Trieste Photo Days – Urban & Human Empathy

I’m looking forward to visiting Italy for the Trieste Photo Days. This international festival of urban photography is in its fourth year and includes exhibitions of Italian and foreign artists, workshops, screenings, presenting books, meetings and events related to road photography, architectural photography and artistic photography linked to the urban sphere. The official program is now posted.

I was honored to be named best photographer for the Urban & Human Empathy Exhibition with my Avoid Naples! project. I will be giving a talk at 7:00PM on October 28, where Stefano Ambroset and Roberto Srelz will present the photographic book “URBAN unveils the city and his secrets – Vol. 03” , which contains a selection of the best photos of the URBAN 2017 photographic competition and the Urban & Human Empathy photographic project, the first photographic project launched by the Exhibit Around platform, focused on the human presence immersed in the urban context. Other speakers at the festival include Maurizio Galimberti, Monika Bulaj, Denis Curti, Giorgio Galimberti, Roberto Polillo, Fulvio Bortolozzo, Graziano Perotti, Tadashi Onishi, and Christine Miess.


Dante Monument, Naples

The Urban & Human Empathy exhibition will be on display at the FVG Airport from October 12 through November 30, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who helped to organize Trieste Photo Days.

Urban & Human Empathy Exhibition

I’m thrilled to be named best photographers in the Urban & Human Empathy organized by Exhibit Around for my Avoid Naples! project, along with Christine Miess for her Time Collapsing project.

The Urban & Human Empathy exhibition tour will start on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Dom Literatury in Łódź, Poland, and continue later this Summer in Budapest, Hungary. The exhibition will culminate during the fourth edition of Trieste Photo Days, which will take from October 27 through November 5, 2017, in Trieste, Italy.

Spanish Quarter Warning, Naples
Dante Monument, Naples
Fishmonger, Naples
Line 2 at Montesanto, Naples
Via dei Tribunali, Naples
Via Foria, Naples
Via Mario Morgantini, Naples
Via San Liborio, Naples
Corso Umberto - Naples
Vico della Zite - Naples, Italy

Spanish Quarter Warning, Naples

Dante Monument, Naples

Fishmonger, Naples

Line 2 at Montesanto, Naples

Via dei Tribunali, Naples

Via Foria, Naples

Via Mario Morgantini, Naples

Via San Liborio, Naples

Corso Umberto - Naples

Vico della Zite - Naples, Italy

I’m looking forward to attending Trieste Photo Days in October.

Blue Sky Gallery – Out of the Drawers

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.

Talk at Portland Art Museum

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

BWP Showcase at theprintspace in London

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.

Easter Monday Procession
Palm Sunday Smoke and Drizzle
Scores of Cucuruchos
In the Shadow of Mary
Bearing the Burden
Sunshine and Smoke
Good Friday Procession
Tear of Sorrow
Cathedral at Nightfall

Easter Monday Procession

Palm Sunday Smoke and Drizzle

Scores of Cucuruchos

In the Shadow of Mary

Bearing the Burden

Sunshine and Smoke

Good Friday Procession

Tear of Sorrow

Cathedral at Nightfall

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.

2017 Blue Sky Gallery Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers

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.

Girl at the Abastos Market - Oaxaca
Man with Portrait of the Virgin - Mexico City
Girl with Bird - Pebas, Peru
Man in Market - Dali, China
Alejandro - Oaxaca
Twins - Brooklyn
Best Friends - Granada, Nicaragua
Coal Yard Workers - Varanasi
Girl in Chair - Ometepe
Boy in Thought - Bahia, Brazil

Girl at the Abastos Market - Oaxaca

Man with Portrait of the Virgin - Mexico City

Girl with Bird - Pebas, Peru

Man in Market - Dali, China

Alejandro - Oaxaca

Twins - Brooklyn

Best Friends - Granada, Nicaragua

Coal Yard Workers - Varanasi

Girl in Chair - Ometepe

Boy in Thought - Bahia, Brazil

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.

Metro Talk at Blue Sky Gallery

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.

Metro Opens at Blue Sky Gallery

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.