A casual drive on a country road led me to a chance encounter with the furry and feathered subjects of my Blue Ribbon series. Initially catching my eye were small lambs that were clumsily running and jumping their way around a large pasture; occasionally stopping to check to make sure they were still within sight of their mother. What I didn’t realize was that a neighbor had been watching me from inside her home and came outside to investigate the stranger wandering around with a camera. That chance meeting resulted in a new friendship with repeated visits to the farm to photograph the family’s small animals being lovingly raised as part of their involvement in the 4-H organization. Club members actively participate in their communities through a variety of projects, only one of which is raising livestock to show at state and county fairs. The Blue Ribbon series was shot in natural light using a handheld camera. Note to self: farm animals are not interested in holding still, let alone being photographed.
Lake Oswego, OR
After a wonderful thirty-five year career as an illustrator/graphic designer, I am pursuing my passion of fine art and photography. The pursuit has been rewarded with multiple international awards in the past year. Most notable is the First Place Award from the 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards). Black & White Magazine also presented me with two Gold Awards for their 2012 Single Image Competition.