Inspiration and the creative process comes in many shapes and forms. There are many parts involved and it is definitely not a straight line that I follow, many ideas come in short brief aha-moments when I’m present in the moment. It can be a beautiful beam of light or a shiny surface reflection that catches my eye, who creates the most fantastic ideas or inspiration. These are the moments that I collect and sort through before a photography session or start a new series of work.
I have notebooks with text and sketches laying around that I can go back to when I feel I’m running out of ideas or need to reflect over how to move forward with a project.
The images below indicates my love to photograph outdoors in nature. It’s freeing and very relaxed, at times I have to patiently wait for the light or moment to “be just right”. The light is the key for my imagery, how it falls and shapes the object is what creates a photograph.
Every so often there are very little photo editing involved. This is where my vision and the image comes together at the same time as I click the shutter. On the other hand some series need additional work before my original idea is captured. This is when I take a seat in front of my computer to start the second part of the creative process, photo editing.
When I feel it all looks right it is time to select what paper or material to print the photograph on. This is as crucial and important as any of the other parts of my creative process. I love to experiment and try new ways to display my work. The print process can also be a bit tricky as you move from idea, to captured image through the camera, to the computer and finally to ink.
I drove up north to visit friends in Santa Rosa over the weekend and stoped by Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for a hike. It’s gorgeous up here with choices of hikes past waterfalls or to walk up the mountain. Obviously there was no water in the falls this time of the year.. but I can imagine how beautiful it is during early spring. This time I chose to hike up the Bald Mountain walking through fire ravaged landscape with surviving trees. When I finally made it to the top I found the 360˚ view spectacular and as you can see on the photograph below.. at the horizon you can see as far as to San Francisco. An amazing hike and a wonderful state park to visit.
😃 The Hunters Point Shipyard cordially invite you to our 2021 Open Studios!
This year we are over one hundred artists opening our doors to the public. Drop in anytime between 11 am to 6pm and check out your favorite art. If you can’t stop by during this weekend we have created an online storefor you where you can explore our work.
There will be outdoor food vendors and musical entertainment at two destinations. Check out the map in the catalog that’s handed to you when you enter the shipyard, you will find guides to artists and food destinations.
In person again after two years!
October 23 & 24, 2021 11 to 6pm 101 Horne Ave., San Francisco.
I’m super excited to see these photographs being printed and framed! Some of them you will find framed at my open studio (October 23 & 24, 2021) this year, others you can order at my online store later in December.
Last fall I decided to go on a road trip and follow the coast line south California. I camped along the road at campsites that were still open… (remember, we where in this awful shutdown due to Covid-19. Hopefully, we are now on our way out of this epidemic). It was a truly amazing journey, and exactly what I needed! I visited national parks, sat at the beach and hiked mountains. I had a longing to be fully immersed in nature, to reconnect with myself, away from the city. I felt my creative juices started moving and began photographing landscapes that past by as scenery; a new portfolio of work has been born.
Below are 3 photographs that I shot during the trip and edited on the spot. They were all photographed in the mountains of Cerro Alto, California, where it is quiet at night and incredibly beautiful.
Editing and selecting images for print, it is an exciting time as I am preparing for our open studio on October 23 & 24 at the shipyard. 😀 After a year of lockdown we are once more ready to open our doors to the public. We are excited and energized! I am crossing my fingers that covid cases stays low and ‘under control’ so we can keep open up our city and state to the world.
Weekend: October 23 and 24, 2021 at Hunters Point Shipyard NEW Studio! Building 101, Studio 1117