Hi Friends … I entered my Same Tree, Different Day project into this competition. I truly believe that what I have to teach people through my experience is extremely valuable to everyone. Please view my video at this link, like it and make a comment. If you’ve seen my presentation, please comment on your feelings about the project and how it helped/inspired you.
It was 2 years ago yesterday that I took the photo that would inspire me to begin my “Same Tree, Different Day” project. What started out as a 365-day exercise in creativity turned into a metaphor for life with many lessons attached. Since the premiere event on Arbor Day of 2016 during which I debuted the slideshow I made with the images from the entire year, I have presented it 6 times, had 3 gallery shows and was nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council award for outstanding exhibit. So far for 2017, I am scheduled to present for the Lone Tree Photography Club (1/16), NAMI (2/7), Bear Creek Nature Center (3/1), the Front Range Urban Forestry Council (3/16) and Garden of the Gods (TBD). My prints are currently on display at Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon in Co Springs) through January, and I have exhibits planned at Cherry Creek Library (Feb.), Godec’s Photo Supply (March) and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (Apr.-June). I am currently working on putting together a meditation DVD using my slideshow and music created by students from the Colorado Springs Conservatory.
I hope that those who have seen this work and/or my presentation have been inspired in some way. I want to continue to share this experience and its lessons with as many people as possible. If you are a member of an organization that would benefit from my lecture, please contact me to make arrangements to speak at one of your meetings.
I also want to thank those who contributed to my Indiegogo campaign. Without your support, I would not have had the money to print the photos that are now on display.
I have added more dates for showings and presentations!
- High Country Newcomers November 21, 2016 (presentation)
- Featured artist for December at Cacao Chemistry 109 N. Tejon in Colorado Springs. Opening Dec. 2, 2016 from 5-8 pm. (display)
- Local weight-loss group, January 10, 2017 (presentation)
- Front Range Urban Forestry Council, January 19, 2017 (presentation)
- Denver Library District, Cherry Creek Branch, February 1, 2017. Opening reception and presentation from 5-8 pm, month-long display.
- Lone Tree Photography Club, February 20, 2017, 7 pm. (presentation)
- Featured artist for March at Godec’s Photo Supply, 25 S. Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs. Opening reception March 3, 2017. (display)
- Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Quarterly art display April-June 2017, opening reception May 5, 2017.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado Springs, February 7, 2017. (presentation)
I found out today that “Same Tree, Different Day” was nominated for a Pikes Peak Arts Council award for Outstanding Exhibition! The awards banquet is Oct. 4th.
This is the poster that I made for the world premiere of my print display on August 12th at 1101 W. Mineral in Littleton, CO. I will be giving my presentation at 7 pm as part of Blissfest333, and the work will hang until October.
I want to let all of you know that I set up a crowdfunding campaign so I can raise money to put “Same Tree, Different Day” into art galleries. I want to bring the photos, lessons and messages of this project to the world. You can also check out a shot documentary on my Indiegogo page.
I was practicing with the Background Eraser in Photoshop and decided to make a logo for this project. I’m not sure which version I like best.
I felt a little sad this morning as I stood out in the cold and photographed the last sunrise of this project. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been an entire year, but at least the sunrise was a good one, and I was able to go out on a high note. The second picture I posted shows me holding two paper clouds I made to use as props on a cloudless day. One of the members of my photography group came up with the idea when I mentioned that taking photos on those types of days was a big challenge to my creativity. He said, “Why don’t you make your own clouds?” So I did. I made them a couple of months ago and ended up not needing them, so I decided to write, “I DID IT!” on them to commemorate this occasion. Although the photography portion of the project is complete, there is more work to do. I am planning an Arbor Day event for April 15, 2016 that will include a print display, a short documentary and a slideshow. I will also set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money I need for the print display and will lecture about this project to talk about the many lessons revealed during this undertaking.
This will give you an idea of what the area looked like when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Sometimes throughout this project I felt like the Universe was rewarding me for my efforts. I decided not to take photos just after midnight and didn’t shoot at sunrise. I went out about 9:30 am when I saw these clouds in the sky. About 5 minutes after setting up, I was treated by flybys from several flocks of geese that flew right into frame.