A professor of mine, Bob Barry, had gotten an image accepted in the show at the Center for Photographic Arts, so I drove up once again to Carmel. At the opening, I met many people and even met Robb Johnson and his wife Dale Johnson. Dale has some amazing images, shot with a Holga lens over her DSLR. They are very reminiscent of Pictorialism with their soft quality. I had a stimulating conversation with one of the other photographers about an image I enjoyed. She challenged me to tell her why I like it so much, it was a great conversation. All in all, a very awesome experience.
I drove up to Carmel to meet Michael Kenna at his book signing at the Weston Gallery. I had him sign Mont St. Michel and Immagini del Settimo Giorno. He was such a kind and pleasant man. I have been in love with his imagery for years and to meet the man whose images can evoke such emotion in me was priceless.
I can only be brief at the moment but let me just say that I am completely satisfied with the Carmel trip. Here's an overview.
Drove up leisurely stopping in Carpenteria (collected sand/shells/people watched on the beach) super relaxing.
Stopped in at the Santa Barbara mission to photograph and Deb met me there. That mission is gorgeous. It was my first time inside it on the tour.
Stayed the night in Pismo Beach. Ate Sushi, which was amazing. I'll be going back there for sure.
Got up early the next morning to shoot at Grover beach. We spent the entire morning there and it was magical. The light was beautiful; I couldn't put the camera down.
Next, stopped further up the 101 at the San Miguel Mission. Photographed a little there. Made friends with a little kid who had a disposable camera. He kept smiling at me so I showed him my camera. He was probably around 9 years old.
We got to Carmel midday and hung out at the cottage, then went out to watch and photograph the sunset at Carmel beach(incredible). Ate dinner at a Mexican food place in town with the whole gang.
First day out, we got up early to shoot at Point Lobos. I've been there before but it was lovely out and the waves were insane and made for some beautiful and active shots. I stayed on Weston Beach the entire morning.
First photographer we saw was Kim Weston. He and his wife, Gina, were kind enough to let us into their home. I could not believe I was standing in Edward Weston's home. Seriously, who gets to do that?! Not many people I bet. It was awesome. He showed us original Weston prints and I was so elated all I could to was smile. I forgot to take notes but I do remember that Kim said simplicity is key. He also said, "If you don't know your craft, you cannot be creative." I agree that knowledge is the key. :)I love his work and up until that point had never seen much of it. He has some photographs that are painted over with oil paints. Amazing. We stood inside Edward's old darkroom too. How freaking cool.
After that, it was off to Ambrosia in Monterey for Indian food and wandering around Cannery Row. It was Brian, Deb, Dora, Yvette and I. It was fun. :) The guy that worked at the restaurant recognized me and gave me extra food to take home. I can't believe I go there enough to be recognized! Deb got a good shot of a seagull trying to steal my food. Stupid bird...haha.
We decided to spent sunset at Point Lobos and went off to shoot at Sea Lion Cove. The waves at this point were HUGE and Dora was scared I would get swept out to sea so I had to be careful not to give her a heart attack. I took along my binoculars and watch the sea lions on the rocks and some swimming about in the water. I got some incredible images there.
We left there are convened at Monastery Beach. As we were chatting, a backpacker came up to us and chatted us up. Turns out he's from Canada and is walking to Mexico. Incredible right?! He showed us his images and let us choose and keep one. The only thing he wanted in return was a photo of us holding the photo he gave us. I chose a photo of two young Indian girls in traditional garb, as they reminded me of photos that Mary Ellen Mark took on Faukland Road. I told him this and he said that was the nicest comment he's gotten because he loves Mary Ellen Mark. :) They were of people he met while backpacking in India and he wanted to go back and find each person and give them the photo of us holding their photo. His website: Jordan Bower - walkingtomexico.com. He was a cool guy, as are a lot of Canadians. :) He had fun talking to him.
Next morning was a cool little morning at the Carmel Mission. I have been there a bunch of times but somehow saw it different this trip. It was the light and the beautiful puffy clouds. First time shooting inside though, never done that before. I have a pretty haunting image of the inside of the church. Creeeeeepy. Hehe...
After that was the best part of the trip. John Sexton's house. He is an amazing photography, a sweet guy and a great educator. I was surprised that he remembered me from the Michael Kenna book signing. :)He spoke to us about his background and showed us some of his work. Then guess what? He took us INTO HIS DARKROOM where he proceeded to make a print in front of us!!!!!!!!!!! This was so unreal. Here we were WITH THE MASTER HIMSELF in HIS DARKROOM WATCHING him MAKE a print. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Really? He said it's the first time he's done that. I feel so honored and special. When he dodges and burns, it's like watching a dancer. Honestly, it was the highlight of the trip. We were at their house for about 5 hours or so. It was awesome. His wife Ana Larson is also a very accomplished photographer and showed us some of her work. How special to share that love with your counterpart. She is also very sweet and knowledgeable. I bought a couple books, one for me and one for my friend who couldn't join us on the trip. He gave us some incredible prices on those :)
Next stop, PHAT BURGER in Seaside. We were so famished after that, especially the girls...we were getting a little well, you know. Starts with a B. LOL... It hit the spot and after a bunch of us that we hung out in Brian's room. I brought the Ukulele and sang and two video cameras were on me. That better not end up on YouTube.
Next morning was a nice one, 17 mile drive before our trip to the Monterey Museum of Modern Art. We saw some prints there from Sexton, Edward, Brett and Cole Weston, Rod Dresser, Ansel Adams and some others. It was a great exhibit and our docent, Katie, was very knowledgeable and well spoken about the images and history. I def took lots of notes on that one. There was also a cool exhibit of a local painter, Mari, who does oil on linen. She had some beautiful paintings of horses and one in particular which was so sweet of a dog and a horse together. Awwwwww...
For lunch, we ran up to Moss Landing and ate at the Haute Enchilada. The food was so good! Deb and split a Paella wet burrito as did Dora and Brian. Very different, but very yummy! We didn't have too much time for Elkhorn Slough due to all the hiking, so we settled on Kirby Park, not to much further down the road. Upon arrival, we saw a crop duster getting refueled and the train was doing some funky thing on the tracks. The light was a tad weird but I enjoyed photographing there. There were plenty of neat details in the water, etc. And boy was the sky beautiful! :)
After this it was back to the cottage to freshen up and then hit the road again to Lover's Point in Pacific Grove. Oh man, that's my first time there and it was incredible. Kinda reminded me of La Jolla a little, but with different rock formations. It was very relaxing. :)
Then off to Huntington Witherill's house. He was a nice guy and spoke to us about his work, his projects and how he tires of doing the same thing so he changes it up a lot. He creates projects for himself which I can def understand. He has gone completely digital so it was interesting to see that transition in his work. I got his new color book which is beautiful. They were already signed, but I got mine personalized :)
El Torito for dinner and off to bed we went. Thank goodness because I thought Dora was going to kill somebody if she didn't eat soon...haha.
Woke up in the early morning to get ready to head out and stopped in at Carmel beach to say goodbye.
One the way back home I stopped on at SLO and photographed the mission and the creek below. My first time there and I loved it.
Ended the night with a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's and visiting the kids. All in all, a very satisfying trip. :)
HALF DOME, Yosemite. Hassleblad shot, black and white. Silver gelatin print on Forte neutral fiber based paper.
From school website: "SAN MARCOS (December 3, 2010) – Palomar College student photography will be on display in an exhibit entitled Enlightened Lens 2010 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery from Dec. 10 - 30. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Palomar photography instructor Donna Cosentino said, “Enlightened Lens 2010 was juried by the photography faculty from over 150 photographs. These artworks were entered by students who range from beginning to advanced status. The show includes nearly sixty artworks -- digital and film-based, color and black and white, and traditional darkroom as well as alternative process images.”
The students in the Palomar College Photography Department represent a diverse group in age, interest and background, coming from all areas of north San Diego County and beyond. Cosentino noted, “Their goals range from exploring career options to life enrichment. In addition to acquiring strong technical skills, students are encouraged to pursue their own expressive personal vision as evidenced by the work displayed in this exhibition. Palomar College has a well-known and highly-respected photography department that has managed a vigorous and varied program for more than 40 years.”
The Escondido Municipal Gallery is located at 262 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025; the gallery phone number is 760-480-4101. Hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1, 2011."
San Marcos Location: Hearth Rotating Gallery at the San Marcos Community Center Address: 3 Civic Center Dr. Civic Center Complex San Marcos, Ca. 92069 Show up until the end of February 2011.
Photos now up in the gift store of the Museum of Photographic arts.
Excerpt from school website:
A Reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) to celebrate the Palomar College Photography Department’s digital presentation of student and staff photography.
Sunday, November 7
3 – 5 p.m.
The display will be on view for several weeks as part of the Museum’s Community Outreach Program
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.(hours vary during special events)
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego 1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
A slideshow of 234 images created by Palomar College students, faculty and staff is on display as part of MoPA’s outreach program to associations and schools from the San Diego area. These images were selected for display out of 383 submitted. The show includes color and black and white images, some digital and some film-based. Palomar Photography instructors Bob Barry and Donna Cosentino selected the images to be included, and Instructor Will Gibson created the final slide show presentation.
For more on the exhibit contact: Palomar College Photography Department, 760-744-1150 x3628 or faculty member Donna Cosentino, 760-484-3951
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego 619-238-7559 firstname.lastname@example.org"