Today, September 3, 2011 is the opening day for a photo exhibit that includes my work. (Click here for details.)
I was asked by the gallery owner to send her something to use as a bio or write up about my work. And a head shot. So, last weekend Hubby and I dutifully went to my studio aka back yard, set up and took requested “mug shots”. Now you all know, I love to take pictures. In front of the camera I am a mess. But I managed to set up a nice shot, and even sit still for about 72 images … of which found 3 that were usable. I am a terrible subject !! (or overly critical )
This post is really about my photos, but I also wanted to include some kind of explanation as to why I am here, this sounds better than a boring bio or “rap sheet” . And in the interest of honest journalism / blogging, here is one of the head / mug shots that I did actually like:
I am a photographer, and a gardener. I like to tell people that I was born with a camera in one hand and a trowel in the other. These passions of mine were made for each other. Since my dad gave me a Kodak box camera at age 9, I have been taking photos of what I see, and what I love.
And I love color, though that is no secret if you have seen any of my photos. The play of light in the landscape, in a garden. This is what I love the most about photography. Capturing the light and keeping it forever in a photo. Rich tones and saturated colors. My editing process combined with the metallic prints I offer for sale, these were also made for each other.
When I began this journey, I was only decorating my own world. A few years ago I made the switch from hobbyist to artist; I love sharing my work. The art that I create comes from years spent with camera in hand, combined with exploring and experimenting with the light and graphic qualities of digital images on the computer. Everything begins as a photograph. Then I stylize into the art that is Uncommon Everyday Art.
The gallery that follows represents all the photos in the show that are framed. I have included a brief story about each image below.
I have many more images printed in smaller versions. You can view these on my webpage: www.oregonshar.com, and of course, come out to the show and see the work in person! I will be at the Artist’s reception at around 6:30 on Saturday, September 10, so come out and see me then.
click on the first thumbnail image to open the gallery and view the photos with captions