Work continues on the Tubman project; Phil and I are getting to the stage where we're doing a lot of interviews and photo shoots involving people instead of landscapes. I have to admit that my "keeper" rate for people photos is a lot smaller than for landscapes. I've never been much of a fan of the "spray and pray" style of street photography, and I absolutely refuse to use excessive post processing, especially the kind where you supposedly can click one button and transform someone from a normal human into a fashion star. Even worse, as I see it, is the hideous HDR (High Dynamic Range) software that lets you transform a photograph into a cartoonish piece of "digital art."
So I'm stuck with trying to get the light and angle right, annoying my subjects with multiple shots and numerous flash settings. For the most part, I've been happy with the final results, but some folks are harder than others. What do you do, for example, with somebody whose natural expression is somewhere between a frown and a grimace? The best you can, I guess.
Meanwhile, my pictures have had some success in juried shows. Most recently, "Cleaning" and "On the Pier" appeared in shows for the Maryland Federation of Art.
In addition, I was asked to provide two pieces representing Eastern Shore landscapes to hang outside the office of Delegate Mary Beth Carozza in Annapolis. I chose "Gray," which can be seen in the Delmarva gallery on this website, and a picture of a farm shed that was torn down shortly after I captured the image. That one is poetically entitled "Shed."