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Rewind: Annie Liebovitz: Life Through the Lens

June 5, 2011 Comments off

Watching the entire documentary: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through the Lens

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Alan Friedman: A Photographic Revelation

May 19, 2011 Comments off

I admire other artists that do what I cannot do. In the world of photography I have a critical eye. I was over at Space Weather to see what was the latest in Solar weather and came upon this nice discovery.

Please take a peek at Alan Friedman’s stunning space photos. I am viewing his photo gallery while listening to Donald Fagan’s I.G.Y.

Oh yeah — I still have my turntable and love the LP platter spinning;

Last Call: Art of Photography Show Entries

May 10, 2011 Comments off

The ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW is an international exhibition of photographic art which will take place August 13 through October 16, 2011 at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery, located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, California. This is the seventh year of this major photography competition and exhibition.

Main Link click here

CALL FOR ENTRIES:
The online entry process is very easy, simply filling out a short registration form and then uploading your images as JPEG files. Images created via any form of photography will be accepted for consideration.

THE PROSPECTUS and entry information is available here. Additional details are in the FAQ page here.

JURIED COMPETITION:
Anne Lyden is the Judge for the Art of Photography Show 2011. Ms. Lyden is the Associate Curator of Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Ms. Lyden is highly esteemed in the global photographic community, so it’s a significant honor to be selected by her.

Calendar: Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Safari Park

March 14, 2011 Comments off


As an avid photographer and lover of wildlife, I try not to miss the annual butterfly exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. In the enclosure you can be surrounded by hundred of exotic butterflies. They light on your head, arm or anywhere else. It is a magical experience.

DATE: April 8 ~ May 8, 2011
FOR MORE INFORMATION: San Diego Safari Park, click here

Books on Tap: The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis

March 3, 2011 Comments off


The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis by J. Henry Fair

Product Description

The Day After Tomorrow takes readers on a journey to bear witness to the environmental destruction that is currently plaguing our planet; from a forest in West Virginia devastated by mountaintop removal mining, to a region in Florida left in ruins by the phosphate mining industry, J. Henry Fair presents hard evidence that our unchecked consumerism is leading the way in the destruction of our planet, one natural resource at a time.

Primarily through the use of aerial photography, Fair captures spellbinding vistas of pools of toxic hog waste, streams of paper mill runoff, and the remains of hollowed-out mountains. These environmental abstractions lure the viewer in with unique asymmetrical shapes and striking colors; however, fascination quickly turns to horror, as the viewer realizes what lurks beneath the surface of the image.

Fair is a consummate environmentalist and after years as a corporate and portrait photographer he turned his lens on the industries that sustain us—oil, fertilizer, coal, and factory farming, to name a few—eager to uncover the dirty little secrets that he knew were well hidden there. It turns out the secrets, and the “dirt” they produce, are far too large to hide. For example: the factory farming industry is responsible for one of the largest environmental disasters in history, wherein a hog waste lagoon burst, causing 25 million gallons of highly toxic sludge to flood the New River in North Carolina, killing ecosystems, animals, and infecting water supplies. Just before Christmas in 2008, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant was responsible for sending a billion gallons of coal ash waste into the Tennessee River; this spill was 40 times larger than the infamous 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Coal ash is toxic, containing a laundry list of hazardous substances such as uranium, mercury, lead, and arsenic. These are only two examples of the endless calamity we inflict on our environment daily. Now is the time to take action and make change.

More than anything else, The Day After Tomorrow is a call to arms. Our planet dies a little bit every second, and this trend will continue unless we take responsibility. Fair’s images reveal the calamitous effects of our consumer culture’s insatiable appetite for natural resources. Forests are being wiped-out, water supplies polluted and/or drained, animals and humans are dying, but for what? These stunning and tragically beautiful images, in conjunction with an essays by one of America’s leading environmental defenders, provide indisputable evidence that the way we eat, commute, and manufacture is collectively destroying the Earth, and we must change the way we live if we expect our planet to survive.

Retrospective: Herb Ritts

February 27, 2011 Comments off

Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour

Photography is my passion. I came to Herb Ritts early on in his career. The first time I saw one of his photos, I thought it was an Avedon, as in Richard Avedon, the great fashion photographer; but no, I thought, there was something else going on in his photos – thoughtfulness over straight fashion setup; insight and not just capturing the moment; adventure into perception. I watched the arc of his career with great interest. He died too young; age 50. We are the same age. He achieved greatness and like Avedon, will be remembered as one of great American photographers of the 20th century. I remain in the wings, ever watchful of his greatness.

Due to strict copyright protections, to view his photos go to Herb Ritts web site, click here

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Categories: Art, Photography

Three Men: Adams, Disney, and Muir

December 27, 2010 Comments off


There are three men who inspired me to understand the importance of preserving the Earth and promoting my love of natural spaces and wildlife: Ansel Adams, Walt Disney, and John Muir. To be sure, Jacques Cousteau also is a hero of mine as regards the ocean and its domain.

Walt Disney, True Life Adventure, The Living Desert

When I was a youngster I saw the Living Desert. Made in 1953, this Disney film was part of his True Life Adventure series. It inspired me like none other. I became instantly interested in the desert — I ended up living in the desert for eight years in the 70s. I loved the open space, the variety of living creatures, and the awesome sunsets. The film was not only educational for a young person, but for me, inspirational. See a clip below.

Buy the Legacy Collection to get the Living Desert and more:

* Introduction by Roy Disney
* Living Desert
* Vanishing Prairie
* Seal Island
* Prairie
* Islands of the Sea
* Nature’s Strangest Creatures
* Behind the True-Life Cameras
* Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Desert Insects
* Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Snakes
* Filmmakers’ journal
* Collectors’ corner
* Trailers & promos

John Muir, Yosemite and the Sierra Club

When I was a teen, I read about Scottish naturalist,John Muir. I came to understand for the first time the threat to open land, forests, and waterways through Muirs eyes. I learned about Yosemite and the founding of the Sierra Club. Although I have never been to Yosemite, it is on my short list for things to do — soon. Take a peak at PBS’s The National Parks videos from last years award winning documentary series.

Buy The National Parks through Asheham Press Bookstore, click here


Ansel Adams and the Range of Light

Finally, the man who has inspired my photography and millions of others, the master of light, Ansel Adams. I have seen his work up close and personal. I had the honor to listen to a talk by his wife back in the 80s about his work, his early years, and his process. His love of Yosemite translates Muirs love into dramatic, elegant imagery. I own several books including, Yosemite Range of Light. To know more about Ansel Adams you can purchase Ansel Adams, American Experience, click here

Take a few minutes to view this clip of the Living Desert:

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