Archive for March, 2009

March in review

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
March in review

It has been a whirlwind month.  While I have been actively shooting, I simply have not had the time to blog as well as photograph and spend time with Michelle.  Sorry, but spending time with her before I take off for a month just took a higher priority.  To make up for it, I thought I would post some highlights of what I did photographically in March.  For each Thursday evening, I was over at Rumrunner‘s, photographing ladies who were contending to be “Bud Girls.”  In mid-month, I, along with several other photographers, was busy photographing the ASAA Alaska State Championship Basketball Tournament at the Sullivan Arena.  Nothing but basketball for six days, twelve hours a day or more.  Then, on some Saturdays, I was capturing some sports action over at the AT&T Sports Complex on Old Seward Highway and O’Malley, photographing action for the Alaska Indoor Flag Football League (AIFFL), an adult league that starts in January each year and goes to mid-March.  Then, there were two Alaska Wild games, an exhibition game at the Wasilla Sports Complex (what I also call Sarah’s Sports Complex) and the season opener at the Sullivan Arena against the Fairbanks Grizzlies.  I also did head shots for the Alaska Wild staff, team and dance team, the “Wildfire,” as well as the girls’ group photo.

So, lots of sports and related glamour photos, not much time for nature … except that one Saturday morning after some fresh snowfall when I looked out the kitchen window to the front yard and saw some vole tracks.  Had to get that.  I will have plenty of time next month, though, as I will be serving as the Artist-in-Residence for Badlands National Park from April 7 to May 8.  Keep an eye on my blog for regular updates, where I will discuss the park, my creative process, and some new gear I am trying out.

“Icons” First Friday

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Sometimes, you just get lucky.  A while back, I made arrangements to gft an “Icons of Alaska” print to the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau during the March member luncheon.  Actually, I am going to give them this very “Moose” print because I photographed it within the Anchorage bowl, up in the Powerline Pass area in Chugach State Park, and it fits nicely with the “Big Wild Life” theme.  Then, a couple of things happened.

First, the ACVB called me and said their March artist had to back out of his planned show and could I fill in at the Log Cabin and Visitor Center downtown.  Well, gee, let me think of that … I have a whole new print and note card series I am trying to promote and they need an artist to fill in during the month with the one day in the whole year where downtown Anchorage probably gets the most visitors – the ceremonial start of the Iditarod.  So, of course, I said “yes” and decided my show would be the “Icons.”

Then, the ACVB told me that they had to move the March member meeting to the 18th because they were going to have a mayoral candidate forum and they needed to move to accomodate some candidates.  No problem there, either.  Having the mayoral forum will certainly ensure that a LOT of people will be at the luncheon and, even though I will only be in the spotlight for about 2-3 minutes, it will be one heck of a way to let other businesses, one of my target markets for the “Icons,” to know about the product.

So, if you are going to be downtown this evening, drop on by to the ACVB Log Cabin and Visitor Center on the corner of 4th Avenue and F Street from 5-7 p.m.  You will have the chance to see the entire “Icons” series in public for the first time.  I will have box sets of the note cards available for sale and, of course, you can purchase the framed prints on display, too.