Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Street and 7th

  I made this image of downtown Victorville back in August 2014 in the morning.  Photography is really a kind of therapeutic thing for me.  I don’t know if I’m mentally unstable or not (I don’t feel like I am) but I feel really good when I’m creating images.  It’s just something about #photography that challenges me to take what may pass as ordinary and to try to make it extraordinary.  I don’t think this image is that but that is always the goal.  But this image does is a part of my continuing Victor Valley Project and you can look as some older examples of that at my web site if you are so inclined.  Though not extraordinary, I think this is a strong image though.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mount Baldy (or Mount San Antonio)

  I live in a scenic paradise – the Victor Valley.  I know, some people would say, “What? #Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley and so on, are a part of a scenic paradise?”  It’s all in how you form your own thoughts about yourself and your life.  You want crap and feel like crap – I guess you’re crap.  I see what I see and I see a scenic paradise.  This is Mt. Baldy as seen east of Deep Creek Road at the top of the hill on Bear Valley Road.  It is part of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County.  It is above 10,000 feet.  It is magnificent.  And it is an image I like a lot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy New Year, 2016

It’s been a long time since I wrote something here.  Well, I have been busy.  I graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in the summer of 2014.  I got a job later that year.  I worked at that job for almost a year before I got the really great job I have now.  And I closed on a house last October and got my kids out of that horrible apartment complex we lived in for too long.  Yes, I would say that I have been a little preoccupied.  But #photography is my thing and I miss it tremendously.  And this blog is a good vehicle to show some of it.  So I need to get back to it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

44th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Well, the 44th Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), located on the campus of the California State University, San Bernardino, is gone forever.  There will be a 45th but that will be for current students and I am now an alumni.  But I did manage to capture a portion of the exhibition – my stuff.  This was a tough juror too, she (AprilGreiman) rejected a lot of work.  I had tried to enter one standalone photographic print and a polyptych of ten prints from my photography.  Then I also entered two different printmaking prints.  One was a woodcut print and the other was an etching print.  None of them pleased the juror except three of the largest images of my ten piece polyptych.  So it became a triptych.  Well, at least I got something in the show, that was a plus in my book.  Enjoy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I:Empire, a photographic countenance of the Inland Empire

Time:               Show opening and reception 6pm to 9pm on August 9th, Saturday.
Location:         Space Gallery, 250 West Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766
More Info:       The show runs from August 9th until September 6th.

Normally, I put stuff up here after an event that I took photos at.  Well, this is an upcoming event and I hope you can come have a look.  It is a group show featuring the work of:
Alexis Beltran
Allison Linder
Andrew K. Thompson
Carlos A. Garcia
Cesia Ortiz
Charles Dalton
Diana Prince
Diana Hernandez
Edward Lance Montgomery
Manny Tovey
Frederick J. Brashear Jr.
Jose Carreno
Kathy Miller Stewart
Kimberly Aguirre
La Mark Milan
Mayte Escobar
Michael Vollmer
Nancy Perry
Samuel Ramirez
Steve Beswick           
Tim Hicks
Victoria Banegas
Wendy Arreola

There is a Facebook event page that has more information.  The two prints that I have in the show are the following images below.  If you can make it, please do.  I think you’ll enjoy it.

“Katie’s Temperament was Obvious”
“Sialainie was Difficult to Read”

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thoughts on my Kinetic Ambiguity Project

Regarding the work, the easy answer is that I like it.  Others have told me the same.  But “like” does not make it art.  I am not trying to follow in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock with some sort of abstract expressionist photography.  It is just that I am very intrigued by visible light – especially freezing that moving light in order to observe it for one moment in a sort of stasis.  What you see in a photograph is visible moving light halted forever in that capture.  This Kinetic Ambiguity Project really emphasizes that.  And it has its own certain beauty in doing so with its texture, color and repetition.  The work here is new.  Older examples are on my web site.  I think I will continue to work on this project.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

South Hayward’s Holiday Bowl at the Space Gallery in Pomona

I went to an show opening at the Space Gallery in Pomona last Saturday – it just so happen to be the second Saturday of the month which is the Pomona Art Walk.  I have a lot of interest in the Space Gallery because I will be in a show there next month.  This current show is called Sign Geeks and basically it is a group of photographers who have a love for vintage neon signs and this is their work.  It just so happens that one of the photographers was working in the East Bay and captured the sign of the now closed Holiday Bowl.  I have many memories of that place – mostly good ones.  I spent some time hanging out there when I was in high school.  I had not known that it was closed.  Just seeing the picture brought back a flood of memories of Union City and South Hayward.  It has been a long time since I have been in the Bay Area.  I really need to get back up there.  Enjoy.