Illusion, Louisville, KY 2009
When I captured my first jellyfish portrait many years ago, I believed that I had created something unique. I decided then that this would be an ongoing series entitled FLOW and that I would add images whenever I found myself within a reasonable distance of any aquarium with a jellyfish display. Over the years I honed my skills and adjusted my techniques depending on the lighting and subjects available. As my series increased in size, so did the recognition. Images from FLOW were published internationally in the 2009 Silvershotz Fine Art Journal out of Brisbane and London. They were exhibited in Atlanta’s beautiful and spacious Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery and then in the Atlanta Showcase. Images from the series have been featured in COLOR for Collectors of Fine Photography and juried into a gallery exhibition by Joyce Tenneson, one of the most respected photographers of our time. Prior to closing Camera Obscura Gallery this year after 30 years in Denver, owner Hal Gould chose to display work from the FLOW series on the same walls that routinely exhibited legendary masters such as Sebastião Salgado, Edward Curtis, Jock Sturges, Edward Steichen and Yousuf Karsh, just to name a few. Images from FLOW have appeared on-line as PDN’s Photo of the Day, and went viral when chosen for WordPress’s Freshly Pressed and NotCot.org.
This month, Illusion, from the series, was juried for gallery exhibition (and chosen Best of Category) by Wendy M. Blazier, a published art historian, arts writer, and veteran museum administrator who, since 2001, has served as Senior Curator of the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida http://www.bocamuseum.org. Illusion will be on display at the Artists Haven Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale throughout the month of August http://bit.ly/o25pcn.
It seems that the success of this series has been anything but…an Illusion.