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My 15 minutes of Fame

A very nice article appeared in today’s San Francisco Chronicle about some of my recent jazz photography which is being featured at a festival this weekend.

It should be a fun day, so if you’re reading this before Saturday, August 4th, and you’re somewhere near San Francisco, here are the details:

Also posted in Art, music photos, Shows

Back Where it Belongs

I took this photograph of the Steel Stacks several years ago on my first trip to Bethlehem PA. I loved the textures of subtle color reflections (There were Christmas lights across the highway). I never expected it to have much of a market in California, but this week it made it’s way back to Pennsylvania where it hangs in the Director’s Office of Bradbury Sullivan LGTB Community Center in Allentown. I’m so happy it’s gone home.


Well, 2014 is gone; 4 book launch events done; the gallery is set to re-open soon (SF Women Artists Gallery’s new digs in the Inner Sunset), and I’m no longer carrying cameras to every gig I go to – but just last week, well, couldn’t help myself. These five portraits from a concert at the California Jazz Conservatory resulted.

A nice learning curve

I had an offer I couldn’t refuse. Since I’ve been photographing musicians and more recently bands in local clubs, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to be asked to do a concert shoot. But, well, it’s BIGGER – and it’s for the client, not for me!

It was a challenge I couldn’t ignore though, so I dove in. It evolved from renting a more powerful lens and the camera to hold it to actually buying a new camera and lens. I guess I’ve been wanting to do that anyway, and now I’m pretty much in love with my new mirrorless Lumix GX7. I digested the manual so I could change settings on the fly – though there’s still more to learn – and tested it out in clubs and another concert the prior night.

I showed up 2 hours early to figure out where to sit, what spots to shoot from, adjust for the actual lighting and practice focusing on the various parts of the stage. And finally I felt prepared. With a half hour to spare, there was time for a quick trip to the local watering hole for a nice glass of chardonnay.


The show was wonderful to watch, even through the lens, and I’m now chomping at the bit to do another one.

Terri with Terri

My other ‘Woman’ piece in the SF Women Artists show, called The Knitters can be seen here behind one of the knitters. Meet Terri Wong who is wearing another of her hand-knitted hats.

City Shots

4 Venues in December!

It’s really exciting to be in 4 places at once! The San Francisco show has moved from the SFWA gallery to the San Francisco Federal Building where it will live until the end of the month. The opening Reception is Wednesday 11:30 – 1 at 90 Seventh Street. I have 5 pieces there (added a couple during the transfer….). Then I was selected as a guest artist at the new Misho Gallery show which opens Friday 12/7. That show runs for two weeks with a reception Friday night from 5 – 9 at 680 Eighth Street, Suite 230. I had two pieces juried into the new ‘Patterns & Rhythm’ show at the SF Women Artists Gallery – reception on Thursday, 12/13 from 5:30 – 7. And finally I got asked to show my Bulls Eye photograph at the CK Gallery in Piedmont. That opening is Saturday 12/8 at 4125 Piedmont Ave, Oakland from 5 – 7:30.


Not my usual fare, but I was trying out my new viewfinder yesterday morning and was pleased my camera was up to the job.  It also makes me think maybe Spring really has arrived.

Occupy Philadelphia

While seeing the highlights of this city, my 24 hour visit managed to coincide with the deadline day for the Occupy folk to vacate City Hall. 5pm came and went and they stayed. No violence; no police action; lots of news coverage. Don’t know what happened the next day, but I did get some shots of their last ‘legal’ day. Slideshow here.

Apologies – wrong link

If you received my August Art News and tried to read it in your browser, you didn’t succeed!  Apologies for forgetting to change the link (since June!).  I’ve now added a menu item to this site that will link to the newsletter archives in case you’re so inclined.