It was a strange year of photography for me. It seemed like I hardly got out at all, but the number of photographs made this past year speak to the contrary. It was difficult narrowing down all the photos to just these favorites. The other thing I noticed was that I did not update the website as I normally do, unfortunately time just did not allow for it. I will try to do better this coming year. So without any further delay, enjoy my favorite images from 2011. And don’t forget to visit the website to see the other photos from the year in the “new images” section, HERE
I think by far my most favorite photograph of the year is The Gathering. It was a whole family effort and it brings back a great memory of my four children, uh assistants, and I stomping around in the surf at the coast gathering and placing all these amazing rocks. And I did not think I would even make a photo that day as the coast was completely socked in with a thick fog that never lifted. ‘The Gathering’ has also been a big hit in the art show exhibit as well. I am hoping for great things with this photo.
I started out the year in a real funk. I was having a very hard time “seeing”. I went out one warm, we’re talking like 70 degrees warm, yeah California is strange, February day to the coast with my four assistants to play in the sand. I wandered the beach while the assistants did what they do best, play. I soon became enamored with patterns in the sand and started to work. As soon as I made this photo, my youngest got caught by a sneaker wave and even though it was warm to a dry body, her little 5 year old wet body could not handle it and started to shiver uncontrollably. We piled whatever clothes we could on her, packed up the camera and carried our little treasure for over 1/2 mile back to the car to warm her up. She was fine, and my vision was renewed with Treasure.
There are those times when you walk upon a scene where the light is just speaking to you in a very deep way. This was one of those times. The light falling on this small area of fallen Black Oak leaves was something I just could not pass up. I look forward to printing this one very large and exhibiting Final Words in the show.
There is a place along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park that brings tranquility to my heart. Its the place I think of when I need to go to my ‘Happy Place’ and its a place that I have been photographing for years with only marginal success. This year, the photos I made there were exceptional. The variety of colors and shapes made me think of an Autumn Garden.
This past spring was lackluster at best in California, at least for me. The one photo that I came back with was from Carizzo Plain. It was my first multi-4×5-sheet film stitched panoramic. It brought my computer to its knees, then running Windows XP with only 2 GB of RAM. The final photograph opened for me some great possibilities in both size and detail in my prints. The final photograph, Remembering Spring, can be printed out at its native resolution of 360 dpi to the size of 50 inches tall by 100 inches wide! It can go even larger than that. I am looking for takers.
I have been photographing the moon, the new crescent in particular, for the last 20 years. I go out each and every month to find it in the sky if not to photographing it as well. Some months the sky sings with color and vibrancy as the moon sinks slowly to the horizon. However on this night, color was not even a question, but the atmosphere and the company, Venus shown there to the left, made up for it. To add to the ambiance, this moon marked the beginning of the new Islamic year, 1433 AH. This scene made Starting Anew one of my all time favorite new moon photos.
Some friends and I have a tradition where we take our kids out for several days of camping and fun in the Sierra. Most often we find ourselves somewhere along the Yuba River. Years ago, I found a tributary to the Yuba river which came to this lush waterfall about a mile or some up this side canyon. Each time we camp in the area, I try to make a photograph of it. It has taken me quite a long time, but I finally captured that waterfall to my liking. The Long Wait was a exercise in patience. I guess good things do come those who wait.
Acquiring wisdom is a life long effort. The longer we live the better the chances of becoming wise as we have more chances of learning the life lessons associated with wisdom. I am always in awe of things that portray wisdom by virtue of their age. Desert Sage and Tufa formations impart that awe to me. My recent visit to South Tufa Beach along the Mono Lake shore was interesting in that I found a serendipitous juxtaposition of the young crescent moon with old desert sage and ancient Tufa. I saw myself sitting before The Tufa Sage seeking the wisdom to navigate through life. Knowing myself and how forgetful I am, I left Mono Lake with a sprig of the desert sage that I now keep in my studio hoping that the aroma would remind me of what I learned. My studio now reminds me daily with the scent of desert sage to be cognizant that every event in life has a lesson to be learned and waxes my wisdom just a little bit more.
These are the eight photos from this past year that meant the most to me. I invite you all to let me know which of these photos are your favorite. If you would like more information about each photo, the title of each was hyperlinked to the photo on the Organic Light Photography website where you can read my reflections about the photo and possibly purchase a print for your home, office or as a gift to a friend or loved one. I thank all of my patrons and supporters for the continued support that makes this body of work and what is to come possible.
Have a Happy, Prosperous and Peace filled New Year.