Sunday, March 20, 2011


Power, the ability to do or act. A political or national strength, might or force.
The possession of control or command over others.

Upon reading this definition by Webster's Dictionary, I thought of Henry David Thoreau. Concluding a way to visually represent the word, power, was the old steam trains of the American West. 

Thoreau often wrote about this subject and this vast symbolism in our culture. His description in Walden's Pond from Sounds and Solitude best fits the complex dialogue he felt between our landscape and the evolving society.

In this section he says, "This whistle of the locomotive penetrates my woods summer and winter, sounding like the scream of a hawk sailing over some farmer's yard...Here come your groceries, country; your rations, countrymen! Nor is There any man so independent on his farm that he can say no." and continues on to say that, " if this traveling demigod, this cloud-compeller, would ere long take the sunset sky for the livery of his train; when I hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thunder, shaking the earth with his feet, and breathing fire and smoke from his nostrils, it seems as if the earth had got a race worthy to inhabit it."

Monday, March 7, 2011

Concept Blog - ENERGY

Energizing an electrical circuit with current is to produce the capacity to do work.
Our everyday lives are bountiful with sources of energy; both the natural and the created.
Humans have set ourselves apart, in part because of our ability to hone energy and it's power for our own needs.

Concept Blog - RICH

To be rich in color or to vibrant, strong and deeply saturated with color. Orange is an intense and vivid color associated in the Elizabethan Era as a status of wealth. Enforced by the Sumptuary Laws that only the rich or the affluent upper class were allowed to wear the color orange. Very costly at the time to dye any fabrics but especially the color orange as it was a combination of colors and technique to achieve the brilliant, rich and dramatic color orange.

Concept Blog - LOVE

According to Webster's Dictionary "love" is a noun meaning to have 'a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person', I agree. However that definition offers no balance, no yin and yang. To me love is also rough, discordant, sometimes uncivilized and can be scathing in the heat of rebuttal arguments. Love is devotion and love can hurt.  

Concept Blog - TEXTURE

Abstract design and implied texture that the human form can create when conforming itself into juxtaposed positions. Organic lines outline the textural surface and suggested tactile feel of the body, revealing the potential essence of who this may be.

Concept Blog - MOTION

A sweeping movement, an expansion that advances horizontally and progresses vertically towards an ambiguous horizon. A motion that lends itself to a perceptual variation of gestures and individual creations of our imagination.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Upcoming Photography Competitions - 2011

Photo District News (PDN) Magazine Competition -
Deadline - May 10, 2011
Winners will be selected on or around May 30, 2011

PDN is hosting a portrait photography competition with the theme of 'Faces' for 2011. The contest will be broken down into 4 different subcategories of: 


and will be judged by a panel of Photo District News experts in a 2 session round format       
focusing on the creativity of your concept, sense of place and capturing the moment.
All winners will be printed in the August 2011 issue of PDN magazine & in an online gallery.
For more information on the awesome prizes given away for place in the top 3 in each category go to

$20 for students to enter per image!
$35 otherwise per image.

EPSON International Photographic PANO Awards -
Deadline - April 15, 2011

This is the second PANO awards that is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. Showcasing the new explosion of software stitching technology offered to panorama creators but also hoping to highlight that film is still alive and well.

2 different categories of:

            OPEN AWARDS:   
                 This is open to professionals, non-professional/amateurs and student
                 The subcategories are either/or: 
                        Nature (including landscapes)
                        The Built Environment (including architecture)
                 The entry fee is:
                         $18 for one image
                         $32 for two images
                         $42 for three images
                         $48 for four images
                         $10 for any additional images
            AMATEUR AWARDS:
                 This is open to non-professional and student photographers only. 
                 The subcategories are either/or:
                         Nature (including landscapes)
                         The Built Environment (including architecture) 
                  The entry fee is:
                          $16 for one image
                          $28 for two images
                          $36 for three images
                          $40 for four images
                          $8 for any additional images

With AMAZING prizes given away for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in both categories!! Check out for more details!!

Shutter Photo Anniversary Magazine Competition -
Deadline - March 18, 2011

Shutter Photo Magazine is sponsoring a competition with the strict theme of 'Black & White' and are only excepting entries that are considered to be true black & white imagery. 
However, the subject matter is entirely up to the composer but they ask please no nudity.
It is a free photo competition to enter but they ask that there be only 1 image submitted by an individual.
Interesting prizes and publications - check it out at