Amidst all the madness this summer, I did manage to do a tiny bit of personal work. For the last year or so I have worked to create a haven for our resident Anna’s Hummingbirds and the occasional Rufous. They have rewarded me with endless aerial acrobatics, unnervingly close encounters and even work to pollinate fruits and veggies in the garden. On top of all that, they even pose for the camera every now and again, not even flinching when I stand on a table a few feet away with an enormous lens trained on them.
Here’s a quick update on February’s pet portrait project. I finally got a chance to visit NWVS yesterday and was honestly blown away. They had 53 of the images I shot enlarged – many of them 24″x 36″ – and mounted on hardboard and they are now hanging all over the hospital. In fact, when I walked in the door yesterday, the always friendly reception team shouted, “There she is! Welcome to your gallery!”
It is actually pretty rare that once the images/prints have made it into clients’ hands that I get to see what becomes of them. And even when I do get to see a print hanging on the wall, it’s typically only one or two images. So to walk into a public space and be greeted by more than a dozen larger than life images I made was rather arresting. Although I have had a couple of solo shows, each was only 10-12 pieces and because I did all of the selection, matting and framing, I was kind of “over it” by the time the show opened. In NWVS’s case, they did the selection (though they did ask me for input and for my favorite images, which was lovely), ordered the enlargements from a local lab and then had the mounting done at another local shop. It has been nearly 2 months since I’ve worked with the images themselves, so there was enough separation that I actually had to remind myself that I had shot them!
My favorite part about the display itself is that they made a point of hanging the staffers’ pet’s portrait in the area where that person worked most often… The receptionists’ pets are right behind the reception desk. The doctors’ images are right outside and/or inside their exam rooms, etc. What a wonderful thing to do for a wonderful staff!
If you have a pet emergency, need a vet, need a veterinary specialist, or just want to see the images in person, get yourself (and your pet!) to VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, 16756 Southeast 82nd Drive, Clackamas, OR 97015 (503) 656-3999. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will take great care of you and your beloved pet.
I am close to wrapping up what has got to be the most fun photo project to date. Shooting 33 pets in two days puts it high in the ambition list as well! A project for Northwest Veterinary Specialists, we set up and shot 11 cats and 22 dogs, all owned by hospital staff for their image library and lobby artwork. To see the highlights, check out the Dog Galleries and the Cat Galleries. Many thanks to Crystal for the assist and all the devoted pet lovers who helped make the shoots happen and go smoothly!
The Ex-Girlfriends Club was the “opening” act of the Trypotophan Jam at the Someday Lounge the day after Thanksgiving. But in terms of energy and intensity they pretty much stole the show! They are a super fun band to photograph, and really nice to boot. I expect we’ll be seeing more of each other in the future. Check them out live!