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

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.

Mariachi Memories…

I made these images a couple of years ago while walking around in San Francisco near Coit Tower.  My friend was taking me downtown to visit one the oldest surviving structure in the city, Mission Delores.  Just as we were leaving a wedding party showed up and I caught 8 musicians walking along the sidewalk.  Three of the musicians paused outside for a break and I approached them with my retro Twin Lens Reflex and asked them for permission to make a portrait of them.   I don’t speak spanish and I think most of the communication occurred with a simple gesture of me pointing and holding up my camera with a smile.

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