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



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



Rock in Road, Westwood, CA September



Metal Trees, Westwood, California



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



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