Friday, February 27, 2015

Judging from the Hot Seat

I am often asked to judge local and National photography competitions and wrote the following article for the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Journal. It was published in the November 2014 issue. Enjoy!

The reason for this articles title is fairly simple. Judging is not for everyone and sometimes as a club judge it can feel as if those eyes behind you are burning into the back of your neck. As a judge your opinion is also judged in the minds of the participant listeners.
What is the literal meaning of the word Judge or act of judging? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, judge, judging and judged is to ‘form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises’. ‘To determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation, to form an estimate or evaluation of or opinion about’. This of course includes positive and negative conclusions or opinions.

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.