Friday, August 8, 2014

New Work from the USA

This image was taken in San Francisco, California as part of my ongoing project of observations of life in the USA. A visual journey I started nearly 20 years ago. It has been for me a wonderful discovery of the human spirit and has gifted to me a greater understanding of our amazing country.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chelsea Pensioners

Chelsea Pensioners in London, England circa late 1980's. Service members in the UK who have served in the military since WWII can apply to be a pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Some members have seen active service and others have not, but all pensioners have a deep understanding of what it is to serve their country. Chelsea Pensioners wear uniforms as in this image, to honor their service.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Crystals Detail

During the final phases of construction at the Crystals Center in Las Vegas, I came across this image while looking upward. The lighting was natural and became for me an exercise in shape, form and contrast. I have returned to the same spot many times since and have not been able to duplicate the lighting again.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wood Worker, Ghana

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing".
Mother Teresa

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stop! Alley Traffic

Recently, I was wandering through the streets of Seattle, WA when I came across a sign that read. ‘Stop – Alley Traffic’. Curiosity overwhelmed me and although there was an abundance of ‘No Trespassing’ signs, I could not help myself. The expression “Stop and smell the roses” came to mind, so I looked it up and apparently it is a cliché believed to have originated in the United States about 100 years ago.

I asked myself what does this expression really mean? It’s apparently telling us to appreciate and take in all that is around us and enjoy the experience and to pay attention. I also understand it can be used in a concerned context to tell a hard working friend or acquaintance to slow down.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bolivia Land of Belief

On the western side of central South America sits the former Incan Empire country of Bolivia. Bordered by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru, Bolivia is a democratic republic with a population estimated at a little over nine million. The people of this region hold the belief that when photographed, a piece of their soul or spirit is taken away. If approached suddenly or unannounced, they will cover their faces and pull their children towards them for protection. It was important for me to take the time to get to know them a little before intruding on their world.

After some research I was advised the best time of year to travel to Bolivia was April or May. At this time of year the weather would be bright and sunny, mainly dry with temperatures between 55 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, but I was warned to expect the odd torrential afternoon downpour.