Jayne Marek – Textures of Earth and Water

Jayne Marek
Textures of Earth and Water

Jayne Marek feels that her ‘designs should be balanced — not set in the centre, necessarily, but using well-distributed optical elements. I use mostly natural subject matter to achieve visual ambiguities, often through abstraction, to explore how objective reality can be perceived in multiple ways. I also emphasize designs by using bright or unexpected colours and by experimenting with exposures. Readers can take a closer look and enjoy patterns or shapes that might otherwise go unnoticed’. A Nikon Coolpix set at ISO 400 and 64 respectively was used for the first two photos. A Nikon D90 at ISO 200 was used for the last. None used flash.

Birch Oracle, Jayne Marek, photograph, May 2009

Colorblock Reflections, Jayne Marek, photograph, March 2011

Candy Pebbles, Jayne Marek, photograph, March 2012

Peter E. Murphy – Open

Peter E. Murphy
Open

The SS United States was the largest, fastest and most luxurious ship to cross the Atlantic. It served between 1952 and 1969 when cheap airfares made it redundant. Stripped to the guts, it is docked by the Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia waiting to be scrapped, or with a billion-dollar investment, to be repurposed as a museum, hotel, or small city. ‘Open’ is from a series of photographs called Beautiful Decay taken onboard with an iPhone 6s on a sunny day in December 2017.

Open, Peter E. Murphy, photograph, 2017

Bob Ward – Tree Trunk with Coins

Bob Ward
Tree Trunk with Coins, Keswick, UK

In the British Isles, there is an ancient custom of putting coins into tree trunks or wooden boards for good luck or to heal or ward off disease. Perhaps the most famous of these trees is in the Isle de Marie in Scotland where Queen Victoria placed a penny in the bark of a tree some believed healed illnesses. (Other healing powers related to the island included being able to cure insanity, but this involved rowing the insane thrice around the island and dunking them thrice in the cold waters before a coin was placed in the tree’s bark). Whatever its origins and its reasons, the custom of putting coins into tree trunks or boards continues to this day. The photograph below is of a tree trunk in Keswick, UK.

Tree Trunk with Coins, Keswick, UK, Bob Ward, photograph, 2017

Rink Foto – Harvey Milk Club/Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade

Rink Foto
Harvey Milk Democratic Club Contingent/Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade

Critiqued as a gay activist masquerading as a journalist, Rink Foto has photographed San Francisco’s LGBT community since 1969. His photographs have been published in more than 40 books and in three Academy Award winning films. Below is a photo of the Harvey Milk Gay Democratic Club contingent in the 1982 Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade. The Milk Club is named in memory of Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay US politician, who was assassinated along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, in November 1979.

Harvey Milk Gay Democratic Club contingent, 1982 Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade, Rink Foto, photograph, 1982. L. to r. holding flags, Bryan R. Monte and Paul Melbostad; in car, San Francisco City and County Supervisor Harry Britt, US Congressman Phil Burton and driver, Bob Ross; under banner in jacket, John Bardis; far right, Ron Huberman.

Bryan R. Monte – Two of My Favourite Places

Two of My Favourite Places
by Bryan R. Monte

Below are two of my favourite places for contemplation, one in Amsterdam and the other closer to home. The first is just a few canals east of the University of Amsterdam’s ancient gate on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal. The Groenburgwal is a quiet, 17th century canal in Amsterdam with a view of the Zuiderkerk’s spire. The second photo is of the 19th century Beershoten-Willinkshof Park and Cupola in Driebergen-Rijnsburg, a place of rest for the eyes and soul not more than a few minutes walk from the neighbouring railway station.

Bryan R. Monte, Groenburgwal, Amsterdam, photograph, 2013.

 

Bryan R. Monte, Beerschoten-Willinkshof Park and Cupola, Driebergen-Rijnsburg, The Netherlands, photograph, 2011

Bryan R. Monte – Animals Close to Home

Animals Close to Home
by Bryan R. Monte

Although he is best known as a writer and an editor, Bryan R. Monte has a photography collection which covers nearly 50 years. It includes not only photos of San Franciscan artists and writers such as Jerome Caja as a young boy scout and Steve Abbott as a middle-aged man, but also landscapes of the many places he has lived. Two of these landscapes include animals close to home. The first is of a wild deer in the Cleveland, Ohio Metroparks, less than two miles from Monte’s former family home. The second is of a parking lot in Holmes County, Ohio with a line of horse-drawn Amish buggies, within a short drive of his father’s birthplace.

Bryan R. Monte, Deer, Cleveland, Ohio Metroparks, photo, 2016

Bryan R. Monte, Amish Parking Lot, Holmes County, Ohio, photo, 2015

Dianne Kellogg – Unusual Animals

Unusual Animals
by Dianne Kellogg

Dianne Kellogg is a rural, Northeastern Ohio photographer and artist, who enjoys capturing the sights of her area along with those from her annual winter migration to warmer climes. Below are four examples of her photography of animals from near and far that are both close and far away from home. In the third photo, the trumpeter swan has a red head due to the iron-rich water.

Dianne Kellogg, Cows in the Creek, Geauga County, Ohio, photograph, 2016

Dianne Kellogg,
Butterfly on a Beam, Costa Rica Exhibit, Cleveland Botanical Garden, photograph, 2016

Dianne Kellogg, Trumpeter Swan, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio, photograph, 2016

Dianne Kellogg, Iguana, Costa Rica Exhibit, Cleveland Botanical Garden, photograph, 2016

Rink Foto & Bryan R. Monte – Photos of Harold Norse

Harold Norse was a seminal figure in San Francisco’s poetry scene from the early 1970s to his death in 2009. In New York in the 1940s he befriended W.H. Auden and William Carlos Williams. In the 1950s, he lived for five years in Italy. In the early 1960s, he worked with Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs on his “cut-up” technique in Paris. He became engaged in the gay liberation scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s when he moved to San Francisco.

Norse’s most important books include Carnivorous Saints: Gay Poems 1941-1976 (Gay Sunshine Press, 1977), Beat Hotel, (Atticus Press, 1983), Memoirs of a Bastard Angel (William Morrow, 1989) and collected poems, In the Hub of the Fiery Force, Collected Poems of Harold Norse 1934-2003, (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003).

Below are photos by Rink Foto and Bryan R. Monte which captured Norse in San Francisco at cafes and readings during the ’70 & ’80s.

Harold Norse 1917-2009. Portrait © Rink Foto. All rights reserved.

Harold Norse 1916-2009. Photo © Rink Foto. All rights reserved.

 

Gay Writers at Café Flore, San Francisco, April 1984. Left to right: Jim Holmes, Harold Norse, Phil Willkie, Bryan Monte & Steve Abbott. Photo copyright © 1984 by Rink Foto. All rights reserved.

Gay Writers at Café Flore, San Francisco, April 1984. Left to right: Jim Holmes, Harold Norse, Phil Willkie, Bryan R. Monte & Steve Abbott. Photo copyright © 1984 by Rink Foto. All rights reserved.

 

Five men at Café Flore, San Francisco, April 1984. Left to right: Phil Willkie, Jim Holmes, unidentified man, Steve Abbott and Harold Norse. Photo © 1984 by Bryan R. Monte. All rights reserved.

Five men at Café Flore, San Francisco, April 1984. Left to right: Phil Willkie, Jim Holmes, unidentified man, Steve Abbott and Harold Norse. Photo copyright © 1984 by Bryan R. Monte. All rights reserved.

 

No Apologies #2 Reading, Newspace, San Francisco, May 1984. Harold Norse, front, Steve Abbott, left front. Photo copyright © 1984 by Bryan R. Monte. All rights reserved.

No Apologies #2 Reading, Newspace, San Francisco, May 1984. Harold Norse, front, Steve Abbott, left front. Photo copyright © 1984 by Bryan R. Monte. All rights reserved.

Dianne Kellogg – Summer Landscapes

Summer Landscapes
by Dianne Kellogg

Dianne Kellogg has a B.A. from Hiram College. She studied watercolour under Florian Lawton and has worked as a muralist and interior decorator. She lives on a farm in Northeastern Ohio. For AQ16 her photography zooms in and out to capture such diverse images as lichen bloom on a dead stump, a Geauga County harness race and seascapes along New England’s and Florida’s coasts.

Dianne Kellogg, Fungus Flower, photograph, 2015

Dianne Kellogg, Fungus Flower, photograph, 2015

 

Dianne Kellogg, New Order, photograph, 2015

Dianne Kellogg, New Order, photograph, 2015

 

Dianne Kellogg, Harbour at Mackinac Island, photograph, 2015

Dianne Kellogg, Harbour at Mackinac Island, photograph, 2015

 

Dianne Kellogg, Follow the Leader, photograph, 2015

Dianne Kellogg, Follow the Leader, photograph, 2015

Rink Foto – Three Golden Gate Gardens

Three Golden Gate Gardens
by Rink Foto

Rink Foto has photographed San Francisco since 1969. For AQ16’s theme of interiors, gardens, landscapes and music, he submitted photos of three gardens in Golden Gate Park. In the first photo below are views of the Academy of Sciences’ rooftop garden (background) and part of the garden in front of the Speckel’s Temple of Music. The second photo below is of the wooden entrance gate of the Japanese Tea Garden.

Academy of Sciences' rooftop garden (background) and Spreckel's Temple of Music Garden (foreground), © 2016 by Rink Foto, photograph, 2016

Academy of Sciences’ rooftop garden (background) and Spreckel’s Temple of Music Garden (foreground), © 2016 by Rink Foto, photograph, 2016

 

Entrance gate, Japanese Tea Garden, © 2016 by Rink Foto, photo, 2016

Entrance gate, Japanese Tea Garden, © 2016 by Rink Foto, photograph, 2016