Chicago: It was all a blur

28 Jul

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself on the L, headed downtown Chicago. I thought I would play around with a filter I had recently purchased – a hi-def for my wide angle.

Much to my surprise, quite the blur was created – and I am not speaking in reference to the whirlwind of people trying to cram themselves into the Taste (proudly, I was not one – though the family did convince me that I HAD TO try Pizano’s, which they were correct).



I actually enjoy the above. I feel like spectator, looking through old glass.




We also made a visit to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, while staying with my aunt and uncle. Although this image strays away from my typical (in that I am not really keen on pretty garden scenes), there is something about this blurred greenland that I keep coming back to.





Gregory Colbert and the Empathy Effect

2 Jul

Today, I found myself questioning whether or not my sense of empathy is a positive or a negative. I am not an emotional person, however I have always prided myself in being able to understand the view points of others. Today, work tested my empathetical advantage, leaving me angry that I cannot always communicate in such a cut and dry manner.

Nothing a cookie shouldn’t be able to fix, I suppose. Or a game of chess. Or an evening with my horse. Or an evening with a heavy bag? Oh, the options.

But, if cookies, or horses, or kickboxing or board games aren’t your cup of tea, try Gregory Colbert’s approach (all of the following from Ashes and Snow):


Scientific methodologies say that we should not ascribe human emotions to animals. Looking through Colbert’s works, it is impossible to understand how anyone could even suggest that an animal other than ourselves is not able to communicate emotions that are equal to our own.



And, perhaps, our empathy for one another isn’t as powerful as we would like to think. But, can you say the same about human empathy toward animals? How would your reaction differ if someone kicked your friend compared to if they kicked your dog?

My response to what I would do if someone kicked my faithful Doberman: Do you have bail money?

And my friend? After she dusted herself off, my reaction would be the least of the responsible party’s problems.




As for my topsy-turvy work induced empathy? They know I have their backs.

Go check-out Colbert’s works. I’m particularly interested in his use of encoustics and plan on approaching this subject at a later time. Perhaps it isn’t chess nor kickboxing that I need, but rather some alone time with my rosin, wax and mortar!

The art of not caring, but really caring

19 Jun

We’ve all reached our limits. Some of us have been at that point more than once. Some of us have taken up residence and insist on being neurotically stressed about every thing all of the times.

I am crossing the threshold between caring and outwardly not caring. What I mean is that I do care, and will continue to. However, I am at the point of breakage where I feel that I am damned if I do, damned if I don’t.

One photographer who mastered the art of appearing to not care – the nonchalant approach – is also one of my favourites: Garry Winogrand.

List of some intriguing Winogrand quotes. Get inside the mind of ambivalent perfection.


World’s Fair, New York City. 1964. Garry Winogrand.

“No one moment is most important. Any moment can be something.”


From Animals. Garry Winogrand.

“You see something happening and you bang away at it. Either you get what you saw or you get something else–and whichever is better you print.”


Los Angeles. 1966. Garry Winogrand.

“The primary problem is to learn to be your own toughest critic. You have to pay attention to intelligent work, and to work at the same time. You see. I mean, you’ve got to bounce off better work. It’s matter of working.”


From the Estate of Garry Winogrand.

“Photos have no narrative content. They only describe light on surface.”


There you have it. A man who seemed to work tirelessly, leaving thousands upon thousands of photos behind, actually had a plan all along. Take comfort in this, my friends. I know I will.

“Great photography is always on the edge of failure.”


31 photos over 31 yrs, because I am now 31yro

2 Jun

I turned 31yro on June 1st. To celebrate, I found 31 images, spanning 31 years, to share.



Daytona Beach, 1982. Paul McDonough


Duke University Alumi website. 1983


Image from 1984 Olympics.


Jessie at 5, 1985. Sally Mann. One of my favorite photographers, btw.


Niagara Falls, 1986. Barbara Bosworth.


France, 1987.

7 self portrait 1988 - Matt Weber - weber-street-photographydotcom

Self-portrait, 1988. Matt Weber.

8 mary-ellen-mark-street-photography-jennifer-tiffany-and-carrieportsmouth-ohio-1989

Jennifer, Tiffany and Carrie, Portsmouth, Ohio. 1989. Mary Ellen Mark

9 Yoga studio photography 1990 -  Gilles Larrain

Yoga Studio. Gilles Larrain. 1990.

10 Dancing Saturday night at Margarets Blue Diamond Club Clarkson MS 1991 - Ken Light - yellowworlddotorg

Dancing Saturday Night at Margaret’s Blue Diamond Club, Clarkson, MS, 1991. Ken Light.

11 Vinlan 1992 Immediate Family - Sally Mann

Vinlan, From Immediate Family, 1992. Sally Mann

12 Still Life no 298 1993 - Kenro Izu

Still life #298, 1993. Kenro Izu

13 Chanel-Feather-Headdress-B-New-York-1994-Copyright-by-the-Irving-Penn-Foundation-e1355143562347

Chanel Feather Headdress, New York, 1994. Irving Penn

14 Night Walk Los Angeles No 28 1995 - Henry Wessel - artblartdotcom

Night Walk, Los Angeles, #28, 1995. Henry Wessel.

15 Matsudas Naked in New York 1996 - Nan Goldin

Matsudas, Naked in New York. 1996. Nan Goldin.

16 Untitled  Nude I Miami 1997 - Herb Ritts

Untitled Nude, Miami, 1997. Herb Ritts.

17 Near Vicksburg 1998 - Sally Mann

Near Vicksburg, 1998. Sally Mann.

18 Sailboats III 1999 Lothar Osterburg

Sail Boats III, 1999. Lothar Ostenburg.

19 Hurry to Home 2000 Kushal Gangopadhyay

Hurry Home, 2000. Kushal Gangopadhyay

20 Two Trees 2001 Rocky Schenck

Two Trees, 2001. Rocky Schenck.

21 The-Pool-Side-StoryPOP-Autumn_Winter-2002-03Ph-Mert-Alas-Marcus-PiggottModel-Angela-Lindvall

Pool Side Story, 2002. Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott.

22 Apple store North Michigan Ave Chicago 2003 Almond Dhukka

Apple Store, North Michigan Ave, Chicago, 2003. Almond Dhukka.

23 Bare Necessities Vogue US 2004 - Irving Penn

Bare Necessities, for Vogue US, 2004. Irving Penn.

24 Enriques Journey 2005 Don Bartletti

Enrique’s Journey, 2005. Don Bartletti.

25 Light Series 2006 Waheeda Malullah

Light Series, 2006. Waheeda Malullah

26 Low Tide Cumberland Lisland Georgia 2007 Jack Spencer

Low Tide, Cumberland Island, Georgia, 2007. Jack Spencer.

27 Zambia February 2008 Annie Griffiths Belt

Zambia, Feb. 2008. Annie Griffiths Belt.

28 Diglossia No 8 2009 - Eugenia Raskopoulos

Diglossia #8, 2009. Eugenia Raskopoulos.

29 Joyful 2010 Ario Wibisono

Joyful, 2010. Ario Wibisono.

30 I Drive 2011 Todd Hido

From I Drive, 2011. Todd Hido (Another favorite photographer of mine).

Storms 2 2012 Mitch Dobrowner

Storms, 2012. Mitch Dobrowner.


And just because I love giraffes (hey, it’s my damn birthday!):


South Africa, 2013. Frederick van Heerden

Go Outside and Do Something: Motivation from Ronny Kiaulehn

26 May

Spring took it’s dear time coming to Omaha. It seems that it may finally be here to stay – and not a moment too soon, as a summer full of bikinis and bbqs is knocking at my door!

If you need a little push out into the sunshine, take some time and visit Ronny Kiaulehn’s site.

Kiaulehn’s site offers a little bit of everything, including a Wellness portfolio that has me reaching for my massage therapist’s number! Also, I’m not sure a MacBook has ever had a better swim – well, certainly not a better looking swim, anyway!





Be sure to visit Kiaulehn’s facebook. We all love friends with excellent lighting techniques!

Omaha Fashion Week: Homegrown edition

24 Apr

Omaha’s fashionistas spent this week, patiently waiting for the list of designers scheduled to make their way through our fair city this August.

OMW article.

And while the designers thread needles and anxiously pump sewing machines, all in the name of fashion perfection, some of us will have our cameras ready. What’s better than an impossibly skinny young female in couture? Capturing a glimpse of her strut on film (digital or not), of course!

Break out your Marks!

The team at Hooton Images have done just that. Omaha photographers, offering a wide profile of fashion, wedding and boudoir portraits have decided to “class-up,” our otherwise rustic, Midwestern town.






Be sure to check-out their blog and facebook– full of many beautiful portraits!


I’ll be gone till November… or April

17 Apr

I bet you didn’t think you would hear from me again. And it isn’t that I haven’t thought about you, nor even sat down to write to you.

I’ve been side tracked by things, though exciting, not artistic in nature.

When I think of a more graceful apology, I will deliver. Until then, I will keep it simple: I’m sorry.

In the meantime, I have something spectacular to share!

Herb Ritts:

Using sculpture-like portraiture, Ritts designed a relationship between the defined body form and sensuality.


LA Style








The Quiet Front


The Awesomeness of Ryan McGinley

28 May

I must apologize for my prolonged absence. In the blogosphere, two weeks is an eternity, no? Well, my computer is still collecting dust in the back of some geek’s office, patiently awaiting repair. My new job has taken over. And, to be honest, May means extra riding time! Hoot!

So, to welcome myself back to my blog, I bring you the awesome-awe of Ryan McGinley:






Egg Donors

12 May

Mother’s Day is this weekend. My kids have already come home from school with cute momentos that will forever remain in the “awe” section of my keepsakes.

I have not bad a stable, confident, consistent mother figure in my life. My mother, whom I refer to as the “egg donor” made it clear that she isn’t ready to face her past (ie, me). Stepmom 1 doesn’t deserve to be acknowledged. Stepmom 2 is actually normal, but did not take the roll of “stepmother” until after I had left home. My grandmothers, though loving women, were not able to take the role as lead female.

Therefore, I dedicate this Mother’s Day to Audrey Hepburn.

Some infamous photos and quotes….


“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”



“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”



“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”



*Note: I’m having computer issues and am bringing this to you via iPad. Forgive the infamous mobile typos! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Drained: The Thesis Debacle Continues

3 May

My thesis has turned into a melodrama, and not the kind I like. After spending ten months doing… something, I’m not even sure what, anymore… It occurred to some of my peers that 2+2 weren’t adding. Was it the writing? Was it the imagery? Kinda. Although both are well thought-out, they don’t seem to mesh well with one another.

Obviously, this is a problem. And, with just a few short weeks to go, it is a big problem. And my problem.

I tried to fake it. I tried to rewrite for my images, suggesting something more than what is. It felt forced and, predictably, read as forced. No, it read as shit. I can’t make a kitten a cougar and I cannot assign emotions to a square.

My options seem to be to either fight and argue like hell for my project as it stands, knowing that many opinions have already been formed. Or, take inspiration from the annoying kid on Glee and throw caution to the wind. No, grad school, I’m not going to write you a love song, because you asked for it.

Gag… I went there.

As anyone on a 5-hour Energy trip drowning in the cliched expectations of being an artist oozing in angst, I took to the Google machine. Enjoy exploring some other thesis studies!

Helen Maringer

Giselle Behrens

Kevin Yeo