After the whirlwind of activity leading up to the Light Chasers exhibit at the Castle Community, I’m entering a “recover and refresh” phase of my life. I had an elective surgery recently, and I am on six weeks of leave from work, so it’s a good time to slow down, take stock, and set goals for the next twelve months.
We’re just days away from the reception for the Light Chasers: An Intersection of Science and Art exhibit. I’m grateful to have received some nice publicity in the 507 Magazine. One of my pieces is on the cover, and John Sievers wrote a very nice article that appears inside. Click here to go the article.
With the year 2018 nearly behind us, it’s a good time to look back at our accomplishments. Here are ten highlights of the year:
Last year we brought you the photographic trend that swept the nation, “Your Photo on a Grain of Rice!” This year, we’ve outdone ourselves with our new sensation, “Your Photo on an Egg!”
One of my favorite colors in nature is the yellow of the goldfinch. When we visit Janet’s relatives in Brainerd, we have the chance to see a lot of them at her aunt’s house. She has a couple of feeders that the goldfinches love.
Thanks for supporting the Kickstarter campaign for Light Chaser. Here’s a story that sets the context for the exhibit.
As a light chaser, it helps to plan ahead, as light is an elusive and ever-changing creature. I had been waiting for some months to go out on the weekend of a new moon to create a star trail photo at Kinstone, a favorite hangout of mine in Wisconsin. Each time a weekend would fall near a new moon, my efforts were thwarted by cloudy skies, it seemed. Finally, a clear weekend was forecast so I made the drive from Rochester to Fountain City well after sundown to start my quest.
I am raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign to create printed and mounted photographic works for my first solo art show, entitled, “Light Chaser”, to be held at Gallery 24, an artist collaborative in Rochester, MN. I’m a former chemistry and physics teacher, and my photography is definitely influenced by the understanding of light I gained while studying, and teaching, chemistry and physics. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “The greatest scientists are always artists as well.” For me, there is beauty in the art of photography just as much as there is beauty in the scientific understanding of light and color.
The second port on our recent cruise adventure was the island of Grand Cayman. Again, Janet had been to this island twice before, but it was my first time. By this time in the cruise, we were well out of the range of bad weather, and I was happily chasing the sun at sunrise and sunset. The banner photo above was the sunrise of the day we entered port at Grand Cayman.
Janet and I both enjoy family history research and discovering antique photos. I’m also fascinated by the cameras that may have taken these photos. Recently, a good friend allowed me to adopt a few of her antique cameras. The one featured here is a Zeiss Ikon Maximar bellows camera.