What Do You Talk About When You Talk Photography?

This photo was recently in a show at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. I went to the opening. Didn’t know anyone. That’s not unusual. No problem. It’s always easy to start a conversation with a fellow photographer.

However, halfway into the evening, I noticed that some photographers wanted to talk about equipment. Some want to impress me with the places they’ve been. Some wanted to show me their photos and tell me and how they came to shoot that particular image.

I don’t talk equipment. I have good equipment but . . .

And I’ve been to some cool places but . . .

I enjoyed the photographers who wanted to show me their work. I’m not saying that’s good, bad, or better. That’s just my preference.

The photo shown here was the one in the show. It was taken with pretty standard Nikon equipment in a kind of cool place–off-road in the badlands of South Dakota. More interesting is how I stumbled over the broken bottle and the several ways that I tried to incorporated that bottle into images. Here, I asked my model to look through it. My model was an ex-priest, 72 years old, open, interesting and comfortable in his own skin. That last bit about being comfortable in his own skin has as much to do with the quality of the photo as the lens I was using. Other photographers will argue that with the right equipment you can capture even unwilling subjects and situations. Probably true. Not how I operate.

What do you talk about when you talk about photography?

BTW there was some good work in that show. I was proud to be included.

Invitation to Longmont Show and my Photo

Don’t often to get accepted into shows in my local area. I’m blaming midwestern uptightness and my general subject matter. That said, I took a chance on a show called “Interpretive Landscape” that’s opening in Longmont, Colorado June 12 at 6 p.m. and got in!!! My idea of interpretive landscape is to add a nude–of course. Don’t know the gallery. It’s called DARKROOM at 515 Main Street. Could be big and impressive or small and intimate. Doesn’t matter, it will be showing my photo called “Lady of the Lake” and I’ll be at the opening. Hoping, maybe, you’ll stop by as well. I’m told June 12 is 2nd Friday in Longmont and lots of galleries will be open. You could make an outing of it. Hope you can make it. And, yeah, for a little Colorado love of my art.

PS the thumbnail here doesn’t show the whole photo. Check my galleries for the full experience or come to the show!

Three Images Accepted Jackson Hole Photo Contest!

Not a show. This is a print sale and contest. New thing for me to try. I sent the accepted (juried) images to sponsors of the contest. They print and offer the unmatted, unframed prints for sale. They also select cash winners. Wish me luck.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming was a cow-town when I was growing up in that area. Mostly I remember the western clothing store with the stuffed, upright bear. Impressive to a youngster. Now it is an upscale community with lots of galleries, so I’m excited to be showing there.

All three images are photographs that have been in other shows. If you follow this blog, you recognize them. Tried and true.

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