Since a recent deep freeze has engulfed much of the U.S. over the past week, I decided to take a series of abstract macros of the icy conditions with my iPhone and a Olloclip macro lens. During these severe weather changes a lot of us tend to focus on the negative impacts and inconveniences while few of us pause to consider the beauty that Mother Nature gifts us with in those fleeting moments. So here’s a slideshow of some of the smaller frozen moments that caught my eye, set to my favorite piece of classical music, Debussy’s Claire de Lune.
I have the distinct honor of being one of the Founder Artist’s for the New Era Museum, a collective of some of the best mobile artists across the globe. I am also part of the Founder’s Board, serve as the NEM website administrator, a member of the NEM Artistic Committee, and am Curator for the “NEM black&white” Photo-Action on Eyeem. On occasion I plan to post my selections for the “NEM black&white” submissions here on the blog. My intention is to share some of the amazing mobile art that is being created and to continue to support the mobile photography movement and the artists that are behind it.
Here are my selections for “NEM black&white” 01:
The featured artists clockwise from upper left: MICHAEL MANZA (@FIXIT_INPOST), FEDERICA CORBELLI (@LUBALUFT), @MARQUESADESOBRADO, DARKO (@DARKOLABOR), @RIKKR, PAUL GATTER (@PAULGATTER3), @MABADCA, @WANT_SNOW
Here is the link to view the gallery on the New Era Museum website: NEM Black&White Gallery 01
Here are my selections for “NEM black&white” 02:
The featured artists clockwise from upper left: NATALI PROSVETOVA (@NAPROSVET), JAC (@JACCARDOSO72), NIKKI (@NIXV1313), TRISH (@COURTANDSPARK), @LORENKA, ROGER GUETTA (@ROGERGUETTA1), STEFANIA P. BIGIARINI (@STEFANIAPECCHIOLI), ASLEEPUNDERCOLUMNSOVLIGHT (@COLUMNSOVSLEEP)
Here is the link to view the gallery on the New Era Museum website: NEM Black&White Gallery 02
If you are a mobile photographer and you would like a chance to have your black and white work featured on the New Era Museum website plus a shout-out across social media, submit your work via the Eyeem mobile app to the album “NEM black&white.” Hope to see your work there soon!
I began my career in photography as a nature and wildlife photographer. Over the years my work has morphed and touched just about every genre imaginable in the craft. Lately I have found myself drawn back into nature, focused primarily on landscape photos. In the past I shot most of my landscapes with my DSLR, creating moody High Dynamic Range images. This time around I have been shooting exclusively with my iPhone and feel drawn to a combination of apps that create a more painterly effect on the final image.
Here are some of the recent landscapes I have shot during the Fall color change in the Sierra’s.
Below is a photo I shot last year that was recently part of “Creatives Rising” and was projected onto the 42-story Linc LIC building in New York City as well as part of the See Me exhibition on Long Island.
It has been quite awhile since I last posted a blog entry here. Following my illness I spent a lot of time playing catch up on all the work projects that help to put the bread and butter on the table. Therefore I have not spent much time on either my photography or my writing. I viewed my absence as a sabbatical of sorts. An attempt to regroup my creative juices.
However, wonders never cease in regards to the creative energy I have put out into the world over the past year. This month two amazing things have come to fruition from those past creative moments. The first was news that my essay from the Seal Press book “Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small” was chosen as one of 8 pieces to be adapted for a stage production at the 14th Annual Estrogenius Festival in New York City. The piece is being directed by Ashley Marinaccio, Founder and Artistic Director of the amazing group “Girl Be Heard.” The performance will be on October 21st at 7:30PM at Stage Left Studio, NYC.
The second bit of news occurs tonight in New York City. One of my photographs is being projected onto the side of the 42 story Linc LIC building at 43-10 Crescent Street, NYC for the “Creatives Rising” event. My work will also be shown in the See.Me Gallery, 26-19 Jackson on Screen 8. The event runs from 6pm-12am tonight and beyond.
I’m hoping to move back into creative mode now that my work projects and busy life have equalized and hope to post more regularly again from this point forward.
My creative imagination has taken over once again and I have been having a lot of fun with photomontage. There are times when I burn out on montage work because it takes a lot of time and is pretty tedious to create on an iPhone. So, I take a little break and gravitate back towards straight photography. But since I got my iPad Mini, my eyes are far less strained and I am able to do the more tedious editing on the larger iPad screen with the remainder of editing on my iPhone.
Here are some of my recent photomontage pieces. Yes, I have a very unique and often quirky imagination.
Happy 4th of July to my U.S. friends! Still on the healing path and now waiting for word on the West Nile Virus antibodies test. In the meantime, I have been focused on creating art by shooting with my iPhone and doing some of the editing on my iPad. The iPad screen definitely provides relief for my strained eyes.
Below are two examples of the new direction that my photomontage are headed. My photomontage pieces take a lot longer to create than my more straightforward app’ed images, but I have definitely had a lot of time on my hands lately :-).
I am still on the mend from this not so fun illness. The mysterious polka dots still remains in smaller patches on my legs and arms but are fading daily. The only symptoms that persist besides the rash is fatigue and a few achy joints. I felt well enough this past weekend to escape to the Tahoe National Forest for a night of camping in “Lucy,” our vintage 1956 canned ham trailer.
We decided to check out Independence Lake, a pristine alpine lake that sits at around 7,200 feet in elevation. The lake and surrounding acreage was purchased several years ago by the Nature Conservancy and is cooperatively managed by a number of agencies with the goal of preserving the area and protecting one of the last populations of native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that live in the lake.
There is currently no camping adjacent to the lake so we chose the Little Lower Truckee River campground located off of Hwy 89 and within 10 miles of Independence Lake.
The five miles of road that lead to Independence is a rough and rocky ride that requires a high clearance vehicle. The surrounding scenery was absolutely stunning with thick forests of pine that would occasionally open up into wildflower spotted alpine meadows and groves of aspen.
Here’s a very condensed version of the trip up to the lake:
In order to protect the lake from invasive species, no outside boats are allowed. The Nature Conservancy provides the free use of a fleet of kayaks, fly fishing pontoons, and motor boats for anyone who would rather spend time out on the water than along the shore.
Following are a few of the photos I took while there. I am experimenting once again with a variety of apps so each one is a bit different in look and feel.
It was so nice to spend some time outside of the house and out in nature again. I look forward to our next trip to Independence Lake when I am feeling myself again and will definitely grab one of the kayaks and paddle around the lake and take a lot of photos!
**All photos shot and edited with an iPhone 5**