Why hello! How the heck are you? It has been over a year since I have posted anything in my blog. For that, I apologize. 2015 has come and gone. It was an amazing year for me as I took a couple of wonderful trips. The first one was in May to Singapore and Bali. I was in Singapore for 3 days and Bali for 11. Bali was a magical place. The people were the friendliest people I have ever met and the landscapes were a photographer's dream! Some Bali pics are up but I have yet to post any from Singapore. Stay tuned for some soon. Here are a couple of my favorites from Bali. You can check out more in my gallery.
This is called "The Giant." This was taken at a Legong Barong dance performance in Ubud.
This is "Boat Ride in Bedugul." This was part of a ceremony ritual that was taking place when I was there.
I also did a quick trip out to Bodie and Mono Lake in early fall.
For those of you who aren't familiar, Bodie is an old California ghost town located in the Bodie Hills, east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California. Bodie began as a mining camp following the discovery of gold in 1859 and today is an authentic wild west ghost town! It became Bodie State Historical Park in 1962. There are a total of 170 buildings and most of them are filled with objects from that time period. If you ever get the chance to see it, it is definitely worth checking out. Here are a few shots and I just posted a handful in my Bodie / Mono Lake gallery as well.
Mono Lake was amazing! It's a large, shallow saline soda lake that formed at least 760,000 years ago. Since there is no outlet for it, large levels of salt accumulated in it making the lake water alkaline. Back in 1941, the Los Angeles Department of water extended the aqueduct system farther upriver into the Mono Basin. So much water was diverted that evaporation soon exceeded inflow and the surface level of the lake fell rapidly. This resulted in alkaline sands and formerly submerged tufas towers became exposed. These tufas make you feel like you are on another planet, they are so wild! Here are a couple pics and of course I will put more up at a later date.
So that about wraps up 2015. And now we are already in February of 2016. In January, I was in the San Francisco Women Artists show "Colors." My image, "Old Chevy" actually sold last weekend so that made me happy. I'm looking forward to many more shows at SFWA as well as the Art Guild of Pacifica this year. Check my facebook page for the latest show updates and I will try to update my blog here as well. I hope your year is off to a fabulous start!
Wow, it has been a while since I've updated my blog. This year has been flying by! I've been in a few shows since my last update but I wanted to tell you about my solo show happening now at Pacifica Performances. It's called Journeys in Black and White. It includes 20 of my favorite nature and travel images from Spain, Morocco, New Zealand, Mexico and Kauai. All of these images were shot on film and processed by me in the darkroom. (Putting the show together reminds me how much I love and miss printing. I need to take out my "new" Leica M3 I got a while ago and finish that roll of film so I can print some new images!)
A reception was held last Friday, October 17th from 7 to 9pm. There was a great turnout and I was really excited about it! A lot of friends came out to support me and I met many new people as well. It helped that the Art Guild of Pacifica was also holding their reception for their annual Members Show. Since Pacifica Performances and Art Guild are both at the Sanchez Art Center, people just flowed over into my reception after seeing the Members show. I also had one piece in that show as well.
Here are a couple images of me with my artwork before the show, as well as the art alone. The show will be up through December but you can only see the artwork if you are attending one of the weekend concerts at the performance hall. Check out their website - pacificaperformances.org and see what's coming up. They host a variety of musical talent, as well as comedy shows once in a while.
February flew right by. "Ride Me" was juried into the "Joy" show at San Francisco Women Artists Gallery. This was taken in Brooklyn, NY in July 2013 during a horrific heatwave.
The Art Guild of Pacifica is having a "Portraits" show until March 30th. "Rah!" is currently showing there. I took this in the very late 90's at San Francisco's Day of the Dead Parade. This is one of their infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who came up to me and said, as you can probably guess, Rah!
March is National Women's Month and the SFWA always has a "Woman" show in support of it. "Got Cancer" was juried into this show. I think this is a very powerful woman portrait. It was also taken in the late 90's during a San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. The show runs through April 5th so stop by if you can. It is a really great show!
California farmer’s received the worst possible news today.
Federal officials announced that many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive NO irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs in California.
Central Valley farmers received only 20 percent of their normal water allotment last year. Some communities and endangered wildlife that rely on the federal water source will also suffer deep cuts. A third of the countries fruits and vegetables are produced in the Central Valley.
California officials who manage the State Water Project, the state's other major water system, have already said they won't be releasing any water for farmers, marking a first in its 54-year history.
Farmers are leaving half a million acres unplanted.
So let’s do a rain dance people. Rain every day for a solid month would be a nice start.
Last Saturday, Feb. 15th, I went out to Lexington Reservoir and Guadalupe Reservoir in the South Bay. Here are a few pictures of what those reservoirs look like. And this is after we received about 5 days of rain. Mind you, I am photographing the driest parts of the reservoirs. There was still some water left in them, but not much.
Just in case you don't live in California or haven't seen the news in several months, California is in the midst of its worst drought ever recorded.
2013 was California's driest year in recorded history and now, it has been estimated that more than a dozen towns can run out of drinking water in the next 2 months.
Friday brought the announcement that water supplies will be cut off to agencies that supply millions of residences. 25 million Californians will have a significant part of their water supply cut. There will still be drinking water but it will be coming from a different source.
Most of California is in what is considered an "extreme drought" while some parts of central and southern California are in an "exceptional drought" which is the highest designated ranking.
I went out to the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino today to see how much water was there.....there was basically none. It was crazy. I've never seen anything like it. Below are the some of the photos I came away with.
I will be going out to other reservoirs and documenting the drought as it continues. Please do all you can to conserve water. It is so important now.