Photographers today have some amazing tools available to them in the digital darkroom! The ability to to produce either a color or black and white image from a digital file today gives the photographer great control and allows vision, experimentation and choice in bringing the final image to life as a fine print. I recently started using Silver Efex Pro, a photo shop plug-in from Nik Software, and for someone who originally did B&W burning,dodging, and toning in the chemical darkroom , the control over the image that this digital tool allows is is amazing. As an example I present a macro image of Broadleaf Chasmanthium, a grass species I photographed this Summer in Oklahoma. Although I do really like the color image, I believe the B&W version is a bit more “artistic” and has its own unique beauty. As an artist I find it very liberating to have such tools available to me as I pursue my creative vision to capture the beauty the natural world.
My image Dawn Flight is being shown in the “Go With the Flow” juried exhibit at the Art Matters Gallery in Salida Colorado from Nov 4 through Dec 30. The opening will be Saturday Nov. 14, from 2-6 PM, which I will be attending.
I am very pleased to announce that two of my photographs have been juried into the Kansas Park Trust -2009 Visions of the Flint Hills: Preserving the Tallgrass Prairie Art Exhibit and Sale. The show will be held at the Buttonwood Art Space in Kansas City, MO from Oct 2 to December 5, 2009. The two images are Kansas Summer Prairie Sunrise and Kansas Winter Prairie. I will be present at the opening on Oct 2.
During the Month of September I will be having a show at Gallery NRC in the Tennyson Arts District of Denver, Colorado. The opening will be Friday September 4 as part of the First Friday Art Walk. The gallery is located at 4424 Tennyson Street in Denver, and I will be present from 5:00-10:00 PM to greet and discuss my work with you. I will have about 15 prints displayed including some of my new work from this Summer’s travels.
I will be the featured artist along with sculptor Ruth Burink at the Winter-Helmich Gallery in Monument Colorado for the next month. The show opening will be this Thursday August 20 as part of the Monument Art Hop held every third Thursday in June-September. Ruth and I will be present from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to greet and discuss our art with you. The gallery is located at 47 Third Street, in Monument Colorado.
Chico Basin Summer Clouds ©Stephen Weaver
I have recently been notified of my work being accepted into two upcoming exhibitions, The Black and White Exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins Colorado, and The Fine Arts Exhibition at the Colorado State Fair. I am particularly pleased about the Black and White Show selection as my image Chico Basin Summer Clouds was one of 51 images selected from 2200 entries.The Black and White Exhibition will be showing from August 28- September 16
Two images, Crestone Peaks and Sand Dunes, and Iris Meadow Sunset were selected for the State Fair, which runs from August 27-September 7. I will be attending the opening reception on August 27 from 5-8PM
In 2004 I participated in a unique photography project which became known as A Year in the Life of a Camera. Basically what this project entailed was one camera, a Canon AE-1 35mm film camera, being provided to one photographer to use for one week to photograph anything that photographer was interested in with the only rule being that the photographs would be Black and White! Fifty-two photographers participated resulting in images made over a complete calendar year. Each photographer submitted 3 images and we all got together to pick one from each participant. These 52 images became the Year in the Life of a Camera Exhibit. The exhibit has been shown in several venues and for the next month will be shown in Colorado Springs Colorado at Heebee Jeebees located at 318 E. Colorado Ave. The opening reception will be August 7, 2009.
KRCC’s The Big Something has a great slide show and interview with my friend and one of the main organizers,Heather Oelklaus about the show here: