Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Year of the Rabbit

Last Thursday I went to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Downtown Chinatown to see the New Years Lantern Viewing.  It was a cold crisp night and the event was completely sold out - though somehow my business partner Erin found a last minute's good to have friends!  She was smart enough to get there early and set up a tripod, while I arrived late - rushed through the crowd and nuzzled my way into a nook in front of two awe-inspired children.  They cooed and pointed as a colorfully lit dragon was carried out and gracefully twirled around the stage like a magical puppet.  After the dancing dragon finished and the beating drums went silent, the garden cleared out and we stayed behind to take photos in the quiet of the night.  We photographed the 100 beautifully illuminated hanging red lanterns and the 200 floating lanterns in Lake Zither until the garden closed.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the night:

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, a symbol of luck.  So best of luck to all in this coming year!  Check out the next event this month at the garden, Thursday February 24th @ 12 pm, The National College of Natural Medicine Lecture Series:  The Spleen and the Snake (free with admission) Chin Chin!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Brave New World

After many years of envy over friends' accomplishments and agonizing moments of self-loathing over my own laziness - here I am!  I've braved the unknown and shoved my way into an unfamiliar realm of technology...blogging!  Blogging - where, if I understand correctly, I will get more exposure than I could have in some once-popular periodicals (sigh), where I can toss my art into the matrix and see what flies, and where I have a forum for unabashed self-promotion and immediate gratification (those of my generation can attest).  Without further ado - my musings, my inspirations, my works:

I went to a terrific photography exhibit at a new gallery in the industrial district on the East side of town last Friday. i witness gallery is located one floor beneath Bunk Bar (where after an exhibit you can grab a bite and maybe some live music...I don't care how Portlandia that sounds) and is owned by Sharon - a former photography teacher of my business partner Erin and her husband Ken. The show is titled 'Duality' and features a number of dyptichs from traveling National Geographic photojournalists Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson.

Erin and I spoke with Randy after drooling over his charmed adventures displayed on the walls of the overheated basement, and I walked away with a heavy heart and rather damp armpits.  Randy didn't have the most glowing view of the direction newspapers and magazines are headed - things aren't looking so good for National Geographic and the formerly coveted photojournalist positions.  In fact, Randy says there are no longer staff photographers on the NG roster.  I wonder what our Oregon brother and Editor in Chief of National Geographic thinks about that?

Regardless of the shoddy outlook for the soon-to-be-antiquated papery form of communication, Randy and Melissa are still producing beautiful work.  These are some of my favorite photos from the show: