Since Dahlia's don't grow well in Florida I had some shipped in from Swan Island Dahlia farm in Washington State. A bit of an indulgence I admit, but seeing that crate come off of the Fed Ex truck was pretty exciting. The flowers were looking a bit sad when they arrived, and I was afraid I had made a huge mistake. But I followed the instructions, putting them all in large buckets of water. I went home that night praying they would perk up. The next day I couldn't believe my eyes. They were stunning! The water had done it's job and the Dahlia's looked as though they had been freshly picked, rather than flying 3000 thousand miles the day before. I photographed the Dahlia's over the next three day. The studio looked more like a florist shop than a photography studio. I had lots of fun and the images were stunning. I especially loved them as they started to dry up. I just could't help myself. I kept going and got some really interesting images. Hey it's a rough life but somebody's gotta do it!
The Arctic Circle
In July Susan set on a trip of a lifetime to the Arctic Circle is search of the majestic Polar Bear. Photographing Polar Bears in their natural environment had been a life long dream. Flying out of Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and then boarding a ship and heading North toward the Arctic Circle was just the beginning of an epic adventure. The bears did not disappoint and even a Mom and twin cubs decided to make an early morning appearance.
The Rainy Season in Tanzania
As an artist, there is perhaps no more inspiring place on Earth to visit than Africa. I recently had the opportunity to spend time in Tanzania for the second time. My first visit was in the hot dry summer, this time however was during the rainy season when the landscape is green and lush. The animals are plentiful and babies are everywhere. Photographing the wildlife in the soft luminous light with skies full of thick full storm clouds was a dream come true.
The Trasher Horne Gallery show consisted of forty five pieces in both black and white and color. It was somewhat like the Wizard of Oz in that the smaller Jack Mitchell gallery featured all of the black and white prints then transitioned into the larger Lee Adams gallery where all the color images were being shown. The Trasher Horne is a stunning gallery that features predominately Florida artist. It was an honor to be one of only a few artist to have a show that encompassed both of the galleries. To see the work hanging in such a beautiful space was incredible.
Flowers in Transition
Thrasher Horne Gallery set up
Flowers in Transition
The release of my Fine Art book Flowers in Transition was over a year in the making. With thousands of images photographed, making the final selections was difficult. Leaving so many beautiful images out of the book made me realize this was only the beginning and there would be another book in the near future. So much goes into the production of making a book. Paper choices, detailed information on each flower and the design and layout were just some of the tasks that needed my full attention. Navigating the printing process was a lesson in patience, but the end results was well worth the wait.