Category: Personal

Letting the World In

Holy crap! I opened my kimono!

I didn’t realize it till I saw the project brief’s interpretation by the other 12 international female artists. Sublime. Ephemeral. Abstract.


A literal interpretation of the Worldwide WoMansion brief: curate a room of my life during Covid -19.


Oh well.

Here it is. What I did and how I did it – in my personal space with my favorite Pjs.

I was at a different location for the stricter first lockdown. These self-portraits combine my feelings of both locations as I go through a second restricted curfewed lockdown.

At one level, it felt like there was no need to groom. You could go all day and all night in the same clothes. On another level, there was a sense of slowing down. My chats with those near and far were more like a relaxed Sunday afternoon. From here, I could reach out to the world and curate the pieces of the world I would let in. Inevitably, there were just moments of frustration.


Chat, sleep, rinse, repeat.

I am calmer for the second time around. If nothing else, I get a chance to organize and edit images that have been long neglected. I could strep up to do this WoMansion project. This time around I’m by myself, moving freely within my tiny space.

Catch me here: Carmen and Covid 

Dave and David 3 of 8

Carmen-Blike-II-Eustace-2He wandered into my studio unannounced.
He willingly sat for my light testing. A client session would begin shortly.
It was Oct. 17, 2009.

Fast forward.

Last minute scramble to submit my assignment of a David Eustace-inspired environmental portrait. Eustace has been referred to as Scotland’s secret weapon, the only non-American invited to participate in USA Network’s Photographic Celebration of America’s Characters.  His photography is simple and clean and compelling, something to integrate into my style of “seeing”.

My son Dave’s “In From the Cold” portrait reminded me of Eustace’s style in his Greene Street Project.

Voila! Homework done.

Mediterranean Moonrise

Mediterranean Moonrise

It is easy to take for granted what we frequently see.  Last night, I invited myself to photograph the evening light; if just for a short while.  Took my tripod and my wide-angle lens.  Didn’t shoot many.

I love to look at the light, to shoot it but I don’t like selecting and editing images afterward.  This time I made a point of picking one and working on it.  It has nothing to do with portraits but I like.

She Tried

Mother birthday

My Mother

Today would have been my mother’s 95th birthday.  She passed before I became a portrait photographer.  Although she was a single working mother she managed to have professional portraits made.  I have her to thank for the few childhood  images I have today.  Feliz cumpleaños Mami.

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