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Lizard Eye

The exploration in creating something totally new has always had an allure for me, spontaneously transforming an object or scene from the mundane into the extraordinary. This process is not always rewarded with success, but I keep throwing myself into this state of discovery… “let’s see what happens”. Robert’s image, “Transformer” reminded me a coil []


Y Not

Continuing the alphabet soup here at the Daily Photo Game, I am playing this loosely connected image, “Y Not”. This was a product of yesterday’s Columbia River Gorge excursion, such an awesome place to hike and witness. However, as is my way, I am less interested in general photographs of nature without the fingerprint of []


Water and Ink #1

My play for today’s image for the DailyPhotoGame took me by surprise. I had no idea at the onset of this day that I would create something that far outpaced what I had conjured in my mind’s eye. I liked the flowing nature of Robert’s image “Fahrenheit 451” and its shape inspired me to consider []


Abandoned Paper Mill

I recently was invited to take a tour of the Blue Heron Paper Mill, now defunct, abandoned and destined for gentrification. The site is literally right on the Willamette River in Oregon City. This is the kind of special place where Native Americans used to pluck salmon from the waterfalls, but is now damed for []


The Model Man?

Again we find Barbie’s friend Ryan featured at the Daily Photo Game. Robert’s image led me to all kind of thoughts about male stereotypes, archetypes and body expectations. Women typically bear a larger burden for body expectations, however I thought I would investigate the male ethos around this social affliction. I choose a satirical approach, []


Hoo Are You

Robert’s image gave me plenty to think about for my submission to the dailyphotogame.com. These open ended images can be taken so many different directions, I love/hate them for that very same reason. In following his lead, I considered pretty much everything from A to Zebra, which coincidently I did have in my library.  However, []


Pictured

It seemed to me that the DailyPhotoGame.com could use a twist in the Conversation.  So rather than submitting another abstraction I thought I would play off the patterns of Robert’s rustic image with this people shot. While out looking for interesting elements to shoot for the Game, I drove by this group of young photographers and their photo-session []


Dandy Man

My shoot for today’s Game day took an unexpected turn. Upon seeing Robert’s colorized palm trees, what came to mind for me was Dandelions. Their form is the closest thing to a palm tree here in the Northwest and I liked the similar – but different take on the idea. I captured many views of []


Fugitive Flowers

This shot for my “Game Day” was inspired by an assignment I wrote for my class at the Academy of Art University. In addition to my commercial and fine art work, I also teach. The notion of the assignment – “The Fugitive Flower” was to introduce a non-linear, word-association exercise in an attempt to get []


Duality

In considering a response to Robert’s “Night Light” image for the Daily Photo Game, I thought a selfie (well sort of) might be a timely contribution. The strong form of his image drove many of my concepts and I did want to continue with the fabric narrative of the previous 3 posts, I liked their []


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