Wednesday, June 22, 2011

An Infinitely Greater World | Ansel Adams's Epiphany

I know what this feels like. I've been there. Several times. In that moment of powerful epiphany brought on by the overwhelming silence of near-perfect light. Once in a moment such as that a switch within the soul is turned on. Nothing can ever turn it back off.

Listen to Ansel Adams's own words between the 2:18 and 3:00 minute marks and you will hear the echoes of what it feels like to become completely lost within something far greater than the self while at the same time arriving where you were always meant to be.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

What Attracts the Eye

It's interesting to place these two images near each other and notice the common visual element found within each composition. Here are two photographs from entirely different areas of the country - one being the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio; the other deep in Lower Antelope Canyon on the arid, dramatic landscape of the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona.

Beauty in nature and landscape is not the sole possession of exotic, far away locations. The truth is that it resides within the visual artist and is discovered in small tones and a still, calm voice no matter where he or she travels, or travels not at all !

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Moving-In | Progress with New Studio and Gallery on Hilton Head

Over the last couple of days I've been gathering and relocating all of my photo biz materials (prints, bins, office furniture, computer gear, lights and light stands, soft boxes, etc.) to my new photography studio and gallery, located @ The Village Exchange on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The official address is 32 Palmetto Bay Road, #3A.

As you can see by the images included with this post the renovations are nearly complete. The final walk-through inspection was approved and now I'm just waiting on the fixtures for the track lighting, vinyl lettering on my door window and sign. Once the Town of Hilton Head receives notification of my occupancy permit I will have my local vendor's license and then I can schedule a grand opening. What's really special is that my daughters Emma and Chloe will be here with me for that grand opening. It will be cool to have them help me plan and present the opening event.

For the last 10 years the space served as a location for a hair salon, so naturally some renovations and updates were needed. I wasn't originally planning on a new wood floor but now that it's in place I couldn't possibly see how carpet would have worked with what I have in mind for this location.

Mike Halley of MH Construction, Inc., here on Hilton Head, has done an excellent job. I'm very pleased and thankful - thankful to have this opportunity to present my photography in such a great location. I'm blessed.