Louise Noakes Offers “Tribute to The Queens”

It all started in 1950’s in Louise Noakes’ family living room where her father and uncle would dress up in their wives’ clothing to entertain the family. Fast forward to 2011, Louise attends a drag brunch at Perrys in D.C. where she discovers inspiration for a new photo-altering series.  She’s been photographing drag queens to capture the colorful experiences close to her childhood memories ever since. Not wanting to leave them as straight forward photographs, she experiments with each image. She describes the process as many hours of reducing the photograph into solid colors, layer-by-layer, and sometimes leaving only a fragment of the original image. The Rickie Report invites you to see her work on Friday March 21st.   “This is not going to be a boring wine and cheese opening at all,” Louise says. The event will feature meeting the queens, a game of matching the queen in and out of drag and lots of the bubbly and chocolate kisses.  Details are here.

 

LOUISE NOAKES

“TRIBUTE TO THE QUEENS”

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Born in Toronto, Canada Louise Noakes started taking photographs at the age of 19. She graduated from The Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan with a major in photography and a minor in fiber arts. Working in many facets of photography has made for an interesting career for her. Starting while still in college, she worked in Medical photography in an urban Detroit hospital. In 1982 she moved to Washington DC to work as a photo journalist for States News Service.
"Bird on Head" by Louise Noakes

“Bird on Head” by Louise Noakes

Returning to fine art photography in 2002, she started shooting in digital and soon began experimenting, printing on different substrates and mixed media. She has won many awards for her experimental work and for 8 years her work was exhibited at Multiple Exposures, a photography gallery in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. In July of last year she left a position as Education Director at an Art Center in Northern Virginia to purchase one of the Artists Lofts in Lake Worth.
"Diva 4" by Louise Noakes

“Diva 4” by Louise Noakes

Louise was always interested in art, and as a child would take the extra paints from her paint-by-numbers sets and paint on cardboard. My dad was
a physicist and worked with some Japanese colleagues, who would bring the latest cameras into the states.  She says, “That’s how I got my first real camera. It turned out to be the best gift I ever received. It was a gift of looking at the world with more inquisitive and passionate insight. It changed my life. I started working in the darkroom immediately. Experimenting with
the image by solarizing, making photo silkscreens and printing on
substrates such as mirrors.”
"A Night In" by Louise Noakes

“A Night In” by Louise Noakes

Louise tells The Rickie Report , “Like a rebirth, after resisting digital photography, I finally bought a digital camera and computer. In the last few years, I have been working in digital photography and mixed media. Again I experiment  in every way I can think of and on every material, taking prints out of  the computer and combining them with traditional mediums and any new products, when they become available. Every subject matter moves me,
whether it be  a landscape, still life or portrait. I make art by documenting
my travels and everyday life. One of my greatest pleasures when sharing
my work, is making someone look a little closer, smile or relate to
something about their life and shares it back with me.”
"Lovely" by Louise Noakes

“Lovely” by Louise Noakes


This project has taken Louise to places such as D.C.’s Town Dance Boutique and Perrys Restaurant, Lips in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Olivia Jones in Hamburg, Germany, Lucky Cheng’s in NYC, and the divas in Lake Worth. This ongoing series is a tribute to all of the ladies who, time-after-time, give it their all.

 

"Sultry Queen" by Louise Noakes

“Sultry Queen” by Louise Noakes

On Friday March 21 from 8 p.m.-12 a.m., “This is not going to be a boring wine and cheese opening at all,” Louise says. The event will feature meeting the queens, a game of matching the queen in and out of drag and lots of the bubbly and chocolate kisses.

For more information please contact Louise at www.louisenoakes.com  or visit www.facebook.com/louise.noakes.31

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Durga Garcia Presents at Wellington Art Society

Durga Garcia will be the guest speaker at the Wellington Art Society on March 12th.  A Fine Art Photographer, Durga has a SOLO exhibition in New York City under the auspices of National Association of Women Artists ( NAWA).  This community-minded artist is always available to confer and nurture other artists of all mediums.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend this event to network with other artists and hear Durga!

 

 

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Wellington Art Society

Presents

Durga Garcia, Fine Art Photographer

“Getting Your Artwork Out There!”

 

 

Wednesday, March 12

6:30-8:30 pm

Wellington Community Center


12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.  Wellington, FL

 

 

The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, March 12th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. As always, there will be a meet and mingle beginning at 6:30pm with a raffle and fabulous art and art related prizes, with the proceeds going to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. Also of interest is our Member Spotlight for members to show recent work and tell about their upcoming shows and artist development.  The general meeting begins at 7:00PM with the presentation and demo to follow. The evening’s events are generally over by 8:30. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee.

 

 

 

Durga Garcia

Durga Garcia

 

 

 

 

Durga Garcia is a published, internationally shown, award winning and merited photographer of fine art images and portraits. Her images can be found in numerous public and private collections. She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of projects, art for artists and portraits with several long-term projects and books to her credit.

 

 

 

 

 

"Artisans" by Durga Garcia

“Artisans” by Durga Garcia

 

 

 

 

Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures with a past that has her living in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, steeplechase jockey, equine veterinary paramedic, certified art appraiser, yoga teacher and member of the U.S. International Pistol Team.

 

 

 

 

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Durga has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details. Durga teaches photography at the Armory Art Center; leads monthly photo-talk-walks at Jonathan Dickinson & MacArthur Beach State Parks; lectures on photography for Artist and Photographic groups; hosts a blog of tips and tricks of the business for photographers and is currently writing a “Your First Photography” book. 

 

 

 

 

"Last Cypress Tree" by Durga Garcia

“Last Cypress Tree” by Durga Garcia

 

 

 

Ms. Garcia states, “I strive to make an image that people want to look at closely. To notice subtle nuances, created with light and shadows. My fine art images rarely show identity, have a timeless quality, with often the unexpected, gestures, textures, emotions and are hopefully thought-provoking.”   

 

 

"As We Are" from Durga Garcia's SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters in New York City

“As We Are” from Durga Garcia’s SOLO Exhibit at NAWA Headquarters in New York City

 

Durga’s work is being highlighted in a SOLO show this March at the N.A.W.A Gallery, 80 Fifth Ave, NYC, March 5 – 28, 2014, titled “As We Are” .  More information about this exhibit is listed below.  She is also taking part  in an International Invitational show, The MALAFOCO PROJECT, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2014.

 

 

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“As We Are,” a solo show of the works of artist Durga Garcia, opened March 5, 2014 in the intimate N.A.W.A. Gallery. The show is an assemblage of Garcia’s conceptual photographic work including her earliest and memorable dark series “Until Ever After,” her ongoing Allegorical series, and a selection of recent conceptual commissioned portraits.  The connecting theme is female figures and earthy tones with subtle shades of meaning, making the images sensuous and often thought-provoking. ” 

“Garcia discloses her mastery of the photographic medium as well as versatile, playful nature. Reflecting the eerie genre of her inspiration sources, these photographs interpret one of the most elaborated themes in art.”    –Art Critic Ana Bambic Kostov, ArtAscent Magazine December 2013

 

 

 When asked how this show came about, Durga tells The Rickie Report: “I was standing in the National Association of Women Artists Gallery last November, looking at their logo, thinking I can (photographicly)  do that!   Three months later, my N.A.W.A logo inspired work is the frontis piece for my first solo show, As We Are, and it is at the       National  Association of Women Artists gallery on 5th Ave in NYC, during the National Association of Women Artists 125th anniversary year!  This really is more than I dreamed of, I am so excited!”

 

 

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Durga Garcia’s “Artisans”

Durga goes on to share, “The image has been titled “Artisans”, although in color for the frontis piece, for the fine art version, it is desaturated it for the more muted tones I enjoy.  The plans for the As We Are show after is closes in NYC, are for the show to travel to Hilton Head SC before exhibiting in Florida”

 

 

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Durga’s work can be seen locally in a current group show at the Amory Art Center, “Faculty Exhibit” Feb 21- March 22, 2014.  In addition,  50 of her portraits of working dogs will be shown at Palm Beach College, “BARK” Invitational Exhibit, Fall, 2014 . The photographer’s website is www.durgagarcia.com

 

Re: “As We Are”-  Solo Exhibition, Durga Garcia  at the  National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (N.A.W.A.) . The exhibit runs through March 28, 2014.  Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 5 pm. The Gallery is located at 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011.  For more information please call 212-675-1616   or e-mail: office@nawa.org

 

 

As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that WAS is involved in and to find out how to participate.

 

Currently the WAS Member Art Show at the Gallery at City Hall features 17 artists and 36 works of art. The Village and Wellington Art Society will host a “Celebrate Creativity” Artists’ Reception  on Tuesday, March 25,from 5:30 –7:00 at the Gallery at City Hall with a demo, Meet the Artists, door prizes, and refreshments. The WAS Member Art Show continues through April 30.

 

The new WAS Members’ Art Showcase beginning March 11, at the Wellington Community Center, lower level is sure to inspire people of all ages who  visit the Community Center. A wide variety of mediums and techniques reveal  the creative artistic expressions and mastery  of our members. The WAS Showcase will continue through mid-June.  Additionally, the Wellington Community Center displays WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated every three months.

 

 

WAS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County. For more information, visit their website, www.wellingtonartsociety.org  or wellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com

 

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

What is Happening at Art Synergy Lake Worth’s ART POP

Sunday, January 26 will be a busy day in Lake Worth.  ART POP, part of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014 is offering the public so many venues and options!  In this article, The Rickie Report shares the details.  From art walks, gallery tours, music, food and artist studio tours, there is something for everyone!

 

 

Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014

Presents

Lake Worth’s ART POP

Sunday, January 26th

Events begin at Noon and vary for each venue

 

Full Schedule of Events and Galleries participating in Art POP:

 

 

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 Art Pop’s main event will be featuring 11 different galleries open to the public located at

1204 Lucerne Avenue

Artists and the Lofts

 

Artists and the Lofts invite you to come and experience a day of Art Loft living.  The walk will include live art demonstrations, assemblage of an air sculpture, musical and dance performances, ceramic creations, handmade drums and custom built furniture. Art Pop’s main event will be featuring 11 different galleries open to the public located at 1204 Lucerne also known as the Urban Arts Lofts (UAL).

 

Celestial Hunter Drums
(1202 Lake Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Live drum exhibition
  • Drums are hand made by the owners

 

Antonio Designs
(1205 Lucerne Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Handmade semi precious stone jewelry
  • Jewelry demonstrations

 

Andrea Lambrakis
(1204 Lucerne Avenue, Floridian Building)

  • Ceramic Art & Paintings

www.andreahellenadesigns.com

 

Yury Darashkevich
(1204 Lucerne Avenue, Floridian Building)

  • Open Exhibit

www.yurydarash.com

 

Unit 1
(1202 Lucerne Avenue, Modern Building)

  • Exhibit opening that day
  • Live music

www.unit1.org

 

Studio C
(1205 Lucerne Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Studio C is a creative furniture and home decor workshop. We artistically customize and design around each client’s vision.

www.ucreativething.com

 

Kristine Yeste
(1202 Lake Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Paintings, prints, and a few stuffed toys
  • Live art toy as people pass by
  • Live music

 

JaiStar Productions
(1205 Lucerne Avenue, Deco Building)

  • Ecstatic Dance event
  • Live Music
  • 12 minute Visionary ART Movie
  • Visionary art collection on canvas (Giclee’s; natural 3-D effects and I have 3-D glasses to view art with)

www.JaiStarStudios.com
www.EcstaticDanceLakeWorth.com

 

Louise Noakes
(1202 Lucerne Avenue, Modern Building)

  • Exhibition of work will include fine art photography and feature “the digital transfer process”.
  • Live demonstrations how this exciting process is done.

 

Nardone
(1202 Lucerne Avenue, Modern Building)

  • Visual artists in Lake Worth focusing on journalistic, real-life film and photography as well as art installations

 

 

 

 

Downtown Lake Worth, long known for its charming eccentricities in art deco architecture, culture and people has opened its arms to a rebirth of some of the finest visual arts, experimental music forms, dance and theater groups. This is reflected in the many locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, vintage shops, and specialty and jewelry stores. 

 

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Open House  Noon – 9 pm

Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro invite you to meet 25 of the Artisans on the Ave, a new Gallery which just opened it’s doors in the heart of downtown Lake Worth!   From pottery, glass, paper art, to one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, visitors will be excited by the choices being offered.  

 

 

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Open   9:00 AM until 10 pm

 

 

 

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 Joyce Brown of Flamingo Clay Studio and Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery has some unique art pieces for the home and for gifts.  One-of-a-kind baskets, wood turned pieces, ceramics, paper mache and jewelry will delight you!  For more information call: 561.588.8344

 

Julia Longwell Fine Art

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 Lake Worth Art League

 

 

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604 Lucerne Avenue

The Lake Worth Art League invites you to their Open House.  Meet local creatives who sell their artwork in Lake Worth and nation-wide.  Here you will find not only paintings of various mediums, but hand made jewelry and unique pocketbooks with an artistic flair!  For more information call 561.586.8666

McMow Art Glass

 

 

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All McMow Art Glass demonstrations will be at Art Pop

throughout the day.

Look for the tent at the Urban Lofts

 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

Fused Glass Demonstrations with McMow Art Glass!

 

Watch as the McMow Masters create melted glass pendants in hot glass kilns.
Learn about the process of fusing as well as the exciting line up of glass
techniques McMow has to offer right here in the heart of Lake Worth!

 

 

McMow Art Glass offers the best in stained glass windows and beveled art
glass, as well as beautiful designs in carved, etched and faceted glass.
Located in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1976 McMow Art Glass also offers
a complete schedule of art glass classes for all levels and interests. Our
experienced teachers will instruct you in many exciting forms of art glass
including fusing or hot glass, mosaic, copper foil and caming techniques.
Join the fun at our 10,000 square foot facility and learn about the
fascinating glass arts!

 

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Already a glass hobbyist? McMow’s retail facility carries the glass industry’s top of the line products. We are also proud to announce our partnership with Bullseye Glass Company – now offering 25% off all Bullseye Products – all day, every day!

 For more information call  561-585-9011

 

 

For information on LULA’s Art Pop check out www.lakewortharts.com or call 561.493.2550

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Help in Understanding How To Proof Printed Color Material

The Rickie Report receives numerous emails and phone calls from readers asking a variety of questions. We’ve invited Caren Hackman, author of “Graphic Design Exposed”, to be a guest columnist to answer some of them.  Today’s topic is how to proof  a color flyer.

 

How Do I Proof a Color Flyer?

Q: I designed a great color flyer. The printer told me that I could “soft proof” the flyer. She sent me a PDF. It looked great. When I received the flyer the colors looked different. Why is that? How can I prevent this from happening?

 

 

A: Your computer display uses a different color system than printed media. The backlit computer display on which you were reviewing the proof shows additive color or RGB. When the red, green and blue light comes together at full strength we see white. The printing ink system uses subtractive color or CMYK. With subtractive color we see the color that is reflected back to us off of the printed surface.

 

 

You cannot prevent the color shift from happening, however, you can prepare for it. Pantone offers a great set of guide books. If you can’t afford them, visit the print shop and view theirs.

 

 

Another cause of color shift is that lower cost print jobs are grouped, or gang printed. To lower printing costs for their customers, printers use the practice of grouping your job onto a large sheet with several other jobs. To insure that all jobs stay within an acceptable color range the press operator may need to make some minor adjustments.

 

I use this printing method to help save clients money. Knowing in advance how the job will be run helps me prepare the press ready files for the greatest degree of success.

 

You need to remember that every computer display shows color differently. 

 

Please send your questions, no more than 250 words to:

rickie @therickiereport.com

 

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of  a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice. www.carenhackman.com  Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork –  Caren is a talented artist in her own right!  She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Caren Hackman Talks About Photographing Your Artwork

The Rickie Report receives numerous emails and phone calls from readers asking a variety of questions. We’ve invited Caren Hackman, author of “Graphic Design Exposed”, to be a guest columnist to answer some of them.  Today’s topic is photographing your 2D artwork.

Photographing Artwork

Q: I photograph my own two dimensional artwork and show it on my website.  Do you have any helpful techniques that can make my photographs look better?
A: After years of experimentation, I’ve found a couple of “sweet spots” outside of my studio where I can set up a tripod and take the best photographs. However, I am not an expert. To assist with a more professional approach I asked photographers John R. Math and Katie Deits for some input. I also found some excellent online sources that are referenced at the end of this article.

John R. Math is the director and operator of the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. Mr. Math is a fine art photographer who sells his work to the corporate art markets. John’s blog was most helpful and I strongly suggest reviewing the eight simple steps and photo editing links that he offers. http://www.lightspacetime.com/art-blog/tips-on-photographing-your-art-the-right-way/

 

Katie is the Director of the Lighthouse Art Center (http://www.lighthousearts.org), and herself a professional photographer and artist.  Katie pointed out that artist spend hours, month, even years creating artwork. When submitting work for display or competition, the same level of attention should be given to photographing the work. Often when work is submitted for art competitions Katie has discovered that the images are out-of-focus, poorly exposed and not straight.
The most important suggestion for artists is to become familiar with ones own camera. Read the camera instruction manual! Below are some other tips that she has offered.
Consider the different temperatures of light.  Many digital cameras have adjustments that allow for the kind of lighting being used. Using the camera’s built in flash may cause a hot spot despite the fact that it can offer a chance to get accurate color.
• Use a tripod. Set it up so that the 2-D object is perfectly parallel to the lens surface
• Photograph at the highest resolution possible.
• Analyze the environment. If you’ll be photographing work outdoors on an overcast day the light will be cool and the work may look blue. Will the color of the walls in the room reflect on the artwork?
• Use a photographer’s color separation chart (made by Tiffen). Place the chart next to the art and include in the photograph. Adjust the color in a digital photo editing program.
• Take care with reflections. Only photograph artwork with glass after studying special techniques that will assist in avoiding reflections.
• Learn to use a photo editing program such as Photoshop or Photoshop elements
Two helpful resources:

 

Please send your questions, no more than 250 words to:

rickie @therickiereport.com

 

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of  a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice. http://www.carenhackman.com/book/Graphic Design Exposed  Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork –  Caren is a talented artist in her own right!  She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

The Eye Behind The Camera: Barry Seidman

The Rickie Report is pleased to share a series of discussions with well known local professional photographer, Barry Seidman.  Entering Seidman’s studio, one is flooded with images of images, props, equipment, a working jukebox that plays 45’s and an instant sense of curiosity mixed with excitement.

 

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Barry’s attention to minute details has garnered him accolades as a person who has influenced American culture.  Until eight years ago, Seidman and his wife, Mary Ann, lived in the fast paced New York advertising community. 

Barry Seidman talks about his exhibit at the Harris Private Bank

 

Barry’s advertisements include Levi’s Jeans, Smirnoff Vodka, Panasonic, Coca Cola.  His expertise has long been sought out by movie stars and celebrities for not only print media campaigns, but videos as well. He has won every possible industry award including Clios, Tellys, Addys, and the Art Directors Club.  His generosity within the community is legendary. He served on the Board of To Make The World A Better Place ( a national photographic and literacy mentoring program).

Mary Ann and Barry Seidman

TRR:  How did you get started?

BS:  As a child, I would carefully arrange my vegetables and food around my plate.  One of my uncles would chide me and suggest I take a picture so it would last longer!  I guess I took him up on it! “I actually ended up making a living by taking pictures of food,” he says, showing us a bag of props like fake ice cubes and what looks like a puddle of newly spilled milk.

Seidman’s first job was in 1978 in an advertising firms’ mail room.  Later he moved to the mat room and soon was assistant to the art director.  One day someone came in and asked if anyone knew how to use the camera that was in the office.  Barry didn’t, but he tried and he became the internal house photographer!   While he had never worked professionally with a camera before, he was paid $75 for a photo of a soap product.  He is mostly self taught and has a collection of every shoot he has done since then.  “I love what I do!”

 

TRR:  How did you come to Palm Beach, FL?

BS:  Mary Ann and I needed to get away from the rat race and when we visited this area, we fell in love with it.  “The atmosphere is family-friendly and down-to-earth”.  They moved here in 2004 and not one to retire, Barry became involved in the Palm Beach Cultural Council and Lighthouse ArtCenter.  “I liked being able to work on my own terms and explore other avenues of my craft for myself”.

 

TRR:  You have a lot of quotes written on pieces of paper in your studio.  Can you tell us about them?
 BS:  My favorite is by Marcel  Proust:”The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but having new eyes”.  My eyes have seen many landscapes, both real and engineered.  He explains that a newly poured drink in a glass can be a landscape as one watches it sweat.  Or as the lemon peel slowly drifts into the eddy as it is stirred.  Another quote Barry shares is from his high school year book, “Life takes you where you don’t expect”.

 

TRR:  You mentioned that you still take commercial work.  How do you find a balance?

 

BS:  I take less work now than I used to.  Mary Ann and I are enjoying life.  When we go on a trip, I am always bringing back artifacts and using them to create new photographs.  We came home from Sante Fe schlepping twenty-five bags of rocks.  Good thing we drove!  His geological series, “Tagged” reminds us of totems and trail markers.  Barry will not tell you what their meanings are.  That is for each individual person to decide for themselves.

 

“Tagged” Series

TRR:  There is a hypersensitivity in your photographs.  You make us notice the minutea as well as the bigger picture.

BS:  I tend to be methodical as I look at objects.  Each one is mesmerizing in its own right.  I try to understand relationships and I love having the ability to take stuff I find on the side of the road and see it with a different view point.  “You make a picture.  You don’t take a picture”  he explains.

 

TRR:  The equipment has certainly changed since you started this adventure.

BS:  I have to laugh when I think about all of the equipment I would lug around.  I still take different cameras and filters but instead of all of those rolls of film, I can take 900 photos with these small discs.  He shows us a 2″x 4″ plastic container with hard drive discs that he will be taking on his next vacation in Italy.  ” The equipment doesn’t really matter. Anything can be made into a picture. I use photo shop as a tool, just as an oil painter uses a brush to create his image on canvas”.

Archival film: A Thing of the Past

TRR: Your photos evoke so many questions: How did you catch the ice splash in that cocktail glass?  How did you make the smoke trails look like naked women modeling for you?

 

Inside the Studio

BS: Nothing is random. Everything is well planned. That said, imagination starts to help me see things that were never there.  I take liberties by using digital augmentation.  This permits me to enhance the truth of images.

TRR: If our readers do an Internet search of Barry Seidman, they will find television interviews where he shares his secret to making bubbles stay where he wants them in a glass of wine (a fine dropper of Dawn dish liquid). His comedic style puts everyone at ease.  Seidman can share dozens of techniques for preparing food for the camera.  We are personally taken with his Paper Bag series. 

 

These bubbles are not random!

TRR: What advise do you give to young people who are interested in photography?

BS: Take one good, thoughtful roll of film.  Be good at what you do and do it as perfectly as you can.  Don’t judge someone by one picture.  You may have a preconceived idea, but be open to others. Do not rely on trends.  Be true to yourself.

TRR: Barry Seidman’s current exhibit, New Eyes, at the Harris Private Bank in West Palm Beach is a compilation of his fine-art photographic series and represents the latest illustrative book, a photo biography of sorts, New Eyes.  It is a limited edition, signed and numbered book which  pulls you back to page after page of breathlessness and beautyTell us more about a photo biography:

 

“New Eyes” and Author/Photographer Barry Seidman

As one of the top, recognized still-life photographers in the country, Seidman’s autobiography is a compilation of photographs taken from the thousands of images he has photographed over the course of his career.  

“This book is a reflection of who I am, as an artist and a person, through my work over the last few decades,” Seidman said.

The book’s title New Eyes is inspired by Seidman’s favorite quote by Marcel Proust which reads: “The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”  Throughout the book Seidman’s masterful technique and keen eye focuses on common objects seen in his unique way.

“I want others to see the object the way I see it. The details are compelling and draw the viewer in – they become a landscape, to walk inside and examine.”

Bloomers

The book opens with one of my most popular series, Bloomers, which when seen in person is gallery-wrapped on canvas and more than eight feet in length.  Other series take organic subjects, and through anthropomorphism, create relationships between them. This is seen with vegetables in Hot Peppers and flowers in Anthurium.  My newest series Handscapes, magnifies images of the hand until they become ambiguous abstractions, created by the curves, shapes and textures.

 

“New Eyes” with Different Lenses

As one can see the development of an artist through a retrospective in a gallery, New Eyes offers the viewer the same opportunity to see Seidman’s work all in one place…at one time. It is an opportunity to explore examples of his entire body of work with “New Eyes.”   For more information please call: 561-630-5745, visit www.barryseidman.com or contact the Lighthouse ArtCenter at 561-746-3101.

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