Sunday, September 30, 2012


Funny sometimes the journey is all we have. So I saw this bunny on the way to Zebulon and took it as a sign. I arrived on Wednesday to install a 10 year retrospective of past winners of SlowE. A number or artists were repeat winners over the 10 years.What was the most fun was the bonding(no pun intended) of all the people helping to make this show happen besides the artists. Here is the roll-call Donna Rosser,Anne Jarrell Berry Dale Niles Marilyn and Don Rogers all made it an easy thing to hang 40 dissimilar photographs .

Completed it gave a fairly accurate view of the growth of the competition and the quality of submissions starting in 2002. The year Andy Scott's  Wrapped Turkeys won 1st prize was a year of big change. A lovely little reception was held where I spoke about  the history of the winners since 2002 and the jurors from around the country that have driven the show to new highs.

This year Julian Cox and Brett Abbott former and present curators of the photography department at The High Museum were the jurors.Their talk on Sunday afternoon was a moment that will be remembered for a long time to come.They explained in details some of their choices and how in most juried competition you never get to see a body of work by the submitting artists.And the surprise when seeing the prints for the first time.

Maybe someone taped it and you will see it on You-tube.

The weekend was filled with usual events  portfolio reviews and talks and food ,waiting and watching humming birds.

John Oetgen Black Bunny courtesy of The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery 

Donna Rosser un wrapping images in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA

Donna Rosser unwrapping images in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA
by Marilyn Rogers

Laying out mages of past winners in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA

With Don Rodgers hanging photographs in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA
At the end  could hardly wait to be at home the journey is all,the destination is like saying Zebulon too many times it looses meaning or becomes a hollow chant.

Behind The Curtains Mrs Sue McG;othin
Today the Slow Exposures Peoples Choice award was announce, it is "Behind The Curtains " by Mrs Sue McGlothin it was chosen from 947 photographs submitted to the jury. Ninety-eight new entries; 69 returning photographers --- coming from 17 states and 46 cities and towns in Georgia. The image was voted on by the viewers who visited the show. With luck it will be part of the 20th retrospective. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Detour In Zurich ,But I Am Still On My Way To Zebulon

On my way to Zebulon, I stopped in Atlanta and stayed  at the home of Ms Jane Robbins Kerr. A home built with love for a family, it is as near perfect a house for living as love can create. Ms Kerr is a transplanted Mississippian who has participated in SloweExsposures for a number of years and will be featured in the 10 year retrospective in Zebulon.

Also Stopped into Jackson Fine art to see Matthew Pillsbury and discovered 2 artists whose work I was not familiar with as well as a fun show at Hagadorne Galley which was also showing Martin Parr as I always say Atlanta is not the New York of the South, but it makes an interesting stop on the way to Zebulon.

I like saying the word Zebulon, Zebulon Zebulon Zebulon yes I do.

Hallelujah Lady  Jane Robbins Kerr

Installation  Matthew Pillsbury City Lights Jackson Fine Arts

Installation  Matthew Pillsbury  City Lights Jackson Fine Arts

Jane's Carousel, 2011

Arthur Grace Viewing Room Jackson Fine Art

Car and Ferris Wheel, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2003 

Opening wall for Martin Parr Hagedorn Foundation

Installation John Oetgen  Hagedorn Foundation

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On My Way to Zebulon My Heart Kept Saying Zurich

On my way to Zebulon Georgia was to be a story about my latest trip down south  of the Mason-Dixon
line .Funny most of the time in my travels this time I kept wishing for wings or magic shoes so that I could be somewhere else.The power to move back and forth quickly through space would be so cool, I could be where I want to be as well as where I have to be.

One of the places I wanted to be this fall was Christophe Guye Galerie in Switzerland an Exhibition of Roger Eberhard entitled Once It Held Laughter - Once It Held Dreams an extension of his themes of isolation, abandonment, decay and the haunting of place.This sense of lost, a sub-genre of southern photography.

Roger Eberhard conceptual installation is a testament to the idea of artistic  growth and craft while still maintaining his vision and passion .

Today I received pictures of the installation and want to share them with you. I will be back on the road to Zebulon tomorrow

    Installation Roger Eberhad  Once It Held Laughter - Once It Held Dreams Christophe Guye Galerie
  Installation Roger Eberhad  Once It Held Laughter - Once It Held Dreams Christophe Guye Galerie

  Installation Roger Eberhad  Once It Held Laughter - Once It Held Dreams Christophe Guye Galerie

  Installation Roger Eberhad  Once It Held Laughter - Once It Held Dreams Christophe Guye Galerie

  Installation Roger Eberhad  Once It Held Laughter - Once It Held Dreams Christophe Guye Galerie

Untitled (Haus #130), 2012
C-print mounted to aluminium

Untitled (Baum # 1), 2012
C-print mounted on Aluminium

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I live in Manhattan in the 21st century so I should know the answer  to this one. In truth the answer is fluid, it depends upon where you are standing.  If you are standing on let's say 125th Street and decide to venture to 124th Street you are going south.This question came to me in response to a electronic portfolio posted on CNN of images taken from a juried exhibition SlowExposures:Celebrating the Rural South.The comments were strong.

One of the images chosen was by the artist Paul Conlon which was part of an exhibition I curated last year for SlowExposures called Southern Memories . I was born in the south, I live in what is called the north, yet my memories live in the land of childhood ,untouched by boundaries

Paul Conlon  Trike

Jo Lynn Still   Snow

Marilyn Suriana   Auburn Market 2
A few years ago I became seduce by a photograph of snow by 
Jo Lynn Still, it so reminds me of my first snow.The sky is blue and bright, filled with expectation and magic this picture was taken in Georgia .It is a picture that moves beyond place into memory.

The south I grew up in most people rich or poor , young or old would be concern about how they appeared in public.This was particularly a great truth for my grandmother,who died at 100 years young so when I saw this image by Marilyn Suriana, it was the for me those times that came to mind not the place.

SlowExposures takes place starting September 21

recent edit by Paul Conlan of Trike

A sort of footnote the opening image in this post is the way I first saw this photograph, to me it spoke about age.It is very interesting to see the new crop/edit  it makes for a more balanced image but some of the story is lost.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy Sad

Aaron Hobson  STONES

Aaron Hobson  PILLARS

Aaron Hobson  SWEEPING MAN

Aaron Hobson  ZEN 
It feels  great to have the chance to purchase Aaron Hobson photography, I get four beautiful prints and become a part of a community supporting one man who will help. Some of us dream others act. This is a way to act .

all images copyrighted

Thursday, August 16, 2012


A question I get asked often is, who are you collecting?

I am not collecting as much as I did in the past. How many photographs can one man have ? Stuff has to be taken care of and as I get older there are moments when I can barely take care of my self .This does not mean I have stopped but that I am a little more focused. As some of you may know I have worked with FWAB for the past 11 years. I have come to know a lot of artist/photographers who have given generously over the years not only to Friends Without A Border, but many others causes. I am beginning to believe photographers = generosity of spirit. That being said, started to collect images that are created to do something for social justice, health issue and problems that effect us all. 
Was please to have found out while working on the post for Aaron Hobson  that he has started to devote time and resources to a new project called Tohoku which I should let him speak about.
More than one year after the Tōhoku earthquake and resulting tsunami, the devastation remains visible and the amount of work still to be done seems exceedingly daunting (some estimate 10 years). What remains of fishing villages and small cities, has been organized into huge mounds carefully separated by category: cars, boats, household debris, metal, fishing and oceanic supplies, with piles reaching as high as five stories and encompassing 5-10 city blocks. The following images were gathered from hundreds of miles of “virtual travel” along the eastern coast of the Tōhoku region via Google Earth Street View. During these travels it was extremely rare to come across any street view in the region that didn’t have a crew diligently working or small groups of fisherman trying to go about their daily lives.

I want to help be a part of the rebuild... and not by just taking photos or print sales to donate cash to foundations like the Red Cross, but with actual hands-on physical labor. I plan on working with the nonprofit Disaster Relief Organization It's Not Just Mud (INJM). After "visiting" hundreds miles of coastline via streetview during the creation this series, I have not been able to stop thinking about the people affected from this disaster. Maybe I can relate to these small remote villages because I also live in a remote village, or maybe it was seeing the destruction so clearly in near real-time, block by block for miles and miles? Assisting in the relief efforts is something that I NEED to do, not just want to do. My goal is to assist in any capacity necessary with INJM, as well as, making this an annual effort on my part. I will be documenting my efforts and will post photos both during and after my trip.

I can't make this happen without your help. All the images in this series are all for sale and 100% of the proceeds contributing to any requisite travel costs. Any remaining funds will be donated to It's Not Just Mud to help aid in their continued efforts. For more information about It’s Not Just Mud and its recent projects, visit the website at

The 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, Japan, occurred on Friday, March 11, 2011. It was the most powerful known earthquake to have ever hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world, since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 meters (133 ft.) in Miyako in Tōhoku’s Iwate Prefecture, and which, in the Sendai area, traveled up to 10 km. (6 mi.) inland. The earthquake moved Honshu 2.4 m. (8 ft.) east and shifted the Earth on its axis by estimates of between 10 cm. (4 in.) and 25 cm. (10 in.).

On March 12, 2012, a Japanese National Police Agency report confirmed 15,854 deaths, 26,992 injured, and 3,155 people missing across twenty prefectures. The report also indicated 129,225 buildings were totally collapsed, with a further 254,204 buildings ‘half collapsed’, and another 691,766 buildings partially damaged. Around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water. Early estimates placed insured losses from the earthquake alone at $14.5 to $34.6 billion (in U.S. funds). The World Bank’s estimated economic cost was $235 billion (U.S. funds), making it the most expensive natural disaster in world history
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things Left In Drawers

Stanely Stellar    I Have Birds 2 1976

Brian David Stevens   John

One of my favorite artist is a British Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, I became aware of his painting after seeing them in a magazine. I liked the fluid yet precise style that he painted. Even though the subject matter today could seem a bit arched .I bought a few postcards and books to save and savor. Burne-Jones figures have a type of light and grace that is almost drug like.

We all have drawers that we keep stuff in or maybe a bulletin board or an inspiration wall. I have a drawer I keep collage material in and one of the things I kept for over 35 years was a postcard with this image by Stanley Stellar called I Have Birds 2.Once I saw it I thought immediately of Sir Burne-Jones. the simple gesture of the hands, the light, the torso,the draping of the tee shirt .I always felt or wanted to believe that there was a connection to the 19th Century, the sweetness of youth.

Over the years ripped out many photographs revealing bird tattoos but this is the one for me. Recently while viewing  Brian David Stevens website I saw this portrait of John,which made me go into the drawer and rescue I Have Birds 2 so it could engage in a conversation about art and time.

There are still great photo and art postcards out there.Some of the best are being produce by Fotofolio in New York

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

5 New Images From The Cinemascapist, Aaron Hobson

Street View Edition  is the latest series Aaron Hobson is working on the photographs still remain a bit dangerous and sexy to parphrase John Wood .In his statement about what he is creating Aaron says that he is" in search of enchanted and remote lands typically only reserved for the eyes of its inhabitants, but now are captured on camera by the automated and aesthetically-neutered street view cars that linger. Void of the main character (self-portrait) and an internal view, these images represent the closing chapter of 4 years of cinemascapes with an external view of the world." I was originally planning on calling this blog The Great Quiet the images have the silence of a ghost town, the silence where you hear everything.

 La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain

 Inverallochy, Scotland 

  Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, France

 Route 17, South Africa  

 Posada de Valdeón, Spain

all images copyrighted Aaron Hobson : The Cinemascapist

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dark, Even Darker, Winter : Aaron Hobson, the cinemascapist

I often hear the expression " a picture tells stories " when in reality most pictures leave you wanting to know more.There are times when you look at photographs and say did I leave the room, what is happening here ? Maybe photographs fall into two categories the literal and the poetic.The literal allows the viewer to create his own story,to think he knows. Understanding the poetic is always a bit more  elusive, it worries us so, there is never one story, one conclusion so we keep coming back.

I do not remember how or when I came upon the work of Aaron Hobson except that it was about three years ago. I emailed him to let him know that I was moved by his images.There is a sense of isolation and hurt that does not go away.I can not remember if I've ever spoken to Aaron but I still visit his site.
Attracted to his still frames that are parts of a larger epic. I have wonder at times that if this is a scripted autobiography maybe all will be revealed or not in the last reel.

Long Cold Night 
My Back Window

Pest Control

Steel town

64 Mercury
I found this to be a difficult edit so once again I encourage you to visit his site 

I will say that this Cinemascapist site is well edit and undated easy to navigate.

all images copyright by Aaron Hobson the cinemascapist

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


JIM MARSHALL : The Rolling Stones and Beyond

Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23 Street
New York NY 10011
212- 226 - 1485

Skip James, Newport Folk Festival, 1964

In November 1969 with a filled Madison Garden crowd I witness the concert of the year, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. It was the first concert I ever stood on line to buy tickets for. B.B King and Ike and Tina Turner were opening acts .

1969 was a wild and wonderful year in New York, in America .

So when I went to Steven Kasher Gallery I thought it would be a great moment to roll around in the nostalgia of my reckless rock and roll youth during the period when parents did not admit to liking anything their kids listen to.

There are so many wonderful images of The Stones and the Beatles and others of that older era. A lot of behind the scenes
in rock arenas, small clubs and the long missed Newport Jazz Festival. This exhibition has been one of the best reviewed in New York this summer.

All I have to say about it is, that I found a photograph that touched me. I had never seen it before but I plan on looking at it a lot. I know this man. I like this moment and the gentle mystery is he tipping his hat or on the verge of taking it off to wipe his head.

The crumple handkerchief looks like a blooming flower, I stood in front of this photograph a long time, waiting for Mr James to finish, knowing he is fixed beautifully in this moment.

If you wished to read reviews just google James Marshall they are there. If you want to find a surprise and remember a time go + see .

Steven Kasher Gallery

hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  closed August 12 - September 3. 
The show runs through  September 8th.

Copyright Jim Marshall Photography LLC, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Hot Pants

Smoking On Park Bench

Lonely Dog

Closed Eyed Girl

Golden Bridge

Golden Bridge without color

Once again I have manipulated a photograph to illustrate what the colorist were facing.Sometimes their choices show the need to be sort of natural other times they become painterly.Please take the time to go back and read Frank's statement in part one and visit his website.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Process, how one artist created one project : LOST IN WHITE NIGHTS | Frank Rothe

Sitting here this morning thinking about collecting ,one thought that I return to "collecting maybe a single vision but creating a collection is a collective (no pun) adventure . A collaberation of many efforts the artist his galleries. books ,magazines and now many media alternatives and me.

I am very lucky guy because I have met so many artists and talked to them about what they are doing,in fact I was being shown the beginning of LOST IN WHITE NIGHTS while standing in Frank Rothe's studio late  one Sunday afternoon.

iPhoto manipulated White Hourse

White Horse


Submarine Friends

The Wave

White Nights II

To explain the amount of time that went into the creation of these images and the care and detail would exhaust me and I could not do it well .So I will let Frank speak for himself. I will say that the first image was put in iPhoto by me to drain it of color.

Frank Rothe Technically speaking the so-called “White Nights” (Beliye Nochi) are not unique to St Petersburg, but only here the northern nights have received such a poetic acclaim. What could be more romantic than walking along rivers and canals when night is as bright as early evening? It is the worId’s only city where such a phenomenon takes place every summer from mid June to beginning of July. Every year there are days when the downtown St Petersburg is full of people, even at night. It is a great time for those in love and for those who seeking love or just want to enjoy the endless nights. In that period of time people dont sleep as much as they Should. Because the day never ends.
People become a bit lunatic. Therefore I choose to name my project “Lost In White Nights”. I also was attracted by the softness of the light during that time. I shot on 6 by 6 negative color film without additional light. After my return to Berlin, I scanned the images. The digital files where desaturated on the computer and transformed into black and white images. Now the other half of the project had to be done.
Beginning of 2008 my beloved grandmother died. A year before she gave me an old photography. It shows my grandmother as a 4 or 5 year old girl, taken around 1920. Its a hand colored photograph. At this time it was a norma| way to turn a black and white photograph into a colored one. This photograph is the main reason why “Lost In White Nights” became a.
From a trip to India I remembered hand colored images, l’ve seen in peoples houses. Its a dying art used a century ago. Through a friend of a friend I got in contact with Mr. Rajesh Roy. And beginning of december 2008, the same year I shot the images in St. Petersburg, the first print was sent from Kolkata to Berlin. It was shortly after the mumbay terrorist attack and the print was destroyed. Because the custom service checked my package to good. Also crisis hit the world. Luckely my contact in India kept on with his company. In fact I never met the artist who colored my work, because Mr. Rajesh Roy managed the business on my behalf. He actually runned an lnternet company and was only a kind of middleman between me and the artist.
Every two or three months some hand colored images where sent to my studio. Luckely nothing was touched by custome anymore. But it looked like the project will never end, because the quality of the images went up and down. But there where also other emails when I wished Happy New Year to Mr. Roy or felt pitty for him, when he or one of his family member became ill.
The last package should have come end of summer 2010. when I opened it and checked the work I knew that I had to sent it back. Some of the images where great, some not. One print did not had the right size and was smaller then the others. But then end of october 2010 everything was fine. The unique moments I captured in St. Petersburg became not reproducible unique art works.
The best moment in life of an artist is the one when the idea becomes reality. You see and touch what was only in your head before. The dream to catch images of a city and its people during a lunatic time with a lunatic light and transforming it into unique master pieces with the endangered art of hand coloring, became reality.

all images copyright Frank Rothe