Tuesday August 26
The past 7 months since we returned from Quartzsite have been very busy for us and we are glad to be on the road again. For me, much of my time was spent getting ready for, and attending Review Santa Fe, a portfolio review held in New Mexico. This is considered the premiere review event in the photo world. It is a juried event, which means hopeful attendees submit portfolio’s in hopes of being selected to attend. 100 photographers are selected, I among them.
I had a chance to meet 9 representatives from various corners of the photo world. The real point of the reviews are to make connections and network with people who can offer opportunities for exposure. One can never expect good things from these reviews, but one also hopes they happen. It is also a great time to meet other photographers and see their work in person. This is almost as much fun as getting together with them after each review day for drinks and hanging out. I met a bunch of new photographers whose work I had only seen online. Seeing the actual prints is a real treat.
Good outcomes for me included meeting a writer for Wired Online who did a feature on my Marking Our Place in the World project, a possible show of my Nomads project at a gallery in Durango, Colorado at and a possible invitation to Japan late next year for a photo festival. I think my most gratifying review came from Verna Curtis, curator of photography at the Library of Congress, who seemed genuinely intrigued by the work. It wasn’t quite right for the Library at this point – she wanted to see more in depth personal stories – but she said she would continue to follow me and my progress. The next day, during a “gallery crawl” event, she made a point of telling me of all the work she’d seen during the reviews, mine was the work she remembered. That was nice to hear.
Another thing keeping me busy was an exhibit in upstate New York. The Davis/Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, selected 12 prints from my Nomads project to exhibit during August. A couple of friends have been able to see the show back their and report that it looked great.
It is good to be traveling again though. Seven months is a long time to be home and we were anxious to get going. The final thing we did before we left was my fathers 90th birthday party at Waterbar in San Francisco. It was a great venue to hold a party. We had a room on the 2nd floor with a balcony overlooking the embarcadero and the Bay Bridge. Dad truly enjoyed the celebration which included all the kids and wives, a few grandkids and a couple of cousins. 7 days later, we were away.
It’s not that easy disentangling however. Our first main stop will be the wedding of one of my nephew’s and his girl in the L.A. area. We’ve stopped here at Pizmo Beach State Park in Central California for a couple of days as we work our way down the coast. My new portable solar panel came in very handy right away. The site we reserved turned out to have the largest pine tree in the campground sitting in perfect position to block most all the afternoon sun from our rooftop panels. With the portable panel, I can now find a sunny spot and aim the panel for maximum output.
First order of business, a walk down the shoreline. The weather is perfect right now.
While here, we’ve had a chance to hike with friends Fred and Susan Miller at Montana de Oro State Park. It was a lovely hike along the bluffs above the ocean. A good leg stretcher after so many months of not hiking. Afterwards was a wonderful lunch at Celia’s Garden Cafe just outside the park.
Yesterday (Tuesday), we drove into Paso Robles for some wine tasting (and buying). But first we stopped for a late breakfast at a place Fred and Susan told us about. Joe’s Other Cafe makes probably the best hash browns ever. They are crispy on the outside, soft, but not mushy, on the inside. The rest of the breakfast was equally as yummy. A must experience experience!
Other friends, Rick and Mary in San Francisco, gave us a gift certificate for a favorite winery here, and it was burning a hole in our pockets. Being members at the Tobin James winery also gave us a 20% discount on our purchase. We still managed to spend a lot but we got some great wines that we will just have to consume quickly. The RV just gets too hot for long term storage and even though I’ve built and added a wine rack to the rig, it is not the place to store for long.
Today we head a little further south to Emma Woods State Park. There are no woods at Emma Woods park. I guess thats her name. Anyway, this park is on a bluff just above the ocean. It is basically a parking lot with no services, but the location is spectacular. Should be good for a night. I’m hoping to make an image to go along with a quote I want to use for the project.