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Please visit Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, this Saturday, March 14 for a last chance to view photographs from the 2014 Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers Program.

I will be there with my work from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.!

PORTFOLIO WALK:
2014 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers

Saturday, March 14, 12:002:00 PM

General public welcome; admission is free.

Last chance to view work and meet more than 30 photographers who have been
featured in the Drawers this past year. A new cohort of artists’ work arrives in
April for Portland Photo Month, so don’t miss the chance to purchase an original
print to add your collection.
 
Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts
122 NW 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
blueskygallery.org

 

Chicken

Kerry Rowand
I have been beating myself up a bit lately when it comes to photography. Having somehow convinced myself that I should have a project or destination in mind before setting out with my camera, I have been shooting less. And frustrated when shots don’t add up to a cohesive body of work.

While ‘lack of time’ is usually blamed for photographing less, in this case it’s wrestling out of my current state of mind. And back into one open to creative experimentation. Unafraid to “wander down a few dark alleys,” as I was reminded by a fellow photographer today.

Overlooked in Portland

Kerry Rowand

The Curse of Success

Kerry Rowand

Kerry Rowand

Kerry Rowand

In college, I went to hear Billy Joel lecture to an audience of music students. When asked about “Piano Man,” he confided that when performing the song for the umpteenth time, his mind will often drift to the mundane, like what he’s going to eat after the show.

While the strength of the piece may remain, repetition can tire both the artist and audience. Not to mention imitation.

Just sayin’, Portland.

Overlooked in Portland

Kerry Rowand

. . . sometimes just enough to tell the story.
(in this case, a New Year’s makeover for a deserving shelter dog — Buddy Boy from Family Dogs New Life, courtesy of Amber at Bow Wow Grooming)
Buddy Boy FDNL

Surrender

Kerry Rowand
This weekend I went ‘full Portland’; I planted trees.
(no, not these)

Early Saturday, in the pouring rain, crews of cheerful volunteers planted nearly 300 trees. Not out of obligation, but from a genuine desire to help their neighbors and improve the environment.

I am not gifted when it comes to gardening. But as I gaze out at my new street tree, I feel oddly confident knowing that he has the support of a community behind him.

. . . yet

Kerry Rowand

Kerry Rowand

Happy Holidays

Kerry Rowand

Relics

Kerry Rowand
Maybe I’ve just watched too many Sci Fi movies, but I can’t help but wonder if one day soon it will be humans – not machines – obsolete, on the curb. . .

Kerry Rowand

‘Tis the season

Kerry Rowand
Diner Christmas Tree, Villas, New Jersey

The nut house

It was nice to catch up with family this week. . . Happy Thanksgiving!

Kerry Rowand

Overlooked in Portland

Kerry Rowand

Penny for your thoughts?

Kerry Rowand

Time and Space

Along with a few other folks, my husband and I watched the TV series Breaking Bad. We found ourselves driving cross country the week of the finale. In the days leading up to it, we were blissfully free from media; no spoilers, no critiques, no talk of upcoming spin-offs.

It is rare these days to be alone with your thoughts. To have time to anticipate and reflect, and to gather ideas before feeling pressured to produce content.

Last weekend I went camping for the first time since childhood. (True we stayed in cabins with heat and electricity, but camping nonetheless). When I returned home I took time to edit my photographs. To separate the (hopefully) successful images from those that merely captured a nice element or memory.

And while 99% hit the cutting room floor (or hard drive, as the case may be), I take to heart Ansel Adams‘ quote that “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

Kerry Rowand

Kerry Rowand

Kerry Rowand

Overlooked in Portland

Happy Halloween. . .
Kerry Rowand

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