Every year since 2007, the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers at Blue Sky Gallery have featured an annual juried exhibition of prints by more than sixty contemporary regional photographers. Selected prints with a particular theme are displayed on the wall opposite their library. I’m delighted to be included in the current show, which runs from May 23 – July 14, and also includes prints by Marcia Mahoney, Ricardo Nagaoka, and Nolan Streitberger.
Best Friends – Granada, Nicaragua
Girl at the Abastos Market – Oaxaca
The show “Out of the Drawers: Self-Assertion” was curated by Claire Elizabeth who says that the photos “spotlight girls, unidealized and dignified. Taking pleasure in ordinary life, and pride in cultural identity, these girls are as strong as they are playful. Each one conveys her unique capacity for mature self-possession.”
Thanks to everyone at Blue Sky Gallery for their devotion to photography.
Every third Wednesday of the month, the Photography Council hosts a Brown Bag Lunch Talk at the Portland Art Museum. I’m delighted to be doing the presentation this month on April 19, 2017, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council with major support provided by Pro Photo Supply.
My talk and slideshow, entitled Candid Photography, will describe the development and evolution of my artistic vision and method for the candid photography of people in public spaces around the globe. Whether documenting routine activities or special celebrations, my photos provide a compelling glimpse of human emotions, interactions, and connections, and they open a window to the world that surrounds us here and now.
Portland Art Museum – Updated April 19, 2017
I’m honored that my series Holy Week in Guatemala was selected as a winner in the 2016 BWPShowcase Competition, sponsored by Black+White Photography magazine and theprintspace, London.
The exhibition will be on display from April 7 through April 25, 2017, at theprintspace, 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL, Mon -Fri from 9am – 7pm. Thanks to Elizabeth Roberts, Mark Bentley and Anna Evans from Black+White Photography magazine for all they did, and to theprintspace for expertly preparing nine prints from my digital files.
Ten prints from my series Brief Encounters – Impromptu Portraits will be on display in the 2017 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers at the Blue Sky Gallery.
It is difficult for me to click the shutter on my camera unless the image contains a person. Although most of my photos involve candid moments of human interaction that I capture without directly engaging my subjects, occasionally I feel compelled to create a portrait of someone I meet during my travels. These brief encounters are generally no more than an initial acknowledgement of one another, a point to my camera, a nod of approval, and one or two quick snaps before we continue along our separate paths. This series includes some of my favorite impromptu portraits.
The exhibition was juried by Mitra Abbaspour is an independent curator and scholar based in New York.The opening reception will be on Thursday April 6, 2017, from 6-9 pm as part of the Portland Photo Month, and the exhibition will be on display through March 31, 2018.
The Blue Sky Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 PM and on First Thursdays 6-9 PM, and is located at located at 122 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.
I’m honored that my Metro project was featured in the March 2017 issue of Life Force Magazine. This online publication was founded in 2011 by Damian Bird and Alice Bird. The monthly publication of photo-essays explores the world and the human condition through the narrative of photography.
Thanks to Madeline Schwartzman for including me in her wonderful Facebook project — 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers. I first rode the NYC Subway when I lived on the Upper West Side decades ago. Although this was long before I began photographing, the experience had a profound effect on shaping my sensibilities.
My Metro exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery culminated with a slideshow presentation about this project on Saturday, January 28. Thanks to all who came out for the talk and everyone at the Blue Sky Gallery for make the month-long exhibition such a wonderful experience.
Photo by Victoria Bjorklund
Photo by Victoria Bjorklund
The following evening, the 31 prints from the exhibition came down and were packed up to make the journey safely back to Seattle.
Thanks to MonoVisions for featuring my Metro project and Blue Sky Exhibition in their 21 January 2017 issue.
Despite the chilly temperatures and predictions of an impending freezing-rain storm, almost five hundred people stopped by the opening night reception of my Metro exhibition at the Blue Sky Gallery on January 5. The show includes over thirty images from Metro project which documents people interacting with one another in mass transit systems on four continents. Thanks to everyone at Blue Sky for doing a wonderful job presenting the work.
I’ll be giving slideshow and talk about this project at 3 pm Saturday, January 28, and doing a book signing for my monograph Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage. The exhibition will continue through January 29. The gallery will be open from 10am – 6pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5pm.
I’m delighted that my photo A Sabbath Prayer was selected by juror Alyssa Coppelman for the Singular/Signature Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography. The Exhibition will be on display at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins from March 3 – April 1, 2017, with an Artists’ Reception on March 17, 2017
A Sabbath Prayer
This image is from my project The New Promised Land which documents Los Israelitas, an evangelical sect living along the banks of the Amazon River. This project was featured in LensWork #117. This project was a finalist in the PhotoWorld 2014 Exhibition, and received Honorable Mention in the 2014 ND Awards. It was on display at the Davis-Orton Gallery, and publicized in FeatureShoot and The Independent and The Daily Mail.
Thanks to Christy Karpinski for including four images from my project documenting La Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe in F-Stop Magazine Group Exhibition Issue 80.
This celebration occurs every year on December 12 when millions of faithful converge on the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. According to legend, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, a recently converted indigenous peasant, in December 1531 on a hill above the site. Pilgrims arrive carrying candles, flowers, and statues or framed depictions of the Virgin. Many people make the final arduous approach to the shrine on their knees in order to thank the Virgin for answered prayers or to ask her for additional miracles.
Six images from were previously featured in the F-Stop Magazine Issue #65 Group Exhibition.
I’m looking forward to returning to photograph the Fiesta again this year.