Portraits for a cause!
Santa Fe Photographers, Verve Gallery and the Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors/ New Mexico History Museum have joined forces in a community fundraising effort. Four photographers, including myself, will be helping the Archives to raise a goal of $10,000 in support of conservation and rehousing of photograph’s in the archives permanent collection. It’s such a beautiful collaborative effort, I wanted to share the fundraising idea. The exchange: each photographer will offer portrait sessions to individuals or families for a $250 direct tax-deductible contribution to the Archives (there is also an additional material fee), and in return receive a tax deduction, select images from the shoot, a print from the exhibition, a featured spot in the exhibition, and a huge thank you from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

If you would like a portrait session for a great community cause, please be in touch!

Momentous. Complex. Extraordinary. Elegant. Those are a few of the words that come to mind when I think about both Jamey Stillings and the Bridge at Hoover Dam. And, now the two are historically linked in this photographic project.

It always an honor for me to sit down with people and ask them questions about subjects they love. In this case the interview themes were design, art, creativity, risk, pursuit, vision. Enjoy hearing from a curator, an engineer, a photographer about a remarkable project of our times.

Many thanks to Jamey, and team, for collaborating with StoryPortrait Media on creating this video for the Phoenix Art Museum.

For more information about Jamey’s current exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, August 13 – December 4th, click here. You will also see the trailer to the multimedia piece, edited by Shelene Bridge (sweet coincidence, eh?)

To see more of Jamey Stillings’ work, visit his websites:
The Bridge at Hoover Dam
Jamey Stillings Photography

  • Marcus Delgado - Lovely film, Genevieve. Jamey’s project still continues to impress me. The sheer scale of it alone is so massive, it makes my personal projects seem almost insignificant. But it also gives me the confidence that I can pursue an idea, no matter how daunting it may seem. I enjoyed the interspersing of dialogue with the pictures. Even the architect was impressed with the photos! I also liked how you focused in on part of the photos to demonstrate Jamey’s incredible attention to small details–something that could have been easily forgotten when taking on such a project.

  • admin - Thanks so much Marcus! And, great to hear from you. How is the creative life in Atlanta? I would love to see some of your new work. Warmest regards, Genevieve

Filmmakers, mentors, and friends, Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson of Philomath Films, just finished the production stage of their feature length documentary film, currently titled “Still Dreaming”. I had the great fortune to join them at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ for the final two weeks of rehearsal and the grand performance of Shakespeare’s, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Being there with them and the “retired” performers was amazing on many levels.

One underlying question of the documentary, “What is the role and value of creativity and the creative process throughout life? ”
A group of thirteen residents from the home, varied in age and health challenges, all overcame obstacles, to come together and find and tell the story of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The documentary and the play, brought a life and energy into lives that have in some cases, slowed down. It was quite a change of pace from routine retirement home activity, to be “on stage” again. And, it was a change of pace for me, to spend time with a community of elders, and filmmakers.

I was instantly engaged, moved, and inspired by this group of people.

And, yes, this process is going to be a documentary film, one that I know I will watch over and over again.

The fabulous, tireless husband/ wife documentary team, Hank and Jilann:

To keep up to date on the production of the film, head over to Facebook and join the “Still Dreaming” fan club, by clicking HERE.
To hang out with Hank and Jilann, as teachers and guides who are committed to helping others make their documentary films, visit DocuMentors

  • Chris Barber - What a wonderful project! Thanks very much for doing this and for posting the photos: this is why I respect you so much as an artist and teacher!

  • Alberto Mejia Manrique - Dear Mr. Hank Rogerson:

    My name is Alberto Mejia, Director of Audiovisual Communication and Interactive Media at UPC. Santa Fe University send us a team to teach four workshops. One of them is The Documentary Film and you are in charge of this workshop.

    I’d like to keep in touch, so please send me a sylabus (program) and a resume to talk to our students.

    Thanks a lot.
    Alberto Mejia Manrique

Just finished from a week of teaching Photographing People at the Santa Fe Workshops. It was a week of personalities, stories, and happenings – as you would expect with people as a photographic subject. I think one of the greatest challenges as a photographer is developing your photographic style; knowing how to take all the possibilities and make a choice. For example, does your vision include placing artificial lights, or working with natural light? Do you wish to ask the person of interest for permission to photograph them or shoot “from the hip”. Do you tilt the camera, or align everything with horizontal or vertical angles? The options are endless. We constantly make choices with our camera, with our emotions, with our head and heart, and the culmination of those choices, over time, become our photographic style.

A workshop week forces you to question your approach, or solidify it, it forces you to find your safety zone and see if you can push or extend your own personal boundaries. Our class stayed “natural” this week, using available light and looking for authentic moments. Here is a peak at their week.

As always, thanks to my students for the adventure in teaching, and discovering.

Southwest Spanish Craftsmen is a custom furniture company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Steeped in the history of the state, this furniture is a living testament to and reminder of the work and artistry of days gone by. StoryPortrait Media recently teamed up with the Carpinteros at Southwest Spanish Craftsmen to create a video about their craft. This piece will be used to share the story of the furniture with clients and visitors to the store.

To learn more about Southwest Spanish Craftsmen, visit their website and stop by their wood shop and showroom on your next drive through Santa Fe.
The Eight Carpinteros that carry on the tradition of Santa Fe style woodworking.

Special thanks to all the Craftsmen, Kurt and Eric Faust, Keith Gorges, Lynne Kasselman and Rubina Cohen at Southwest Spanish Craftsmen for their collaboration!

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