Visual Narratives, Work in Progress

The work below is from the body of work, “Digital Narrative,” a series of images that combine domestic imagery, still life, social environments and nature in landscape form.  The works are predominately panoramic constructions that borrow ideas from numerous sources.  These images are placed here edited from the most current work as I make them.  Exhibiting the images in this way gives a clearer sense about my working process and the way in which I move from theme to theme.  It is difficult to exhibit work in this way because of the many shifts from theme to theme, but this is the way I work and how I am looking at the images in my studio or on the computer.  I try to add new work every week.  This is not always possible but I want the work to change regularly as close to real time as possible.  This blog is the result of wanting to look at works as they are made rather than when printed or exhibited.

I like to think of these images as photographic drawings, often quick assemblages posing question about the interface between people and nature, people and environment or people and people and daily life.

 

Working Proofs:

 

Broken Bodies, Legion of Honor, San Francisco May

 

Nevada City Brunch in May

As is evident looking through the work as it is posted one of the primary subject interests is domestic home life.  This is a late brunch this past weekend in Nevada City.

 

Studio Landscape Improvisation

All of my printing is done in the studio at UCSC.  The studio also provides space to work on still life ideas, integrating them with my interest in landscape concerns.

 

Senior Home Recital Bouquets, Grass Valley, May

I have photographed at recitals in Grass Valley before on several occasions, but haven’t  been very interested in the outcome before.  My grandsons take singing lessons and perform at these events.  A good percentage of my photography is in similar situations, family events, domestic living situations or working in very familiar surroundings.

 

Mattresses at Landfill

 

 

Berkeley Hills

From a walk on the San Francisco Bay Trail in April 2016.  This has a similar feel to the earlier image, Bay Architecture that you can see if you scroll down a bit.

 

Highway 41 at Highway 5

This construction was made from images made during a trip to the Mojave Desert with a class from UC Santa Cruz.  Some of the most important images that I make are on the way to destinations.  This is a site that I have done a lot of shooting.  It is a consistent rest stop on the way south.  April/May 2016

 

Tree and Figure Landscape

This is a more experimental piece.  The individual images were taken in a variety of places, Santa Cruz, Nevada City and at home.

 

Waiting for the Parade, San Francisco

 

 

Bag, Cup, Phone, San Francisco

 

 

TV Desert Landscape

 

 

Orange VW, Grass Valley Car Show

 

 

McLaughlin Poem

 

 

Winter Objects

 

 

Painting Landscape

 

 

Crossing Nevada

 

 

Roadside Businesses

 

 

Lake Almanor, California

 

 

Big Creek, Big Sur Coast

 

Headless Dog, San Francisco Bay

 

 

San Francisco Bay Architecture

 

San Francisco Bay From San Mateo Bridge

 

 

Painter on the Colorado River

 

 

Tool Shed, Santa Cruz

 

 

San Francisco Bay, Dumbarton Bridge

 

 

Broken Cups in a Lizards Back Yard

 

 

Love This Tree

 

 

DQ In The Desert

 

 

 

From Sweeney Granite Mountain Research Center

 

 

 

Coconut, Cookies, Peanut Butter and Pineapple

 

 

 

Bra, Fence and Mountain

 

 

Banana Peel

 

 

Revisiting the 70′s

 

 

Pink, Mostly San Francisco

 

 

Tools and Storage

 

 

Tinned Milk and Teapot

 

 

Snake Habitate

 

 

No One Belongs Here More Than You

 

 

Camelback Mountain

 

 

                                                                                 Flying over Camelback, Phoenix

 

 

Tug and Ship in San Francisco Bay

 

 

Stage, Barefoot in the Park

 

 

Totems, Spring Training

 

 

Improvisation Series, Red Horse, Independence, California

 

 

Improvisation Series, Black, Red and White

 

 

Fire, Flower and Clouds, Nevada City, California

 

 

Headless Figures

 

 

McLaughlin Reserve Pond

 

 

Experimental Film Showing, San Francisco

 

 

Taylorsville Museum

 

 

Independence, California

 

 

Ants on Rocks, Big Creek Reserve

 

 

Davis Reservoir, McLaughlin Reserve

 

 

MARCH 2015

 

Black Birds, McLaughlin Reserve

 

 

Four Views of a Rock, Big Creek Reserve

 

 

Improvisation #2

 

 

House Finch and Turkey Vultures

 

 

Lizard in Sand

 

 

Steamers Lane, Santa Cruz, Ca.

 

 

Improvisation #1

 

 

Blooming Cholla, Mojave Desert Reserve

 

 

 

Taylorsville Cemetery

 

 

 

Big Sur, Highlands Camp

 

 

Man in Boat, Big Sur Coast

 

 

 

Fuzzy Figure, Birds in San Lorenzo River

 

 

Purple Flower, San Lorenzo River, Santa Crua

 

 

Flag City

 

 

Train, Highway 80, Near Reno

 

 

9th Avenue and Irving, San Francisco, California

 

 

Golfballs and Biscuits

 

 

Ocotillo, Joshua Tree National Park

 

 

Shopping Cart Landscape, Barstow, California

 

 

                                                       

Norman Rockwell and Persimmons, Studio, December

 This piece is likely to be associated with a group of landscapes that are related to a spatial poem by Yosa Buson 1716 – 1784.

 

A mountain ant

on a white peony

out in the open

 

                                             Blooming Cholla, Mojave, Desert

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Backward Clock, Santa Cruz, Christmas Eve

 

 

Studio Still Life, Persimmon on Floor, December

 

 

Studio Still Life, Santa Cruz, December

 

 


Ball, Rabbit, Jay, Santa Cruz, CA

 

 


Tiny Tim’s Christmas, Nevada City

 

 

Four Men Walking, San Diego

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Rock in Road, Westwood, CA September

 

 


Metal Trees, Westwood, California

 

 

Cinderella, Grass Valley CA November 2014Cinderella, Grass Valley, CA, November 2014

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Haunted HouseHaunted House

 

 

Cinderella, Grass Valley CA November 2014Cinderella, Grass Valley, CA, November 2014

 

 

Cinderella, Grass Valley, CA, November 2014Cinderella, Grass Valley, CA, November 2014

 

 

Prelinger Library, San Francisco
Prelinger Library, San Francisco

 

 

Music Recital Reception, Half Moon BayMusic Recital Reception, Half Moon Bay

 

 

Hummingbird in Grass, 29 Palms, CA, June 2014
Hummingbird in Grass, 29 Palms, CA, June 2014

 

 

Girl Walking Dog, July 2014
Girl Walking Dog, July 2014

 

 

Yucca, Mojave Desert, August 2014
Yucca, Mojave Desert, August 2014