Thursday, June 16, 2011

A 50/50 Adventure

Imagine you were given 50 6x6 boards and 50 days to create art. It wouldn't matter what medium you had choosen; photography, painting, metal or paper. You just need to have the inspiration and determination to complete them in the given time. Could you do it?

Coastal Wanderings, 50/50 2010

Recently, I had to ask myself if I could do it again. Could I? Could I create 50 photographs in the 50 days as I had done last year? Could I choose a theme that was as challenging as the last one? It appears I CAN and WILL! I was accepted into the third annual 50/50 show at Sanchez Art Center. Being one of 72 from the 117 entries, I feel honored at the opportunity to work on it again. Dewitt Chang, an artist and curator, from San Francisco was the juror. He, alone, selected the artists and I thank him, because once I had my theme in mind I really wanted to pursue it. As like last years, Coastal Wanderings, once I get my mind set on something, I rarely faulter from it.

Mile Rock Stairway, 2011

Stairways - San Franciso Soul is my 50/50 and it has been a desire of mine for sometime to be able to photograph the many stairs we have in the city. You may ask why, being a Pacifican born and bred, that I would have chosen this; a while back I came across a book, called Stairways Walks in San Francisco by Adah Bakalinsky. She has written a book that maps out walks thoughout the city which highlights it amazing stairs. I can't remember why I purchased the book, I just knew one day I would have the chance to do this. I even located the author of the book and spoke to her the other day on the phone, she is such a sweet lady and is even eagar to see the final pieces. We may even plan a walk together. This is what the 50/50 is all about, finding something new about yourself, your art and even making some new friends along the way.

Beginning this past Monday the 13th and ending on August 1st, I will be wandering through San Francisco neighborhoods. So far it has been a challenge, I have been exposed to angry drivers, who chase you down and my poor lack of map reading, while walking about. But it is all an adventure and when I look through the camera and find something I didn't even know I was looking at, it is all worth
it.  I always like that I can surprise myself.  I also like that I will be seeing a side of San Francisco, most may not even know is there; including little beaches and water fountains. From time to time I will let you know how this adventure goes and on opening night, August 26th I hope all who are able will attend.

St Francis Upper Fountain
Stairway, 2011

Mile Rock Beach, 2011

St Francis Upper Fountain


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

17 years ago, it all began.....

Photography and I wandered into each others lives when I turned 18 and received my first camera, a Canon EF-M.  I believe it is the manual version of the Rebel or so I have been told. It was completely manual, used film and I was in love. I graduated from high school a few weeks after and enrolled at Skyline Community College for the fall semester. I was so thrilled to be going to college and finally studying photography. When I purchased Black and White Photography, A Basic Manuel by Henry Horenstein, my first photography book, it became one of the most important books I ever bought. Looking through the pages now, there are many highlighted words and sentences and the memory of all the possibilities. Possibilities that became reality and a camera has been wandering with me ever since.