World Press Photo: Recent Controversy Sparks Photojournalism Ethics Debate

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in business, culture, news, photography | No Comments

The recent World Press Photo controversy, in which judges awarded first prize in Contemporary Issues to italian photographer Giovanni Triolo for a portfolio of work that perhaps would have been more accurately classified as illustration, at first standing by their decision, then later revoking the award when it was discovered details about the work were misrepresented, […]

Santa Ynez, CA: Grassy Hills Are Day-Glo Green

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in culture, environment, photography, travel | No Comments

I’ve just returned from a quick visit to the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, where the grassy hills are almost day-glo green and the wildflowers along the roadside are blooming. This image taken along Foxen Canyon Road, between visits to a couple of wineries in the area.  The scene suggests to me of what old […]

Wonder Valley, CA: Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat….

Mailboxes along rural and isolated byways have always been a popular subject for me. In some areas the U.S. Mail may still be the best connection to the outside world. A row of mailboxes near the San Diego County community of Ramona earned an honorable mention and a cash prize some years ago from Popular Photography. […]

Santa Monica, CA: The Weird & The Wonderful

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in culture, environment, photography, travel | No Comments

With the wind howling here in the IE, yesterday we took a day trip to Santa Monica. It seemed a good idea to go somewhere else for the day. I spotted this guy with his orange iguana, perched on his shoulder like a house pet, at the informal petting zoo of exotic creatures assembled at the […]

Riverside, CA: Mission Inn Light Show Draws Thousands To Riverside

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | No Comments

Seeing the Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights display this time of year always puts me in a festive mood. I was overwhelmed by the turnout last night on Main Street; families, couples, carolers, ice skaters and more, all enjoying the light display. To think the Mission Inn site was once slated to become a parking […]

Route 66: Stopping By The Bottle Tree Ranch in Helendale, Calif.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in art, culture, environment, photography, travel | No Comments

I made a short trip this afternoon to the famed Bottle Tree Ranch in Helendale, Calif., one of any number of Route 66 roadside attractions that dot the Mojave Desert landscape. Elmer Long, age 68, began creating the numerous metal and glass sculptures that dot his property shortly before he retired from the nearby Riverside […]