kdd imaging - Kathi Drummond Photographic & Digital Fine Art
©Kathi D. Drummond
I had a wine barrel full of beautiful wildflowers this summer and just went crazy taking photographs of the 8 or so different flowers that bloomed. The above image is a table top image I put together with a arrangement of some of the flowers in front of another image of mine that I created from a sunset at White Sands,NM.
I do not do a lot of table top work but it is always nice to stretch my photographic work to include table top work. I did a lot of table tops when I was going to school and when I worked in Seattle but since I do not have the space to set up lighting and leave it up I depend upon natural lighting in the studio area I have now. What fun it can be to try to create new work with items you have around you. Enjoy- and always stretch your creativity to include types of photography that you do not do much of...
Currently three of my images are hanging in a show in Longmont,CO at the The Darkroom Longmont @ the Bin. This was a international juried show with the theme "Humanity". The image below is from Patagonia during a hike up to the Italiano Glacier. It represented to me the need for society to have each of us appreciate nature and that we all need markers in life to help us navigate. Trail Markers or "Cairns"- are seen a lot while hiking. That are symbolic and have purpose. Everytime I see a marker I add to it. It seems to bring me peace and I hope good hiking luck.
So if you are in the Longmont area the show is up through July 2017. A preview of all the work in the show is on their website - thedarkroomlongmont
©Kathi D. Drummond
© ©Kathi D. Drummond
I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This summers adventures are off to a great start. We spent three days camping outside the park but spent most of our time in the park as well has hiking to Zapata Falls just south of the park. Hiking to the top of one of the dunes was our first adventure. We started early in the morning because we wanted to see the strawberry moon set over Medano Creek, see the sunrise and get on the dunes before it got to hot. The dune sands heat up fast in the summer so it was time to get going early and was it well worth getting up at 4:30 to start our day.
I appreciate the folks who climb to the highest dunes. Hiking in the sand is a lot of work so we got in our exercise for the morning. The views were nice once you make it up to at least to the top of a dune - not the highest but up above Medano creek and the valley below.
We camped at the Oasis resort outside of the park since all the camping in the park is full most of the summer. First come first serve sites are taken up quickly and the rest are by reservation and those fill up months in advance. We found the oasis camping to be the best - what a wonderful site and the folks who run the resort were just the best - kudos.
The next day to avoid the heat and the number of folks visiting the park - we headed up to Zapata Falls. It is a short hike but worth the effort. The drive up to the trailhead was very bumpy so it is slow but sure. Once to the creek that comes out of the falls we slowly moved through the rushing water to try to get a view of the fall. I did not quite get around the corner to see the fall because the water was running high and fast so I just managed to get to an area to see the creek and the mist the fall created but that was worth the effort. From up at the falls area there are panoramic views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and the dunes. Spectacular..
So if you get a chance to head to Southern Colorado stop in at this magnificent National Park. Lots to see and do..
I visited my first Portfolio review viewing at the Redline Gallery in Denver a couple weeks ago. Oh Boy - lots going on and good inspiration. My mission was to get an idea of what kind of work folks were showing, how many images that had reviewed in their portfolio, the types of paper/media they were using to present the work and feed back from the photographers reviewed about what they took out of the process.
The variety of work ran from portraits, still lifes, abstract, landscapes, documentary and projects around a theme defined by multiple images of a subject and events surrounding that subject matter. Very interesting stuff. I have to say there were a number of photographers pursued a similar theme and after seeing a few of them I just passed by the rest.
The quantity and print sizes varied but most of the photographers said that a uniform group-theme- around 15-20 images were put together and placed in open portfolio boxes for the folks like me to handle and view. I was surprised that a # of the photographers that had 50-100 images in their portfolios and that seemed like way to many for me. On person had approx. 75 images to view but it was a grouping of three different themes so that if the reviewer was interested in seeing other aspects of their work it was right there available.
The paper used by a number of the artists was satin paper which viewed nicely and held up will to the handling by all us folks that came to see the work. 8 x 10 / 11 x 14 print sizes handled the best but a number of the artists had larger prints that they presented to the viewer so as to keep the work from getting destroyed. One photographer noted that she wished she had brought her small portfolio version to have on view since the space for each artists was limited due to the number of people participating and for the reviewer to see but it was suggested to have a larger piece or two printed and available to view if that would be a size they might use in a show environment.
Alternative processes were used by quite a few of the photographers and were very nice. Printed on fine art papers the work was interesting. The alternative processes have seen a resurgence along with shooting film again. As with vinyl vs. cd's a love for the past aspects of the fine art of any medium come around to be used and perfected. Some of the themes utilizing that medium were better then others but that is subjective.
Most of the photographers found the process to work for them. A couple folks said they were still processing the feedback they got & others said that made some good contacts with the reviewers that participated in the MOP portfolio reviews presented by CPAC in Denver and others said they would do it again so as to continue to grow. The idea of doing the review is not just to have important people in the different fields - advertising, publishing, gallery, and agents - see your work but to maybe get a lead on selling or showing.
I still have not resolved my biggest problem of putting together a cohesive group of images that are themed based or tell a story. I have the hardest time be objective about my work but now at least I have an idea of quantity to present, style of presentation and that a theme works will for overall presentation/ showing. So I shall work on getting together images to get into my portfolio so that I will be ready to go for the next opportunity that comes around to sign up for a review and see how it all flows.
©Kathi D. Drummond
White Sands Sunset received Best of Show at the annual CPLG show at Academy Frame and Art in Colorado Springs. It was a nice surprise. The show is very nice. A lot of wonderful photography.
I am trying to move north with showing my work. I recently attended a number of shows in Denver during the Month of Photography. It was nice seeing all the photography and photography related shows all at one time. They have done a great job of getting all the spaces involved in photography. It is an event that happens every two years in Denver and at different venues up and down the front range. Unfortunately Pueblo did not get involved this year but perhaps I will work on that for the 2019 season event. I also learned through the gal that juried the CPLG show - Emma - that it is helpful to do a portfolio review if one is to develop a presence for their work. The Redline Gallery in Denver will have a portfolio review showing of folks that had portfolio reviews during the Month of Photography on April 8th - so I guess I will head up to see that and get a better understanding of what it all means. Deciding to make a mission to move forward through rejection and disappointment is the motto to follow. Follow the dream - Reach for the stars but dream beyond...