Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Alfred Stieglitz & Georgia O'Keeffe Collection Exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum

Patrick Saunders and I drove to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas this week for an exhibit of a portion of the personal art collection of photographer Alfred Stieglitz and painter Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as some of their own work, that was donated to Fisk University by O'Keeffe after Stieglitz died. Crystal Bridges and Fisk are now sharing the work. Much of the art collection and some of their better known works were also donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Chicago Art Institute, so the donation to the Fisk is fairly small, comparatively, but it was worth the trip for me just for the opportunity to see the original image Alfred Stieglitz made of his "The Terminal" photo, as well as how he chose to crop it when he made a photogravure of it - the initial gelatin silver he made of the full negative and a cropped photogravure enlargement are hanging side by side in this exhibit. I didn't know that this would be the case, and I've never had the opportunity to see the difference between an original image Stieglitz shot of a full negative compared to a cropped version processed in another manner. His cropping and enlargement of the "The Terminal" image when he made the photogravure made the steam coming off the horses much more powerful and visceral because his cropping and enlargement brings you into the image in such a way that you could almost be standing there next to the horses - you could almost feel the steam as well as see it. And the warm brown added by the photogravure process gives the image an emotion and a sense of life that the gelatin silver didn't have. It was so interesting to have the chance to see the choices he made with the photogravure. I have a better understanding of what was meant by Pictorialism at that time and why it was somewhat controversial for its time. The emotion, mood, and softness in Stieglitz photos that I am so enthralled by all come not really from the way the images were initially shot, but by what process he chose for the negative, how he manipulated the processing, and how he cropped. Having this experience makes me wish I could see more photos that I admire in this way in exhibits. We can learn so much from being able to see a photographer's process, rather than just the final result, and I am grateful that Crystal Bridges chose to display these photographs this way, and to explain more about Stieglitz's process.

I was also able to see the photogravure of this image, "The Steerage", another famous Stieglitz photo. The emotion and humanity in this photo are a product of the subject matter itself, but the processing heightens the emotional quality of it just that much more. The image I have posted here is a gelatin silver version of this photo, I believe, but the photogravure process and the warmth it creates really intensified an already emotionally compelling image, and this version that I saw at the exhibit didn't seem to be cropped in any way, but I'm not certain of that.

The Stieglitz photo that still moves me the most is one he took of the Flatiron Building in snow. You can hear and feel the quiet. No one could ever photograph this building quite like this again. A much different skyline crowds in all around it now, and Madison Square Park is full of people at all hours. Patrick and I lived in New York for several years, and frequently took our dogs to a dog park there when we first arrived. It was never empty or still, at any hour, and an insane amount of traffic buzzes around the park 24/7. Stieglitz's photo is so peaceful and so quiet - it must have been wonderful to be able to appreciate and photograph Manhattan back when it actually had silent, empty spaces and moments devoid of people. Stieglitz took this photo of the Flatiron I think in 1906, and the photo of me and my dogs was taken by Patrick in 2006. He had to work hard to find an angle that didn't have something else competing with the Flatiron for skyline, and to catch a picture of us in between large crowds of people passing through.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy holidays!

Patrick Saunders and I, and all of our fur kids, including Barney here, the 14-year-old super spaz, wish you a very merry holiday and a happy new year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saunders Fine Arts Promotional Shoot for the Great Plains SPCA's 2014 Pawtini Fundraiser

Here's a sneak peak from a promotional shoot Patrick Saunders and I did this week for the Great Plains SPCA's annual Pawtini fundraiser. I won't show the entire image now as a courtesy because it hasn't run in The Independent yet, but how adorable are these fur kids in black tie and pearls? The young male shepherd mix was the sweetest thing - the first thing he did when we met was flop down for a belly rub. And I have a HUGE soft spot for orange male tabbies - they are always the sweetest little cuddle bears. This kitten was no exception - he was handed off a lot over the course of this shoot, and he was such a good sport about it all, even the pearls. Working with a sweet dog and snuggly kitten - not a bad way to spend an afternoon. We hope the GPSPCA raises lots of money at the March 2014 Pawtini event!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Poinsettia Painting Number Three By Patrick Saunders

Patrick just completed his third poinsettia commission in as many months. He has literally completed a poinsettia trilogy this holiday season. Here's the latest one:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The New Waterlogue Application - Worth Every Penny!

My husband turned me on to this new app that was just released this morning - I can't believe this thing is only $3.99! We don't need anything for Christmas now, because we both just bought ourselves a great present, for all of eight bucks. Waterlogue App

The first thing I did with it was snap my favorite - my hubby - loved the results right away.

Then I snapped my second favorite - one of my fur kids Ken - how cool is this? Hours of fun for everyone. Thank you Waterlogue for making this fanastic app!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Saunders Fine Arts 2014 Promotional Video

Just finished the 2014 promotional video for Saunders Fine Arts - another thing I can check off my to do list! :)

Saunders Fine Arts Promotional Video

Bob Ross' Hair versus Patrick Saunders' Eyebrows

Artist Scott Wulf spied the Bob Ross hair on Patrick's easel in a photo posted yesterday of Patrick's progress on the Pilgrim Chapel painting. Wulf is an incredibly talented illustrator - check out his work here: Scott Wulf Imagery

When Patrick left VML, one of his parting gifts from friends and colleagues was a card they made that has Patrick's face plastered with Bob Ross' hair and beard, and the words "Go and paint your happy trees." Simply awesome. It's been on Patrick's easel ever since he brought it home.

Kudos to Scott for spying the hair, so tiny in yesterday's photo. I personally think the Bob Ross Fro has nothing on the Paddy Saunders Eyebrows, no disrespect to Bob Ross.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Patrick Saunders Starts Pilgrim Chapel Painting

Patrick Saunders has started a painting of Pilgrim Chapel as a gift to me for our 15th wedding anniversary in October. I can't wait for it to be finished - I have already cleared an entire wall in our bedroom in anticipation! We were married at Pilgrim Chapel on a beautiful October day. The chapel is a magical little place, and the pastors there, Roger and Liz Coleman, are the best people you could ever meet, and have officiated many marriages between them.

Friday, December 6, 2013

California Dreamin' On Such A Winter's Day

When we lived in San Francisco we would take our dogs to Fort Funston every chance we got. It's paradise for dogs and their humans. You just have to watch your step on the beach for things like this. I decided to post this photo today in keeping with my theme right now of denial - it is ridicu-cold here in Kansas City right now - like 14 degrees - and I am chilly even sitting inside at my computer, so I'm just going to keep reviewing and posting warmer times and try to pretend that winter hasn't arrived and is here to stay for awhile.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Warm Memory For A Cold Day

It's cold outside baby! I like looking at summer photos when it gets cold and gray. Here's a Tiger Lily I shot at Powell Gardens, Summer 2012.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lindsey & Curtis Engagement Session

I was lucky to be asked to do an engagement session for Lindsey & Curtis. They are getting married next Christmas at a ski resort in Colorado. It's pure joy to work with wonderful people, and these two are a very special pair. Lindsey is a freelance copywriter and social media expert, and donates a significant amount of her time and talent to helping nonprofits, and her fiancé Curtis is an attorney who does quite a bit of pro bono work. So these two lovebirds are even more beautiful inside than they are out! And I got to capture their love. It was a privilege.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Detail Shots For Maya Yoga

I have to share some of the detail shots I took for the Maya Yoga studio recently ... I love love love shooting details of all kinds! #yoga #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #vinyasayoga

Monday, October 14, 2013

Maya Yoga Instructor Photo Shoots

It was such a pleasure to photograph all of the yogis at Maya Yoga - here are the incredible teachers that Kathleen Kastner and Wade Mortenson have brought to Maya Yoga!   

Friday, October 11, 2013