As Fall’s last whispers give way to Winter’s icy breath, I thought I’d share some photos I took one Sunday afternoon in the backyard of my humble home. This first Fall season in my house was full of warm sunny days, lots of trick-or-treaters, and a family of feral calico kittens that inhabited the yard for a few weeks.
On Halloween I had the day off so my best friend and I did what we loved to do, visit a bookstore. The king of them all is John King Books in Detroit. It is four stories of used books in every genre and topic anyone could ask or look for. The hand written sign and attentive staff make this place so special. In a world of shiny isles at discount stores, or super fast internet shopping, a this place brings you back to earth, to feeling, to exploring, to reading.
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The Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan announces an art exhibit featuring photographs from 8 accomplished women photographers. “Through the Lens” opens on October 7, 2016 with an artist’s reception from 5-7pm, and closes on October 29, 2016.
“Through the Lens” is a collaborative effort of 8 women photographers having different points of view, and coming from different backgrounds, and all delivering work with impact.
“The show has 8 talented women photographers offering their view of what is seen when working with the camera,” said Sylvia ford, photographer, featured artist, and curator of the show. “No two are alike. The show will deliver diversity.”
The artists featured in “Through the Lens” are Amy Lockard, Lucinda Huff, Georgette Heron-Willoughby, Karen Hofmann, Linda Sorensen, Marcia Fowler, Wendy Wernet, and Sylvia Ford.
Hailing from all over Michigan, and Ohio, work from these women photographers has been recognized by and exhibited in Nature Photographer Magazine, Pure Michigan, The Rivers Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, The Scarab Club in Detroit, the Padzieski Art Gallery in Dearborn, MICA, and Women in Photography International,, as well as newspapers and magazines throughout Michigan.
The photographs range in styles from nature and urban landscape photography, to macro photography, infrared photography, black and white and color.
“Often not considered part of the arts, we plan to show our viewers that photography has its own language and its rightful place in the world of art. “ said Ford.
On October 22 , several photographers featured in the show will also be holding an afternoon of photography lectures on subjects including running a photography business, infrared photography, matting and framing photographs, and camera basics. The lectures are free and open to the public, and offer an opportunity to ask questions of the photographers.
I am at home sick today nursing a winter post-holiday cold. As a form of mental therapy I am thinking about the winter in Arizona, dry, cool, and sunny, with puffy clouds. Last winter, I visited Arizona for a week’s vacation through the Saguaro National Forest and Sabino Canyon. I brought along an infrared camera to emphasize the contrasts in the desert. I think it helped capture the otherworldlyness of the Saguaro Cacti. several of these images were exhibited recently at the Plymouth Cultural Center in the group show Different Perspectives, in which I was honored to participate in. Hopefully in the future I will have more opportunities to exhibit these images in galleries. On days like today when I’m feeling cold and sick, I use my photography as a mental escapes, a portal to day dreams of other lands.
It was a brisk and sunny Fall afternoon in Michigan today and I took a trip to Blake’s Cider Mill in Armada with a friend to sample their new hard ciders. The Lions game was on the TV, and the atmosphere of the cider room was busy and fun. The new tasting room is fantastic addition to the quality establishment that Blake’s. I was really impressed by the attention to details of the decor, the music, food, and that the hard cider was DELICIOUS. Cheers!