The New Promised Land in LensWork #117

My heartfelt thanks go out to Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher for featuring my documentary project The New Promised Land in LensWork #117, Mar-Apr 2015. It’s a tremendous honor to have my work in this esteemed international bimonthly publication which showcases the best in contemporary creative photography.

The print edition, with its high-quality duotone printing, contains a portfolio of twenty images from my project documenting Los Israelitas, a Christian group, living deep in the Amazon rain forest, with beliefs and practices that harken back to biblical times. LensWork #117 will be in the mail to subscribers soon, or may be purchased as a single copy directly from the LensWork online store. This print issue also contains portfolios of work from Huntington Witherill, Mitch Dobrowner and Lydia Goetze, as well as editor’s comments and an essay by Guy Tal.

LensWork is also offered in an Extended Tablet Edition as a downloadable PDF for iPad or Adobe Reader. It contains fifteen additional images from my project, including photos of Los Israelitas going about their daily life on weekdays. The extended edition is available by subscription or as a single issue purchase. More content from this project, including additional images and an audio interview, will be available in soon at LensWork Online.

LensWork NPL2

My work was previously highlighted in LensWork #97, Nov-Dec 2011, with an interview by Brooks Jensen entitled Introduction to Street Photography and a portfolio of twenty photographs from my series Return to New York.
 

Larson Gallery Photography Exhibition

I’m honored that my photo Man at the Fiesta for the Virgin of Guadalupe received the Bert Grant Memorial Award at the 39th National Juried Photography Exhibition at the Larson Gallery in Yakima, WA. This Biennial show features photographers from around the United States, and was juried by David D. Johnson. David was an Associate Professor of Photography at Pierce College for 11 years, and taught 14 years for the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education program. David was my first photography instructor during a nine-month University of Washington program in 2003-2004, and I’m glad to say that he had an important influence on my photography.

The exhibition runs from March 7 – April 18, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 3:00–5:00 PM. The Larson Gallery is located in the Yakima Valley Community College, 16th & Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902 (509) 574-4875. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays 1 to 5 pm during exhibitions.

Man at the Fiesta for the Virgin of Guadalupe - Mexico City
Man at the Fiesta for the Virgin of Guadalupe

 

The New Promised Land at Clarridge Gallery

Eight prints from my documentary series The New Promised Land will be on display at the Clarridge Gallery from February 28 through March 25, 2015. There will be a closing reception at 6:00 PM on March 25 prior to the Group f/5.6 monthly meeting. The Clarridge Gallery is located in the East Shore Unitarian Church at 12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98005. The gallery is open M-F from 9 AM to 5 PM. Call (425) 747-3760 for weekend hours.

The Common Dining Room

The Common Dining Room

2015 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers

Ten prints from my series Life on the Streets of Cuba will be on display in 2015 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers at the Blue Sky Gallery Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. The exhibition was juried by Shane Lavalette, Director of Light Work in Syracuse, NY, and Prudence Roberts, Art History Professor and Director of the Helzer Art Gallery at Portland Community College.

The opening reception will be on Thursday April 2, 2015, from 6-9 pm as part of the Portland Photo Month, and the exhibition will be on display through March 2016. 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.

Street Corner - Havana, Cuba
White Shoes - Trinidad, Cuba
Washing Motorcycle - Havana, Cuba
Saint Lazarus - Havana, Cuba
Stroller - Havana, Cuba
Playing Cards - Cienfuegos, Cuba
Outside School – Lugardito, Cuba
Waiting - Havana, Cuba
Man with Cake - Remedios, Cuba
Night Thoughts - Havana, Cuba

Street Corner - Havana, Cuba

White Shoes - Trinidad, Cuba

Washing Motorcycle - Havana, Cuba

Saint Lazarus - Havana, Cuba

Stroller - Havana, Cuba

Playing Cards - Cienfuegos, Cuba

Outside School – Lugardito, Cuba

Waiting - Havana, Cuba

Man with Cake - Remedios, Cuba

Night Thoughts - Havana, Cuba

I was also honored to have prints from my series Avoid Naples! in the 2014 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers and my series Return to New York in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers.

Elements Exhibition

Four prints from my series Daybreak on the Ganges are included in the Elements Exhibition at the University House Wallingford in Seattle, WA. The exhibition was curated by June Sekiguchi and features 36 artists with work that addresses the elements of earth, air, fire and water in abstract and realistic interpretations. The exhibition runs from February 19 through June 13, 2015, with an opening reception on February 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The University House is located at 4400 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Man Mandir Ghat, Varanasi
Scindia Ghat, Varanasi
Departure Dog, Varanasi
Gai Ghat, Varanasi

Man Mandir Ghat, Varanasi

Scindia Ghat, Varanasi

Departure Dog, Varanasi

Gai Ghat, Varanasi

Elements Postcard

F-Stop Magazine Black and White Exhibition

Five of my images are included in the F-Stop Magazine #69 Black and White Group Exhibition. I took these photos in 2013 during Day of the Dead celebrations in Nazareno Etla, Oaxaca, where a surreal procession wends its way through the dimly-lit streets at nightfall.

F-Stop Magazine, founded in 2003 by Christy Karpinski and published bi-monthly online, features contemporary photography with each issue based on a particular theme.

Havana Times Photo Contest

I’m delighted that my photo Night Thoughts won the Havana Times 2014 Photo Contest in the Cuba by Night category. This sixth annual contest had over 550 entries that went through three rounds of evaluation by 20 jurors. Thanks to Circle Robinson, editor of the Havana Times, for conducting the contest.
Night Thoughts - Havana, Cuba
Night Thoughts – Havana, Cuba

Day of the Dead – Nazareno Etla

A surreal procession wends its way through the dimly-lit streets of Nazareno Etla, Oaxaca, at nightfall during the Day of the Dead celebrations. Here are some images that I captured during this event in November 2013, after the final day of a workshop with Ernesto Bazan. The first image in the slideshow was also included in Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch Trick or Treat Exhibition.

Feature Shoot Subway Photos

The public transit systems provide a fascination location for candid photography. Whenever I step into a subway station it feels as though I have entered a magnificent theater with a diverse cast of characters performing in an unscripted play on an ever-changing stage. I’m delighted that two photos from my Metro series are included in the Feature Shoot article 35 Voyeristic Photos of People on Public Transport Around the World. The show was judged by Travis Ruse, Photography Director at Inc. Magazine, and includes images from 15 locations by 25 photographers.

Metro Line 3 near Coyoacan, Mexico City
Metro Line 3 near Coyoacan, Mexico City

Linea 1 near Museo, Naples
Linea 1 near Museo, Naples

Surviving the Facebook Black and White Challenge Virus

The following is a recap of my five-day ordeal with the Facebook #BlackAndWhiteChallenge virus where I posted five images from my series Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza taken in 2009.

October 27 – Day 1

Autumn has arrived and it’s now the cold and flu season. Unfortunately, I’ve been infected by the dreaded Facebook ‪#‎BlackAndWhiteChallenge‬ virus which I caught from Alex Brikoff after logging on to my account.
According to epidemiologists, the best way to stop this scourge is to isolate infected individuals and to trace anyone that they may have had contact with. I intend to avoid using my camera during the five days that I’m posting images. I also promise not to nominate any of my friends to post their images in order to diminish the spread of this plague.

BWChallenge 01

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza (2009) – Leica M8, 35mm Summicron ASPH f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/250 sec, lens cap on.

October 28 – Day 2

Lens cap problem discovered and my solution is progressing nicely.

I remain in quarantine, firmly determined not to pass this insidious virus on to any of my friends. Ironically, today is Dr. Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday. Oh, if he could only help us now!

BWChallenge 02

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza (2009) – Leica M8, 35mm Summicron ASPH f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/60 sec, removing lens cap.

October 29 – Day 3

Lens cap problem fully solved. My temperature is normal, and I’ve been avoiding direct contact with anyone that has a Facebook account and a camera or cell phone.

Ironically, today is the 110th anniversary of the opening of the IRT subway line in New York City, where the #BlackAndWhiteChallenge virus has been festering, albeit in a much less infectious form, since 1938.

BWChallenge 03

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza (2009) – Leica M8, 35mm Summicron ASPH f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/60 sec, lens cap finally off.

October 30 – Day 4

Oops! I dropped the Leica lens cap on the ground. That small piece of plastic costs $29.95, and of course I bent over and pick it up.

Coincidentally, today marks the 107th aniversary of the invention of Bakelite, a phenol-formaldehyde polymer that was the world’s first fully synthetic plastic, by Leo Baekeland. In 1894, Baekeland also invented Velox Paper, the first paper suitable for black and white contact printing.

BWChallenge 04

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza (2009) – Leica M8, 35mm Summicron ASPH f/8, ISO 800, 1/90 sec, lens cap dropped on ground.

October 31 – Day 5

Success at last! I’ve finally captured this photo of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza. Unfortunately, it appears that some camera settings were inadvertently changed when I bent over to pick up the lens cap. Luckily, I was shooting RAW, so it was possible to recover lost details in post-processing. Although some may think that this image is slightly overexposed, I prefer to believe that it vividly demonstrates the illusive Leica Glow.

BWChallenge 05b

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Plaza (2009) – Leica M8, 35mm Summicron ASPH f/2.8, ISO 1250, 1/2 sec.

I’m pleased to report that this ordeal is finally over and that I haven’t transmitted the #BlackandWhiteChallenge virus to anyone else. I’ve also developed permanent immunity to any future infections by that virus. I’m now eagerly awaiting an invitation to the White House so that Barack can give me a hug and reiterate that we are not a nation ruled by fear.