In 2004, Wangari Maathai (b. 1940 – d. 2011), an environmentalist and women’s rights advocate because the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” It is said that Ms. Maathai planted 30 million trees across Africa to help protect the environment. This photo which I recently came across again (and again and again and again — okay, I get it Universe! Published! Done!) jarred my memory and I thought Ms Maathai […]
I photo-grabbed this portion of a wall where the shop owner had painted out the graffiti. A rare sight in France. So I stopped and studied it until I found the bit that looked like a piece of art – art but not art – anti-art, if you will. In France, “they” (you know, the-powers-at-be) believe that graffiti is an art form (yes…hello?) so they typically leave the graffiti wherever the artist laid it down…a wall, a train car, an […]
I am an electric person also known as a SLIder, partial acronym for ‘Street Lamp Interference’ AKA HVS (high voltage syndrome), and there are a few other labels for people who are affected — and affect — electrical currents. I manage to disrupt common household appliances, make my computer go wonky, blow out lightbulbs and street lamps, particularly when I’m over excited or stressed out. I joke about it so people I hang out with aren’t too alarmed when it […]
Oh Shit!…what an indispensable expression! I saw this graffitied on a wall in downtown Tours (a fabulous medieval French city) and thought “Oh Shit!…what a great shot”. But then remembered that I forgot my camera back at my hotel room (Oh Shit!). Thinking on my feet, I quickly hoofed it back to the hotel to grab it, worrying that the light would change (Oh Shit!). But happily, I made it back to the spot with a good deal of sunlight […]
This shot was taken in a bathroom in a dive bar while I was really sauced. Despite my saucy state, I still manage to see images that strike me — and this was definitely one that struck me, with it’s frightening skeletal-like teeth at the top of the photo to the word “Magique” to the thorny red chain and torn paper. To most, it would be a barely noticeable image but to me, it slapped me in the face and […]
From possessed puppet I once met in Prague – to porcelain dolls for sale in flea markets throughout Europe – I have met puppets and dolls with otherworldly presences surrounding them, who appear to be far more than their humble porcelain or plastic origins. In this series, I capture those puppets and dolls that possess a living energy and spirit, which shines through in a moment of time.
The roadways, highways, byways, streets, avenues, country roads, alleys…they all lead somewhere…scenes unfamiliar, senses heightened, images unfurling. Growing up in Los Angeles, I like to watch the white lines that speak of a new life, a new destiny, a new experience — and I love to capture the promise of that hopeful journey on film.
The creation of artwork about love is centuries old. This photography series, “Love First”, mounted onto wood or metal, celebrates and captures images of love from around the world. Love is everywhere and everything – yet love is nothing as there is no tangible evidence that it even exists. Spooky!
I adore Pop art / Op art, which leads me to old school carnival rides for children that twirl about throughout the world. I take a seat on a bench and watch the colors of the rides swirl into a frenzy and listen to squeals of the children. Pure childish pleasure!
‘Losing my Religion’ started by accident one New Year’s Day (I know, a likely story!). Then I literally stumbled upon a life-size manger scene and onto the Jesus and I took some photos of baby Jesus and his friends. This was one of his Disciples. I thought the lighting was poor so I didn’t think the photograph would turn out and it is evident that all saints are sinners.
What can I say? I love Paris. I know it’s the obvious choice, like choosing the cutest boy in the room to go steady with for the summer. But c’mon…it’s just a beautiful city… the City of Light and one that captures the imagination and the moment like no other.
The city provides so many images, it can be a bit overwhelming. I like to capture a minor image in the scheme of things and focus…a singular, lost image, especially, when I can capture light playing tricks on the hard surfaces. I love to roam the old city centers in a floor length to-die-for gown, stilettos and camera with eyes and mind wide open and tune into the often overlooked sights and sounds of the urban jungle.