both shows. Here are five images of mine that have been juried into the exhibit in 2016 and 2017.
Death Valley National Park
Funnerary of a 16th C. Spanish mission south of Tubac, AZ
Death Valley salt flats from Dante’s View.
At Oliver Lee State Park near Alamogordo, NM
The opening reception for this year’s show is Sat., Dec. 2 from 2-4 PM at the EXPO New Mexico (the old Fair Grounds) Fine Art Gallery. It is open to the public Sunday, Dec. 3rd through Wednesday, Dec. 27th; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Gallery hours are 10am – 5pm.