This is a favorite tree I pass almost every day. Here it is one foggy morning, with upside down iterations in the rain droplets.
"My Blackbird Tree"
I've been so critical of the younger generation with their noses in their iPhones or Smart Phones - and then it hit me that my generation - at least the men - did the same thing except with a different "device" - as I captured here. Both shots, images, are at the same coffee shop: the kids outside waiting for the school bus and the guys inside with their noses stuck in their newspapers!
I collect mannequins: This is Girl. She is an outdoor mannequin in my studio backyard. A sculpture amid rusted metal objects. Girl has withstood the ravages of time and weather, but occasionally a yellow bird, robin or blackbird lands on her rusty hat and every summer the rugosa roses entwine all around her.
"THE Mannequin Series: Two Faucets"
I collect mannequins. This is my newest lady. Signed Ara Soner, London, 1975. She is elegant and beautiful and will be photographed in many scenarios and probably appear in many encaustic paintings.
I've not named her yet.
"Mannequin Series: In rain"
"THE Mannequin Series: With pots"
"Mannequin Series: Irvina"
"THE Mannequin Series: Church Des Artistes window"
"THE Mannequin Series: In light"
"Fruit Fantasia Series#A"
For years I've been fascinated by the beauty of decay: a metaphor for the passage of time and the effects of the elements on buildings and particularly organic matter.
"Fruit Fantasia Series" is a study in images of such decay on an apple over time. The title was chosen-as was the apple- for all it's great symbolic implications.
"Mannequin Series: Girl, weathered the storms"
"My Doll Series, Cottage chair"
"Mannequin Series:Girl and egg"
"My Doll Series, In the meadow"
A few years ago I discovered I had a serious leak in my storage shed at my Maine Coast cottage and studio.
Among the many things and art work stored there I found the baby doll I had as a child…the water and moisture had damaged her porcelain face…I was really sad about this, but then it hit me that she still had the blue eyes and for truth age had worked on her as it does on all of us.
I have been photographing her everywhere, I take her with me when I go to Florida and I've made a series from these photographs. Most of my friends find them grotesque. I don't.
Here is one I've combined with one of my poems, "Today…"
"AmTracks" is a series of photographs taken from the window on two of my cross-country trips on the Sunset Limited as Amtrak whizzed and chugged along the underside of cities and landscapes from New Orleans to Los Angeles.
"Telltales: The Robe"
"Amtracks Series: Young fellow traveler to L.A."
"AmTracks: Rangra movie hall"
"AmTracks Series: Little white cloud"
"Amtracks: Fellow traveler"
"Paris Canvas: Girl with dog"
"France Canvas: Ladies picnic"
"Paris Canvas: Pink headdress"
"Venice Canvas: Alley hat"
"MoMA Interactive: Woman reflection"
"RIP North King: Stop"
This photo from the series "RIP North King" was taken in October, 2016 and depicts by reflection the high-rise hotel in the window of the last holdout store.
"RIP North King: Adumbration"
More than four years ago I began to chronicle the gentrification of North King Street in Charleston. This is one street photo from that project early on culled from the accumulation of thousands of shots. I am presently creating a slideshow photo essay with music which I will post soon in the Project section of my website.
L.A.Canvas: The Lighthouse Cafe"
"L.A. Canvas: The Lighthouse Cafe Fan"
"Mannequin Series: Pineapple Avenue"
"Cottage Canvas: My Loon"
I've a loon that lives in my cove at my cottage. The call of this loon is the motive of the second movement of the symphony I am composing. I keep an Audubon stuffed loon with the authentic loon call at my piano and every Spring, the loon greets me by swimming up to the bank of my cottage and making the cry of the loon...I go out on the deck and answer with the Audubon loon call.
Every Fall before I leave for South, the loon comes to say goodbye and the same pleasantries are exchanged...this is the photo I took of such a goodbye in 2015.