Autumn Leaves: A Prayer

Photo of Oak leaves floating on water.
“A Prayer For The Fallen ”  Digital Photograph by Ira Gardner 2018

Reports of pipe bombs and the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue yesterday dominate my thoughts today and bring me to my emotional knees in sorrow.

When the daily news is too heartbreaking to bear I am reminded of what Ansel Adams once said… “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

I made this image in downtown today while on a quiet walk with with my wife.  It is the warmth of her hand and the beauty of Autumn that restores my spirit.

Ira Gardner
Spokane, WA

Curdle: Mixed Media Artwork by W. B. Fontenot

Mixed media artwork of a silhouetted man in a suit with derby hat holding a yellow umbrella against a bright blue background.
“The Shadow of Information”   6’x6’ Mixed Media on Wood Panel  by W.B. Fontenot, 2013

This collection of work draws upon contemporary socio-political memes that are percolating in the public consciousness and gives voice to a dialectic through the creation of an ‘everyman’ character who is navigating a mediated technological landscape that seems to obfuscate the political ideology of conformity while promoting the perception of personal freedom.

 

Remembering Those Who Have Passed

Photograph of Three white anthurium photographed at the Hilo Botanical Garden in March of 2018.
“Remembering Three Who Passed”  Digital Photograph by Ira Gardner  2018
In the last month I have lost three people who were dear to me. A close friend’s aunt, another friend’s sister, and finally a man who was like a father to me.  This morning when I found out that Tom had passed I was overwhelmed with the cumulative emotion of the losses and had to find this image of white anthurium that I made in Hilo this past March.

 

Sailing Through Rough Waters

Black and white photograph of a boat sailing through sunlight on half moon bay in california.
Composite digital photograph by Ira Gardner

Yesterday I reworked an image from Half Moon Bay taken in 2012 by adding a sailboat from an image made in Los Angeles from 2009.

My current composite photographic work is about synthesizing time and distance into symbolic representations of the wisdom that is attained through  life experiences and a process of self reflection.

Seemingly random moments become the patterns that have shaped my life and, upon looking back, make perfect sense and fill me with tremendous gratitude.