I have a few prints up in the Clarridge Gallery at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue. It’s a joint show with my friend Ron Hammond (who has done some really creative work with albumen prints made from old glass negatives) and Richard McGehee.
My contribution is a series of large canvas prints of native bees. Those of you who have seen my fine art prints know that I’ve been working on techniques to bring a touch of the fantastic to documentary photography. I’ve done bee prints before, but this is the first time since the Fountains series that the technique and subject matter have really come together as well as I could have hoped. I think it’s my best work so far.
(The last image is a print of the photograph that ran in the Seattle Times. It's also the image that I sent to the UW and the Xerces Society to establish that there was an established population north of Lake Washington, and that a recovery might be underway.)
We’re having a reception at 6 PM on April 23, followed by a talk at 7. The title of the talk is “Six Legged Bigfoot: the Rediscovery of the Western Bumblebee.” It is the story of our most prominent native pollinator, its fall from the brink of domestication to the realm of rumored sightings and blurry photographs, and the effort to understand its possible recovery.
All prints are for sale. All proceeds will support our effort to collect DNA samples from surviving populations of Western bumblebees.
Clarridge Gallery, 12700 SE 32nd St, Bellevue, WA 98005 (across I-90 from Factoria)
April 23, 6 PM (reception) and 7 PM (presentation)
Come one, come all!