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:

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