It’s been a long road to this point in my career. Funny thing is all along my photography had a consistency, even when the subject matter changed. Even when I didn’t know what my vision was for my work.
I am a Christian and for me it’s all about seeing God all around you. I’ve always tried to take photos that I feel showed something wonderful, beautiful, and lovely about this world. And it is everywhere you just need to open your eyes to see it. That is my vision for my work. Showing the signature of God, the sacredness of nature, through the beauty of his creation. Sometimes it’s color, sometimes it’s detail, and sometimes it’s the symmetry. But the beauty of nature is always there.
25 years experience
167 photos accepted into international shows
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."
Success at the TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT
"in the last two decades, the TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT has attracted hundreds of thousands of pictures from nearly all countries around the world. It is by far the largest annual salon of photography on the globe.
It is the aim of this competition to find out the very best photography from different styles, techniques and genres. The TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT has established as an international benchmark of perfect photography."
Yes! and I had three photos accepted for 10 shows! That's right 10 acceptances! In the General catagory I had Eagle 1 accepted to 3 shows, in the Nature category I had Forest Floor accepted to 3 shows, and in the Trees and Woods category I had Stand of Trees accepted into 4 shows. Click the link above to find out when and where the shows will be and click below to buy a print for yourself.
Accepted to The 19th Gran Tour Delle Colline
This is my first attempt at this large circuit so I was really pleased to get the email this morning. I had my photo, Sea Eagle, accepted into the Trofeo Colline del Chianti show.
So that brings my grand total of accepted exhibited works to 157 photos. I have three more results due over the next two months so hopefully some more good news is coming soon.
You can read all about the show here: 19th Gran Tour Delle Colline and click on the results tab to find me.
And you can purchase this photo directly from me at this link.
Bavarian International Circuit
Another accepted photo into a large international photography competition.
Fern Forest, at left, was just accepted into the Bavarian International Photography Competition. It was accepted into the VHS Fotogruppe Dillingen Salon.
Success at the DIGA again!
The DIGA is a wonderful photography competition. I always love submitting my work there. This year I had some really wonderful success. Please check out their website for information on show locations and times. So here is the run down on what was accepted and where it will be shown.
Delicate 3, shown above, was accepted into the shows at Atlanta, Pinetree, and Rome. MeiMei was accepted into the show in Rome. Caterpillar did really well. This is a personal favorite of mine. It was accepted into shows in Rome, Woodstock, and received an honorable mention in the show in Dixie. Leaf was accepted into shows at Atlanta, Pinetree, and Woodstock. Valley 1 was accepted into a show at Pinetree. Tree Trunks was accepted into shows at Atlanta and Woodstock. And B&W Whitewater it was accepted into shows at Dixie and Woodstock.
Encouraging Young Artists Part 2
Early September I received an email from two teachers at the Environmental Charter School of Frick Park. They asked if I would be willing to donate some art and possibly come and speak to the kids about my work at some point. I was honestly surprised and really humbled that they thought so much of my work to ask me to talk to the kids.
Even the very best schools have budgets, they certainly cannot pay professionals to come in and talk to kids about their work. Volunteering and mentoring are very important today. Schools can't do everything.
I was at the school on October 3rd, and it was great fun. The kids were great. They asked some really good questions. My goal is not to make more photographers. My goal is to share my love for my career with kids. Maybe they'll become photographers someday. Maybe they'll just find a hobby they enjoy all their life. Or perhaps just take better family photos after a learning a bit about photography from a professional. Or maybe the experience just made them realize that photography isn't their thing. LOL.
My point is that if you are in a career and you are asked to help. Please consider helping. Even donating time to talk to kids about what you do can help a lot. You don't know what kid may be considering going into your field, what you say could be a real encouragement.
Encouraging Young Artists Part 1
My daughter is 8. She is in a great school district. And yet there is a lot to be desired. We knew this going in, figuring that we would have to supplement history, social studies, art, etc. And we have. She is also in a gifted program and takes advantage of her opportunities there as well. A recent event was a photography competition. It was nice to have her so interested in taking photos correctly. I explained the rule of thirds and told her to try and stick with that one rule.
So if your kid wants to know what you do, either professionally or as a hobby, please take the time to share with them. So many kids in so many schools don't even have art education in any form. Or if it's there it's more of a crafty sort of thing with no real instruction in the basic rules.
A related side story. I was 17 and having my photos taken for my senior pictures. I had been into photography for years and asked the photographer if he took unpaid interns in the summer. He replied in a very uppty tone, "My unpaid interns all must have a bachelors degree in photography before I will consider them."
I was disappointed of course. The idea that I couldn't be an unpaid intern really made me wonder if I wanted to go into photography at all. Ultimately I did but years later I learned that photographer didn't even have a photography degree AT ALL! The nerve!
So if you can mentor a kid that's interested in photography, or whatever your art is, please consider it. Don't assume that the schools cover this stuff. You could be encouraging someone to find their calling.
NEWS - Accepted Photos
Gran Tour Delle Colline
Encouraging Young Artists Part 2
Encouraging Young Artists Part 1
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