The exhibits: “The Middle Kingdom,” “People of the Middle Kingdom,” and “Another Season in the Middle Kingdom,” continues a project that was started over seven years ago this November. The project wandered photographically from subject to subject and occasionally I would try to organize and put some cohesion in the project.  Not only was it a larger task than I had imagined, but it was very difficult to put into a photographic story due to the vast area and diversity. Finally I quit trying to make the project into a story or any other type of presentation and just traveled around photographing whatever I found of interest. Fortunately the project started to evolve on its own and the pieces slowly came to gather into a series of “mini” stories. (Shown in this gallery are my favorite images from the project. The three exhibits comprise a body of work which contains over 150 images.)

 

Photography became an interest in my life while serving with the Army in Korea during what some of us knew as the “Cold War.” My first teacher was a soldier that had been a photographer in Hungary and had crossed the German border and joined the army to gain his American citizenship. He taught us how to develop film and print pictures in what we called the craft shop. This actually consisted of a small dilapidated building and a conex container.  After six or so years and return to civilian life I graduated from the Glen Fishback School of Photography in Sacramento.

 

I was fortunate to serve as an adjunct photography instructor at Colorado Northwest Community College, and Oklahoma City Community College and photography instructor at the Clovis Adult School for four years. While living in Louisiana I served as President of the Lafayette Photographic Society. The society presented many photographic workshops in which I had the opportunity of hosting several and assisting with the planning and support of others.

 

While working on my current project I have gained a visual appreciation of the San Joaquin valley and the many different areas in the region. My wife a California Native and an accomplished photographer herself was a valuable resource while learning my way around the valley. She served as my “art director” in those moments when I was doing something I really shouldn’t be doing. …And sometimes when something wasn’t quite up to “snuff” she would bring it to my attention.

 

The images for the exhibit were organized not by subject or area but by the relationship I felt with each image. Some I am fond of because of the situation, the moment of time, and some were put together because they formed a short story.  While editing the images for the exhibit I would keep picking images I thought the viewing public would like, but in the end I selected the images I wanted to share with you because of their special meaning to me. I hope I have chosen well and you enjoy the show.