Aaron Huey

November 20, 2010

I now have TED on my igoogle page.  Today, Aaron Huey bubbled up to the top.  I watched his 15 minute lecture, accompanied by slides of his photographs:

Then, I looked up his website.  Wow.


Painting with Light

November 17, 2010

I learned about Pecha-kucha from a co-worker who attended a presentation about the technique at the NAAEE conference in October 2010 in Buffalo.  The concept is simple:  say what you need to say in 20 slides X 20 seconds per slide.

During last night’s ECI831 class, Stephen Downes mentioned Pecha-kucha and one of the spooglers (speed-googlers) posted the link.  http://www.pecha-kucha.org.  This morning, I went there and randomly selected the following presentation:

(Click to go to the presentation.)

The voice isn’t always synched with the slides.  Sometimes he will be speaking about a slide that you can’t see yet.  But it doesn’t matter.  The work is stunning.

Here’s his blog:

(Click to go to his blog.)

Earth From Above

September 23, 2010

I just learned of a photographer:  Yann Arthus-Bertrand.  Here’s a picture of him.  Click on it to go to a site where you can see some of his amazing photos:

Still Learning

August 21, 2010

Accidentally ran across an article in Orion Magazine (and old edition – July-August 2007 ) by David Abram about photographer Matthew Chase-Daniel.  Chase-Daniels makes what he calls “photoassemblages.”

Click this image to go to Matthew Chase-Daniel's Site

His work reminds me of the work by Masumi Hayashi that Mark showed us in class, but it resonates more with me because of the subject matter…

Here is the link to David Abram’s article, courtesy of Matthew.  (Thanks Matthew!)  Click –> here.

Student Art Show

March 24, 2010

35th Annual Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition on view:
April 23, 2010 through May 7, 2010

Submissions are due April 12-14. Here’s what I’m considering submitting. I can only submit 10. Vote for the one you think I should eliminate!

: Autumn Leaves
Format: 3 6X6 inch photos matted as one piece
outside dimensions 11X30.




: Reflections in a Beaver Pond
Format: Photo 6X6 inches, matted to 8X10

reflections in a beaver pond

: A Lamp
Format: Photo 12X15 inches, matted to 16X20

Lamp on Wall of Church
(I had to crop a bit off the bottom of this to make it fit the mat/frame sizes that I wanted.)

: Fruit Basket
Format: Photo 12X15 inches, matted to 16X20

Fruit Basket (1 of 3)

: Common Milkweed
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20

Milkweed Seeds

: Blueflag Iris
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20

Blue Flag Iris

: Alder (as reflected in a pond)
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20

Alder Leaves Reflected in the Pond

: Choose
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20


: Oak Leaf in the Spillway
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20


: Puffball
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20


: Surface of the Pond at 32 Degrees Fahrenheit
Format: Photo 10.5X16 inches, matted to 16X20


What I’ve Learned…

December 18, 2009

  • It really IS useful to know some of the history of your medium…  and to study the work of other photographers… past and present.
  • I’m not afraid to put the camera on “manual” anymore.  I still need to learn a bunch more and practice a bunch more… But I’m not afraid!  (OK, “afraid” may be too strong a term.)
  • I work best when I let the images themselves suggest a project, rather than deciding on a project and trying to force myself to take “those” pictures.
  • You don’t need the most expensive, best glass to make effective images.
  • It’s getting less scary to photograph people (and let them photograph me).
  • Related:  there are other subjects besides nature.  Who knew?
  • It’s kind of fun to work in black and white…

Many thanks, Mark Kirsch, our instructor, for all you brought to class.  I got what I was looking for, and oh so much more.  Many thanks also to my classmates, from whom I learned a great deal, too.


December 12, 2009


December 8, 2009







For Scott:

Here’s a photo taken by Dave Cooney’s son with his new camera.

The camera: Canon SX 20 IS, 12.3 MP and 20x zoom

Class Notes

December 7, 2009

Tonight, Mark introduced us to the work of Milton Rogovin, a native of and current resident of Buffalo, NY who will celebrate his 100th birthday at the end of this month.

We saw samples of his work, a video segment from the Morning Show with Charles Kuralt, and other video clips from the Rogovin website.

Here are two from his “Working People” portfolio, in which he photographed folks at work, then at home.

Amherst_009a Milton Rogovin

Amherst_010 Milton Rogovin

There is an exhibit currently on display at the Burchfield-Penney Gallery in Buffalo through January 3, 2010. For more information, click –> here.

Also remarkable was the poetry Rogovin has written about some of his photos. Click –> here.

Happy Birthday, Milton! And thank you for your inspiring body of work.