Archive for the ‘inspiration’ Category

the alternate aspects of despair and hope to which mankind is forever subjected

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

despair and hope

“[Robert] Frank once said to me that black and white are the true colors of photography, because they symbolize the alternate aspects of despair and hope to which mankind is forever subjected. I could not agree more.”

–Keith Carter

despair and hope

seize something significant through that act

Monday, January 16th, 2012

“Practicing photography for more than 40 years, I have become aware of how seldom a photograph — a truly successful photograph — is made. How easy it is to click the shutter, and how nearly impossible to seize something significant through that act.” — Abe Frajndlich

NYT piece here.

pretty, pretty things in Portland

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I’m not a big shopper, but I LOVE beautiful designed clothing and jewelry and art. I had the opportunity to visit Tilde shop in Sellwood when Jill Bliss did a tiny show there a few months ago – and fell in love with Debbe Hamada’s curation of lovely home and personal objects. It’s the only store I have ever told my husband “you can buy anything in here as a gift for me, and I am sure to love it.”

Recently, I was charmed to find Debbe had stocked some SkLO jewelry, handmade in Sonoma, California. These necklaces feature glass (!) bulbs and lightweight nautically color knotted string work; the one I picked up is basically the most interesting, yet wearable necklace I have ever seen.

Here’s what Debbe has to say in her newsletter about this work:

skLO We stumbled upon this new jewelry line during our summer travels. These are ‘pieces’ as my grandma would say. Showstoppers. And we think on special occasions you should pull out a showstopper. These particular beauties feature hand blown, clear glass and knotted linen designed by SkLO co-founder, Karen Gilbert. Karen’s work is shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe oft acquired for multiple permanent collections. Her work is rooted in craft with an educational resume that includes metal smithing at the California College of Arts and glassblowing at the Pilchuck Glass School. In shop and available now.

Here’s some more information from Karen Gilbert and SkLO about their current jewelry collection: LINK.


Monday, November 21st, 2011

“The truth is no portrait of substance has people smiling. Look at the history of painting, Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, Sargent, Vermeer, DaVinci, etc., the subjects gaze to the viewer is neutral at best, neither inviting nor forbidding. It is there for the viewer to see and feel. Smiling is like much of American popular culture, superficial and misleading. It is part of our vernacular, but it should be expunged in photographs.”

– Rodney Smith

Anita: maternity

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

maternity portraits

Anita, Ventura California, July 2011
Kodak GC 400 film, Nikon F100 camera, 85mm Zeiss glass

“We’re like two ends of the same string.”

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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For their anniversary, Linda and Charlie wanted to have portraits taken at their favorite place in Oregon, the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. They’re celebrating 29 years!

“We’re like two ends of the same string.”

Rachel’s work has now appeared in The Oregonian

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

My favorite personal work is photographing entrepreneurs and artists. I am inspired and fired up with the enthusiasm, courage, and spunk I see in women business owners across the country. I’ll be photographing some local Portland writers and artists in upcoming months, and can not wait to share!

The Oregonian

In the meantime, I am quite proud to share the news that a little picture of mine appeared in today’s copy of The Oregonian newspaper in an article written by Bridget Otto. I was excited when Trisha Guido asked me to do a quick headshot for her in her store, Relish… now that the image has been used publicly I am even more happy for her – and thankful I can now say my work has appeared in The Oregonian! 🙂 Thank you for sharing the experience, Trisha.


Sunday, February 20th, 2011

There’s something wonderful about the anticipation of a classic childhood moment, like blowing out candles on a huge ridiculous birthday cake.

child's birthday party

Film: Kodak 400NC, converted to BW, handheld

this photo makes me soooo happy.

Monday, November 15th, 2010

bright and cheerful girl

Her mom and dad bought the file for this image, and I hope they print it HUGE and put it up in the office. This is the kind of smile that would brighten up the most gloomy of days!

those beautiful, tragic tears.

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

mother and son portraits

(a few more posted here)