"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human, himself nature, part of nature within natural space." Paul Klee

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Reviewing some images made this year,  mostly in the last four months.

There was an effort made to simplify. Focus. One idea. Just this.
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Monday, June 27, 2016


Don't know what else to call this post. If you a frequent visitor to my blog you know I love making images with flowers. Between Saturday's early morning trek and today in the "lab"...flowers on the brain I guess.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016


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Another one before I go to bed.

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I took these images yesterday morning around 7:15am. The sky was totally overcast - it's like a huge softbox caressing colors with no competing shadows. 

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The images were all taken with one prime lens, the Nikkor 35mm which xlates to 50mm on DX.
All original compositions, no cropping. Like a real photographer, I crop with my eyes and zoom with my feet.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Every so often I come across an artist's name that I haven't thought of in a long time. I've admired so many. I can't remember exactly where Giorgio's name came up but from somewhere I was directed to a New York Times article. It was either from art surfing or a magazine, like Art Forum.  From there, I read several NYT articles.

Giorgio Morandi.

Whenever I see or hear something I really like I tend to go overboard and try and absorb the essence like a giant reef sponge. At some point I'll get it out of my system. But not entirely of course. Everything that affects you deeply changes your atoms a bit.

After reading the articles and looking at several galleries of his pictures I went into my office this morning with a cup of Sulawesi and a couple of cookies and I started shooting.
Ala' Morandi. Less the muted colors.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016


Happy Father's Day Dad! At 94 he can beat just about anybody at scrabble. 

The image posted here was taken in 2011 when Dad was visiting. He is 89 in this photo and still has hair...he still goes to the barber shop!!!

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One of my boys stayed for Father's Day weekend. I made this classic business portrait of Devin for his portfolio.

This fall he will start his final year in law school.

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Thanks to my dad (for everything), and Devin and Jenny for making this weekend special.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016


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When it's just too hot outside to photograph I always have my craft table. The table levels off at 38 inches so I can work on the surface without bending over. I've used it countless times for building "little" sets.

As long as this 95 degree weather sticks around I'll continue to work inside.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


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Something to do while I sipped my morning java. A dry Sulawesi - don't know how high up the mountain this was grown - but definitely raked to dry in the sun.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016


The family traipsed on down to the Blanton today.

The Blanton has changed very little over the years. Most of the works are the same from fourteen years ago. I wish UT would shuffle some of those Longhorn bucks over to the museum.

Occasionally something interesting will pass through like the Hudson River School paintings. That was in 2012. And that was really wonderful.

I am looking forward to the Xu Bing installation that opens on the 19th.

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Friday, June 10, 2016


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UCLA and Westwood (LA) from the Paul Getty Museum.

This is just a test. Posting this with a file almost twice my usual size.

Image made with the Nikon D7000 and the 18-135mm lens which has been through
seven years of heavy use.

If I blow up the original file I can clearly read the green sign (Wilshire Blvd) that is just to the right of the circular building lower right.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016


I have always recognized the photographers that have been an influence on me. From the very big influences like Aaron Siskind, Wynn Bullock, and Brassai. Today I give the nod to Franco Fontana.

I first saw several of his images in a photography magazine I purchased back in the seventies. I believe I still have that magazine somewhere in my closet. 
His landscapes and use of color were stunning.

The two images I am posting today certainly illustrate the influence of Mr. Fontana, although at the moment I made these images, some forty years later, his name was not on the tip of my mind but he was somewhere back there slipping through the layers of time.   

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Monday, June 6, 2016


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Spending most of this week on planning shoots. A lot of ideas down on paper. Also assembling props and materials to build some sets. Need to inventory lighting gear.

Looking at some older images from a trek by the San Gabriel River I found the posted image...one that I never posted before.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016


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Friday, June 3, 2016


Walking around 3rd Street this morning in downtown Austin wasn't very pleasant - visually at least - the weather was fairly nice but boy who'd they hire to design this stuff?

Too many unsightly right angles, too much grey concrete and impersonal glass.

This is looking up but it doesn't get much better at eye level.

Human friendly?? mmmm--?-- the large overhanging roofs on the right slice into the space.
Maybe the grassy area could have been oval with a fountain. Hey, but I'm not an architect.

They threw in a little curve to soften the blow to your psyche.

See what I mean? Too much chop chop!!!
                                                    Sorry the plants don't help guys.

Working hard to make downtown Austin more congested than it already is. 

 My only relief came when I happened to walk into a parking garage and saw something that looked a little Dan Flavin-ish. Simple angles can be soothing after that barrage on 3rd street.

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Sour comments about the downtown architecture are mine too. I don't know - it didn't feel warm and fuzzy. Perhaps that's the point, come here, shop, eat, go home.

Maybe a softer architect could help. Where's Zaha Hadid when you need her?? rest her soul.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016


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June will be a table top month. I have several ideas already sketched out on paper. At least one will require a hand built set. Looking forward to the work.

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