"New Visions" f8 Consortium Photography Exhibition

My three photographs are on the left, all from my time in JapanTonight was the opening of the f8 Consortium's "New Vision's" photography exhibition at the Menaul Fine Art gallery.  This was the third time in six months my photographs have been featured in an exhibition in Florida (1st solo, 2nd), and the second time that all the photographs were from my Japan collection.  

A very respectable crowd turned out to see over nine different photographers' works ranging from HDR to digital art to sequential photography.  My photographs were not the only ones from abroad as Europe was represented as well.  I actually enjoyed talking to several people about the stories behind my shots, especially of "Coming of Age in Vivid Kimonos," one of my top five photographs from 2009.  I finally got to meet Brenda Knoll in person also, as well as her husband.  We had been Internet friends for awhile.  

There were many gallery wraps (right) in the exhibition, which are photographs printed on canvas

I cannot take any credit for this exhibition's great opening.  All that goes to other f8 members like Bob Kroll, Scott Menaul, Marc Norton, Patti Krumeich and all the others here.  Thank you everyone.  And thank you to everyone that came out to see our photographs and helped support local artists. 

Selected for an HDR exhibition at the St. Petersburg Museum of History

The Mirror Lake Library HDR shot I submitted for the exhibition.Late last year I agreed to participate in a photography project for the St. Petersburg Museum of History.  I was intrigued by the idea for the project:  making HDR image replicas of historical photographs of various Saint Petersburg landmarks and buildings.  My HDR image of the Mirror Lake Library was selected as one of the thirty-two HDR images for the exhibition.  I was honored and thankful to be chosen, even though my own feelings about my image find it to be only a so-so shot.  

The turnout for the exhibition was huge, relatively.  Certainly much larger than for my own solo haikyo exhibition last year.  There was a free buffet table with really great punch and very good cookies as well, in ample quantities no less!  This made the night a win for me automatically!  Of course it was nice to talk with the other photographers and guests who came to see the exhibition.  I tried my best to explain how an HDR image is produced and how this process comes to make the final product they were seeing on the walls.  It found no up turned noses to HDR as a technique amongst the crowd, which I must say I was a little surprised at.  I know HDR does not appeal to everyone.

Thanks to Velva and everyone else who put a lot of time and effort into organizing this exhibition and to everyone who came out to see the images and make the night a very fun social event.  

The exhibition will be open for several weeks.  More information on the events page of the St. Petersburg History Museum.

My photograph is the one on the left, with the original historical image below it (sorry for the poor video camera snapshot, I took the night off from being an event photographer)

Setting up for my haikyo exhibition

The gallery space in RAW Vibes as we bring the very first haikyo photographs in.This late night RAW Vibes owner Jeff and I worked tirelessly for as long as our eyes could stay open to get up all the 16x20 prints for Friday night's haikyo exhibition.  It was fun, but tiring, but we made good progress.  I am writing this with an exhausted mind....so just enjoy the sneak preview photos of the exhibition for now.  I'm going to sleep.....

With all the haikyo photographs catergorized and put next to their respective wallspace, we were ready to start hanging.


Jeff has good hanging skills and we got the haikyo prints all within a single millimeter of each other.


All the 16x20 haikyo prints up! I left after this, but Jeff may have labored on as all the 16x9 and 24x36 and 8x10 images still needed to be hung.

Haikyo exhibition photographs printing out!

Some of the 61 images printing out for my haikyo photography exhibition on Friday November 13, 2009 - taken with my iPhone

Things are starting to come together for my big haikyo exhibition this Friday, the 13th of November!  The photo above shows the huge printer being used by the great staff at NGI Printing to print out my 61 haikyo photographs on a huge sheet.  

A sheet of 8x10 images are coming out of the printer in the photo.  They will later be cut from the sheet, then mounted on black gatorboard, before the final step of applying a laminate cover.  I was really pleased with the print quality.  I can't wait to see the 24x36 images!

I hope you come out and attend the opening night of my exhibition:

HAIKYO - an exhibition on urban decay from Japan

  • 8pm on Friday November 13, 2009
  • RAW Vibes Art & Performance Space
  • 2109 Central Ave. North St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Haikyo - Urban Decay from Japan Exhibition

The flyer for my first exhibition in Florida. Exhibition opens November 13, 2009 at http://www.rawvibesart.com

On Friday November 13th at 8pm at RAW Vibes Art and Performance Space I will have my first exhibition in Florida!  The photographs I will be showing for this exhibition will be my haikyo photos from Japan.  I must admit I never expected this collection of photographs to be the first images I publicly showed in the U.S., but I became very fast friends with the owner of RAW Vibes, Jeff Henriquez, about a month ago and he was a very big fan of the haikyo images.

Over 60 photographs will be on display in prints ranging from the standard 8x10 up to the gallery standard of 16x20 all the way up to a few selected pieces at 40x60!  Prices will vary accordingly with many prints available at very reasonable prices for all budgets.  For those with no budgetary concerns, the 40x60 prints will make a striking statement in your business, home or office.  Orders can be placed on site for any piece already sold that you wish to also purchase (25% deposit required).  

I will be present the full 3-hours of the opening night to answer any questions about the haikyo images.  I will also give a brief presentation on the collection of haikyo images in general, including what exactly haikyo is, how they were found, and what it is like to spend the night in an abandoned hotel!

Admission on opening night is $7.  If you leave a comment below, I will choose at random one person to receive two free passes to the opening (you and a guest).  Refreshments will be served at no charge.  

Please RSVP for the opening on Facebook or by leaving a comment below.

Thank you for your support and I hope to see everyone on the 13th!


Haikyo - Urban Decay from Japan exhibition

  • RAW Vibes, 2109 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, FL, 33713 -- 727-557-8266
  • Friday November 13, 2009 
  • 8pm-11pm