CPA depends on our devoted volunteers and without their support, we would not be able to offer our world class exhibitions and innovative programming. They come from from diverse backgrounds and photographic interests and serve as gallery docents, assist at receptions, receptions and gallery installations. CPA’s hard working volunteers make the difference!
I enjoy greeting and talking to visitors and members about the exhibits that I get to know so well, seeing them every week as a docent.
When I belonged to The Friends of Photography, I think I entered a juried show with a couple of wrinkled black and white photos done with my twin-lens Rollei and Weston meter. I could expose with the Zone System, develop and print in my bathroom darkroom, but never mastered the mounting business. When we moved to Big Sur, I had a better darkroom and lugged around a bigger Rollei with extra backs and lenses. A lot of my drawings and photographs from those years are in the Historical Society’s “Recipes for Living in Big Sur” and “Big Sur Women”, published later with a friend.
Finally, along came digital photography and Photoshop, what I must have always been looking for to combine and make connections among my collection of words and images and Ideas for paintings and collages – a way to put it all together and try out endless variations that is much faster than painting or Kodalith and silkscreen which I used to do.
Now that I spend most of my time in Pacific Grove and carry my iPhone on evening walks along the shore I have been taking and working variations on those shaky pictures since way before there were so many apps, and it became official iphoneography. One was even selected for last year’s web gallery – – – I’m so lucky.
My imagery reflects my ideals about beauty and emotional connections, and horses are my favorite source for inspiration. I am a spectator in their world, awaiting the moment to capture the splendor of the unbridled horse in motion, their interactions among the herd, or their relationships within the human world. Through my lens I witness the equine spirit: powerful, noble, yet willing to please. Sometimes that capture is enough, though other times I create a Photomontage that sets the stage to a world with no boundaries which blends my fascination with woodland areas and the free spirit of the running horse. A moment born through my imagination, and their being.
I have been drawn to photography since grade-school. It is accessible, beautiful, and expressive. When I saw a movie of the work of Edward Weston, I dreamed of learning more. Delightfully I moved to the Monterey Peninsula, and found the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel. CPA offers me an avenue that nurtures my creativity. As a docent I appreciate the opportunity of learning directly from the exhibiting photographer when we gather as a group for the docent lectures. It is such an intimate and insightful experience. I am thrilled to meet and know today’s photographers who continue to shape this incredible art form.
I believe that art should be explored, shared and touched. That is the embodiment of CPA. I believe in CPA, their mission and the people involved who believe in photography and in the artists they present. I feel lucky to be a part of a group that proudly follows in the footsteps of a long-lived and impressive community made up of the most renowned figures in photography. I also appreciate that CPA encourages learning and exploring through the many workshops that are within reach of the community and students. My docent and volunteer time may be a small contribution, but I am happy to do what I can to help CPA thrive.