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Recollections No. 1: Longing

Recollections No. 1: Longing

Recollections No. 1: Longing

Well, I’ve returned from the Southwest after teaching a one-week course called “The American West: The Vision and the Print” at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. My very dear friend Melinda Green Harvey was in the class, and I can’t even begin to express how much fun I had working with such a pal over a whole week, and just talking about pictures to boot! But now I’m back, and it’s time to get back to work on shooting.

I was honored earlier this year when the Nebraska Arts Council named me as one of their 16 solo/duo statewide exhibitors for the Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha’s Old Market district for 2015. Of course, that comes with a workload–I have to produce a new body of work. While the overall series is about half done, I won’t show much of the pieces until the show opens in April of next year.

But it’s always fun to offer a preview…

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Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

This cathedral, located on the grounds of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, is set on a brilliant background of stars late one January evening. A five-minute exposure, the stars provide pinpoint texture on which to set the adobe walls of the cathedral.

Dormant Bush at Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Adobe Wall, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

Adobe Wall, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

On a cold, early morning in January, I found this dormant shrub in an alcove of the Carmelite Convent that is home to the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  The morning light bouncing off the bush onto the adobe wall fascinated me, and gave me an opportunity to make this picture–a “quiet image,” as one of my photographer friends would call it.