Those of you living in the city of Riverside may or may not have realized this.
The city has a Convention Center.
It had been closed for renovation for months and is set to re-open in March which is a few days away.
That means lots of wall space that needs to be filled.
I was contacted out of the blue by Margie Haupt, Arts and Cultural Affairs Manager for the Riverside Metropolitan Museum to submit some work for consideration.
It was a pleasant surprise and definitely a nod to be invited to participate in this.
Considering my background as a former news photographer, I am known mostly for my people pictures.
I generally don’t photograph scenics except when I’m on vacation and those are seldom very good because scenics require the photographer to be present when the light is interesting.
That means rising early in the morning or staying late waiting for the sunset.
On vacations, can you imagine the family protesting when I drag them up early or waiting for the light to be just right?
Since my archives didn’t have the types of pictures Margie wanted, I had to go out and shoot most of these on speculation.
It was a good exercise.
I thought about locations in our city, the best time of the day to shoot and extraordinary viewpoints of various places everyone frequents.
It’s been a while since I shot so many abstracts.
The 1st 4 images in the slideshow below are what the committee purchased from me for display.
They were printed at 36″ x 24″ in black and white.
When you go by in person to see them, you will also see my former colleague Carlos Puma’s work on the same wall.
Just look for our signatures on the matte of the prints on the bottom right.