Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Florida Everglades, 2013
E.Y. Harburg wrote the lyrics sung by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz.”Somewhere over the rainbow..Way up high. And the dreams that you dreamed of…Once in a lullaby”
I wonder if this is what he was writing about. (Graduated Neutral Density Filter/Tripod for the photographers).
Now, if I could only get out there and catch some more of them…or at least find that Pot of Gold at the end of it.
Old Lion, 2009 King of Beasts, 2008
With the illegal killing of a beloved protected Lion (Cecil) this week in Africa, I was moved to post two of my favorite Lion portraits from my Series: Of the Wild. The younger male on the right might not have the wisdom of the older one on the left, but the distinct scar on his nose indicates he has been around.
Either way, the beauty and majesty of these creatures cannot be denied and they should be cherished for all those that will come after us to enjoy them…(at a safe distance).
For some great TV fiction on the relationship between humans and animals, watch James Patterson’s ZOO each week on CBS. http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_zoo.php#.Vb6mKvlViko
From the Series: IN THE WILD
Recently, two of my dear friends suffered a personal loss. As many cat and/or dog lovers can attest, their pets clearly become part of their families. They live with them and provide love and companionship, often for many years. Hence, when one is lost, it is as if part of the family is gone.
My Series: OF THE WILD, is known to feature intimate close-up portraits of animals that are from the wild, but now in some type of captivity. A couple of years back, I recognized the beauty of many of the cats living in some of the nature areas in South Florida and began the Series: IN THE WILD, featuring animals that were originally domesticated, but were now living wild. As in all my animal portraits, other than jellyfish, I try to capture the eyes, as windows to the soul.
Having become aware of my friends recent loss of one of their special feline friends, I dedicate this post to the love and companionship they shared… For Fred and Deb.
Rare Break, Lavender Sunset, Deerfield Beach 2014
In a rare, medically induced break from my current madness, I made it to the Sea one day last year at sunset. As luck would have it, just after the sun set, the clouds took on their nightly orange glow inside a pastel lavender sky.
The message I took from that last light was that although it was one of the last Seascapes I have created as of late…I will do whatever I can to make sure it is not the last…that I will create.
Light Up the Sky, Independence Day, Sunrise, FL 2014
Not having been creating much new work lately, I re-post this image from last year with a more specific explanation of how it was made.
Using a tripod and opening and closing the camera shutter, I caught various single July 4th Fireworks bursts as the rockets took off and exploded. This Composite image was created in post production from six or more different sets of explosions from the same overall display, but captured minutes apart..
The colored lines on the bottom of the image are the streaking headlights of vehicles driving by the celebration.
Here’s looking forward to more independence (for me) to shoot…some day soon.
Downward Spiral, Chicago 2006
Creating iconic images of the ethereal beauty found on Earth, I consciously avoid negativity in my work (there is plenty of that to be found elsewhere in Fine Art Photography).
Notwithstanding the content of my images, Blog Posts are often motivated by the author’s state of mind at the time. Personally, I have been dealing with some serious health issues for a while and therefore have been reaching into my (extensive) archives for images to post rather than creating much new work.
That fact has brought me to the title of one of the first two jellyfish portraits that eventually resulted in my popular series: FLOW. Although I feel that I have been in a Downward Spiral during this process, I will, as always, fight the good fight in the hopes of coming back out into the light, and continuing to create work that inspires. Here’s hoping for the turn around…