“Too soon.” – Dinosaurs

So the Dallas ABC News affiliate, WFAA, shared my recent shot of the T-rex statue (from Dinosaur Valley State Park) and comet neowise on their social media. 🤩

The Tyrannosaurus statue is one of the iconic Sinclair Dinoland 1964 New York World’s Fair dinosaur statues (designed by Louis Paul Jonas) 🦕🦖 that can be found at the Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.

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Source Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDM7ZTHBFLW/

The photo was taken the nite of July 20, 2020.
WFAA shared the post on July 28, 2020.

COVID-19

And like dominoes my entire spring is falling to the wayside of COVID-19, photography workshops, planned business trips and photo outings so I could have more content to sell and use for exhibitions is gone. The loss of that is so hard to quantify, as that is tied into the creation aspect of my art.

What is much easier to quantify is the loss of income I’ll experience from the cancelled art festivals where I was planning to vend. It will hurt, but I can weather it.

But as much as this is an inconvenience, as much as it may have financial impact, at the end of the day this is about the health of our community. These measures are about slowing the progression of the disease so we do not overwhelm our medical institutions, and about trying to protect those who would be most vulnerable to exposure. I support those efforts.

I’ve gone ahead and removed mention to all of the various festivals and exhibitions that have been cancelled this Spring from my website that I was to vend and attend at.

Join me at the MATH IS FUN art reception

Join me and many other local artists for the reception for the latest show “Math is Fun” this Saturday, February 29 from 7pm-10pm at Central Arts of Hurst located at
362 E Pipeline Rd. I have some of my astrophotography works hanging in the show, but I’ll also have a variety of prints available for sale too. If you can’t make it out, the work will remain on exhibit through March.

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As a photographer trying to capture the Milky Way, there is a mathematical formula (the NPF rule) that helps us calculate what our long exposure should be based on our gear set-up: (35 x aperture + 30 x pixel pitch) ÷ focal length = shutter speed in seconds. The trick with astrophotography is understanding that just as our planet has a daily rotation, and rotates around the sun, that our solar system is in movement as well as our galaxy and all the celestial bodies in between. This means that while you need long exposure to catch such faint and distant light at night, you only have so many seconds before the camera tracks the movement of the celestial bodies. Generally speaking for milky way shots I shot at less than 15 seconds, but star trails can go for hours.

 

 

 

Thanks for coming out to the IGKooAS Reception

My first show of the year was a great success. Not only was there a great turn out supporting all the artists in the IGKooAS exhibition, but I sold some work too. Thank you for your support! If you missed joining us for the reception, the work will be on display through mid February at Central Arts of Hurst in the Bellaire Shopping Center located at 362 E Pipeline Rd in Hurst, Texas.

 

 

Join me for the IGKooAS Art Reception at Central Arts of Hurst

You can see my piece “Fire, Dance With Me” (and a few others) hanging in the exhibition that opens this Saturday January 18 from 7pm-10pm at Central Arts of Hurst located at 362 E. Pipeline (in the Bellaire Shopping Center)!

Be sure to find me at the reception and ask me how I got the shot, was the model really a girl on fire? 🔥🔥🔥

 

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For details about the Art Show and Reception, click here.

Gordon Parks – “The New Tide” at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Gordon Parks’ career spanned decades, the Amon Carter Museum currently has an exhibition, The New Tide representing his early works from 1940-1950, closing December 29, 2019. Parks is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century, who was not only remarkable for his photographic eye, but in his innate ability to tell a narrative. He was a groundbreaking photographer because he managed to cross the racial divide and pave the way for the minority photographers who would follow in his steps. He became the first African American photographer on staff at LIFE magazine, and also published work in Ebony magazine. His corpus of work covers fashion photography, Harlem, key influential figures and celebrities, the industrial war complex, and the civil rights movement presented with a bold and thoughtful look at community, inequality and poverty.

The entire exhibit was truly wonderful, but here are a few of the works that specifically stood out to me.

 

 

One of his most iconic photographs, is of Ella Watson, the Washington DC government charwoman, depicted standing in front of the American flag with a broom and mop in either hand as an allusion to Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting. This photo was the cover on Ebony magazine after the first American independence Day during World War II. Parks was not only ‘speaking’ to the hundreds of magazines that in a strike of patriotism had plastered their front covers with ‘Old Glory’ but he seized the moment to also speak to the inequality still present in America. The photo becomes a commentary on the times and demonstrates the artists thoughtful capability at creating a visual narrative.

Join me at Keller Art Walk: Nov 16, 9am-5pm

I’ll be at the Keller Art Walk tomorrow (Saturday, November 16th from 9am-5pm), in Old Town Keller. My booth (Number 44, circled on the map) is located in front of the Seven Mile Cafe. I’ll be debuting for sale new photographic works, and also bringing some of my older work too. The festival is free to attend, with free parking, and features Live Music 👨‍🎤 and a variety of local Artisans🖼

For festival info visit: https://www.cityofkeller.com/…/art-shows-ev…/keller-art-walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postcards from NY’s Hudson Valley on Display near Sydney, Australia

I’m proud to have photographic work in the Postcards from New York’s Hudson Valley. The exhibition opened at the NEA Exhibition Gallery in Benalla, Australia during June and July 2019. The exhibit features twenty-eight artists with ties to New York’s Hudson Valley (about 60-70 miles north of New York City along the Hudson River) to make postcard-sized (6×8 inches) artwork on paper, cardstock, or unstretched canvas encompassing oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as photography, mixed media, collage art and woodcuts. In November, the exhibit traveled on to Elizabeth Atkin’s White Waratah Workshop Studio in Balmoral Village, New South Wales to be displayed for the first two weekend’s in November, during the region’s annual Art Studio Trail featuring 46 studios and galleries.

Here’s some photos of the exhibition on display at it’s latest, temporary, stop.

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