The April issue of New Mexico Magazine, currently on the news stands, features images from the advertising and marketing video that was created by StoryPortrait Media last year for Southwest Spanish Craftsmen. I am thrilled that New Mexico Magazine saw that video and decided to run a feature story on the traditional craftsmanship of early Spanish settlers in northern New Mexico, and the continuation of that legacy and artistry through Southwest Spanish Craftsmen.

Centuries-old Spanish Colonial woodworking traditions, still strong in New Mexico!

The beauty of working with stills, video, and audio to tell stories, is the freedom those stories have to travel in the realm of radio, video, print, and of course online distribution channels, reaching audiences near and far.

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One of the joys of my job is meeting new people, and then immediately spending quality time with them asking questions, diving into their life stories, and listening for truths and experiences that inspire and explain.

People share stories of all types, and sometimes those that seem the most “simple”, are surprisingly profound. Molly’s gift from her mother, of a blue sewing basket when she was a child, still brings up the most emotional of memories, “I was one of a family of nine, being poor didn’t bother me because everybody was poor except the very rich. One of the things I’ll never forget… When I was little I never got a birthday present and I asked my mother one day “Why don’t I get a birthday present?” She said “You’ll get a Christmas present and that’s your birthday present too.” The next time I had a birthday she bought me a beautiful blue sewing basket. So I could have cried because I don’t know how she paid for it. I kept it until it fell apart. That was my favorite always.”

Of course, I record all of these conversations, and provide a disk of audio stories, transcription and images to the family, leaving them an audio portrait of their loved one that will continue to increase in value and sentiment over time.

Over 600 people came out to Verve Gallery of Photography on January 20th to see the work of four local photographers and show their support for the Photo Archives at the New Mexico History Museum. The exhibition has raised $9,000 of it’s $10,000 goal, with about two weeks remaining.

We just did a live interview today on KBAC, 98.1, Radio Free Santa Fe, about the Fundraiser, listen to the podcast here.

Information about the Exhibition and Participating Photographers:

VERVE Gallery of Photography is pleased to present a very special exhibition to raise funds in support the Photo Archives of the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. VERVE Gallery and the New Mexico photographers in this exhibition recognize the importance of the Photo Archives and the archive’s need for funds to support its mission: the preservation of a unique collection of over 800,000 items of the region’s photographic history. The photographic collection at the Photo Archives “focuses on the history and people of New Mexico and the expansion of the West; anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology of Hispanic and Native American cultures.” The Archives is open to the public and has a searchable online database of images available in its digitized collections. VERVE’s and the photographers’ goal in this exhibition is to raise $10,000 in support of the Photo Archives.

Four local Santa Fe artists have been invited to participate: Herbert A. Lotz, Jane Phillips, David Robin, and Genevieve Russell. Each photographer has offered portrait sessions to local individuals or families for a direct tax-deductible contribution to the Photo Archives. In addition to portrait commissions, each artist was invited to exhibit their own work. The work will be available for sale. All proceeds from the sale of their artwork will be divided equally between the photographers and the Photo Archives.

Herbert A. Lotz has been a respected photographer in the Santa Fe community for over 40 years. Herb is a commercial photographer, making portraits and photographing the works of local artists. Lotz’s portrait commissions in support of this fundraiser include that of Ana Pacheco, founder and publisher of La Herencia magazine from 1994-2009. In 2004 Pacheco was the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for outstanding women of New Mexico. Herb Lotz will be exhibiting his own work. That work consists of Santa Fe luminaries such as Fine Art for Children and Teens’ founder Juliet Myers, Ceramic artist and author Rick Dillingham, and gallerist James Kelly.

Herbert Lotz was born in Illinois in 1944. He was raised in a small farming community south of Chicago. He was given his first camera, a Kodak Brownie, at the age of six and the photographs that he took foretold his future. He was accepted and entered The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in a joint degree program with the University of Chicago to study painting. However, after enrolling in a survey course in photography Herb changed his major to photography. In 1967, while working and attending school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was trained as a radio/teletype operator. Thereafter, he was sent to the war in South Viet Nam. Herb was detached from his signal corps. unit and assigned to the 25th Infantry Brigade at Cu Chi in the so-called Iron Triangle. While there, in his off duty time, he photographed life at the base camp. When he finished his tour in the Army in 1969, Herb moved to New Mexico to start a new life.
Juliet Myers, 1987, 12 x 12″ Silver Gelatin PrintJames Kelly, 1994, 12 x 12″ Silver Gelatin Print

Jane Phillips has more than twenty years of experience as a photojournalist. For the past sixteen years she has been a staff photographer at the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. For this exhibition, Jane’s portraits include local artists, Nance & Ramon Jose Lopez; County Clerk, Valerie Espinoza; New Mexican farmer, Matt Romero; and, Acequia Madre Elementary student, Rebeccah Lucy Peshlakai. Her personal work in the exhibition are selected images that reflect pivotal moments in her career: images, such as, a ten-year-old boy taking a cigarette break at a county fair in southern New Mexico to spending time with the peoples of Africa.

Jane Phillips earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she was born and raised. Her work experience includes New York Newsday, New York Times, New York Post, UPI and both the Maine and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Throughout her career she has traveled extensively and photographed a wide range of people from the anonymous to the world-renowned. She’s captured, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Edward Kennedy Robert Redford, Juan Hamilton, Sam Shepard, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gladys Night, Ray Charles, among many others. Chosen from more than 1100 entries worldwide, her photograph, “Cigarette Break” garnered first prize in the Santa Fe Center for Photography, Singular Image Color Category in 2005. She was a finalist for the prestigious New Mexico Arts Tamarind Institute grant, 2010.

Conehead, 13 x 19″ Archival Pigment Ink PrintCigarette Break 13 x 19″ Archival Pigment Ink Print
courtesy of Jane Phillips / The New Mexican

David Robin began his career as a chief fashion photographer for a major national retailer where David honed the skills necessary to become a professional commercial photographer. David Robin will be exhibiting his personal work from the series the Les Rêves Des Rois / Dreams of the Kings, images taken at the Palace of Versailles and the châteaux of the Loire. This collection of images was created by David as evidence of the aesthetic dreams and visions of Françoise I and Louis XIV (The Sun King) of France. The body of work speaks to their indelible impact on our collective visual conscience.

After college, David apprenticed for some of the world’s leading photographers. Early in his career he served as a master printer for the likes of Irving Penn and others. David is now known for his mastery of the black and white silver print. David Robin’s commercial work can be seen in everything from CD packaging, advertising campaigns, editorial spreads and book covers to fine art galleries and installations. He has received numerous professional awards for his commercial work for such clients as Levi Strauss, The Gap, Blue Note Records, Sony, BMG Records and Norwegian Cruise Lines. David also pursues self-directed projects that reflect his personal vision. His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Four years ago David Robin traded the sounds of Manhattan, his home for the last ten years, for the quiet beauty of Northern New Mexico.
Topiary, Versailles, 14 1/2 x 14 1/2″ Archival Pigment Ink PrintFountain, Versailles, 14 1/2 x 14 1/2″ Archival Pigment Ink Print

Genevieve Russell’s work as a photographer and as a visual storyteller is grounded in community documentary projects that seek to highlight people making a difference. She works to call out not the crisis, but the compassion, beauty, imagination, and possibility of people, places and things. Russell’s portrait commissions include photographing the owners of VERVE Gallery, Jenna and Wilson Scanlan, and their children. In addition to being active in the arts, the Scanlans are committed to education, immigrant rights, and social justice. Russell has also photographed Wendy Borger and Halid Hatic, owners of Spandarama Yoga Studio and Rasa Juice Bar / Ayurveda and Juliana and Daniel Coles, both community organizers, and their children. Russell’s personal work in the exhibition includes work from a trip the artist made with the Bali Art Project, an organization that gives Santa Fe area High School juniors the opportunity to travel and experience a culture different from their own by traveling to Bali. The work in this series is titled, An Offering, that the artist describes as “…simple pictures; daily meditations found along the path. Each image is a personal memento, a message, an offering…”

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Genevieve Russell has lived and worked in Santa Fe for over eleven years. She founded StoryPortrait Media to create short films and multimedia pieces that educate, engage, empower and inspire. StoryPortrait Media collaborates creatively with non-profits, small businesses and artists committed to making a positive impact, both socially and environmentally. She has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the College of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Community College. She currently serves as the photographer for Santa Fe Living Treasures and is on the Kitchen Cabinet of the Santa Fe Time Bank. She has two feature length documentary film projects underway, The Bali Art Project and In Search of Home.
Create, Offering Series, 2010, 12 x 12″ Archival Pigment Ink PrintIntention, Offering Series, 2010, 12 x 12″ Archival Pigment Ink Print

I am really excited to share a new project! In Search of Home is the personal story of a dear friend and colleague, Christine Jawski. When I first met Christine, I asked her one of those basic questions, so “Where are you from?” – It’s a question we commonly ask upon meeting. “Where are you from?” Why is this question so fundamental? Why is the answer so important to placing ourselves, and understanding something essential about ourselves? This question brings joy to some, a real sense of nostalgia and story, and heartache to others. Christine receives this question all of the time, due to an accent that isn’t quite placeable, beautiful green eyes, strong features, bronzed skin… and it’s a question that, while she has the formulaic answer for, she struggles to answer.

In Search of Home
is a documentary film, now in production, that seeks to answer what seems to be a basic question, but the layers of knowing, are many. Christine was adopted from Chile at a very young age. Brought to the United States and was raised in New York, with a new identity, one that she appreciates, but doesn’t always identify with. She has never returned to Chile, although, the longing has been life long. Finally, there is no other way to continue, without at least trying to put a few pieces of her fragmented history back together. What will that journey be like? What will is solve? What will it resolve? This story of finding home is at once personal, and universal.

We need your help to make that journey. There is currently a campaign launched on IndiGoGo, where you can watch this trailer and make a contribution.

Christine is committed to being an advocate for all adopted and displaced children and individuals in the world. Her story will be one that resonates with many. Help us bring that story forward.
I am honored to be working on this project as Co-Director and Director of Photography. We are hoping to travel to Chile in February of 2012 to look for Christine’s family, and touch the landscape where she was born. Thanks for your support!

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  • Chris Barber - This is a very interesting introduction to the project — it strikes me that many images are about leaving: walking away from the camera, packing, even the wedding dress scene appears to be able leaving life in one way (and of course entering life in another way). The child working on the “home” drawing really anchors the introduction, in my opinion. I’m looking forward to seeing more!

I have to admit, the Santa Fe Waldorf School made me viscerally miss childhood. It’s such a complex and potentially beautiful experience transitioning from a young person, excited to discover and explore, into an adult, ready to step into the world as an engaged individual participating in community. There are many paths and possibilities in this journey of becoming. The educational, spiritual, cultural, musical path offered at Waldorf really resonated with me personally. It was an honor to observe classroom discussions, musical and theatrical performances, and participate in numerous conversations with students, teachers and administration.

The multimedia piece produced for the Santa Fe Waldorf School will help the school tell it’s unique story and serve to continually invite a diverse and strong student body to the PreK through High School experience. Enjoy, and visit the Santa Fe Waldorf School!

A short introduction:

The long 12 minute version:

Special thanks to Shelene Bridge, editor extraordinaire, and Brenda Kelley, cinematographer and friend, for collaborating with me on this project.

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