Transitions: Rolling and tumbling into 2019

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As 2018 became just another fleeting memory, I catalogued a host of quirky new images crossing new lines of experimentation. The new year guarantees more transitions from the traditional to the quirky and beyond

The piece above was made at sunrise from 8 miles into a valley, with an epic thunderstorm building power right behind it. The only road in or out was deeply rutted dirt, guaranteed to turn into deep mud if a gully washer blasted us. But we escaped undrenched with some memorable color to show for it.

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At left: “Big Brother is Watching

An abandoned store, and its watchful eyes guarding the public restroom, serve as  silent reminders of what was-and what is. Captured during an Idaho workshop, this scene, and the one above, demonstrate some of the more unique situations in which a photographer may find him- or herself, both artistically and introspectively.

Introspection doesn’t automatically mean that what we create becomes just our own, hidden behind veils of fear and emptiness. Sometimes, art is the only way we have to express ourselves, when mere words get floundered around, garbled by the incessant monkeys jabbering in our heads or distracted by world or personal events.  Certainly the latter have boosted introspection and uncertainty, as worlds of understanding, innocence, fairness and compassion have been mutilated by the monstrosities taking over our way of life. Some of us will see past the window dressing that appears to make everything shiny and new to uncover the dark, swamp things that live in our very real collective nightmares. Happily, however, we have the choice to ignore the nightmare and embrace the dreams, the dreams that take us deep into remote forests where waterfalls tumble for our delight.

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Above: “Autumn waterfall fog

 And so it will be, as we leave the darkness of 2018 behind and go in search of the light in the new year. Although still dim at the start, 2019 will bring brighter light and joyous laughter as we leave the darkness behind. I’ll be sharing those delights on these pages.

I continue my tradition of donating 20% of the purchase of any of my images to the Idaho
Foodbank. Here’s how it works:
• You get stunning photography for your home, office or as thoughtful gifts; each purchase also helps feed hungry people. I give 20% of each sale to the Idaho Foodbank.
• I will deliver framed art free within a 50-mile radius of Boise. Email me for details at ken@kenlevymedia.com.
• I pay Shipping and Taxes when you buy prints from my galleries at kenlevymedia.com. The donation applies to every print sale I make, large or small.

Here’s where you can view my framed work on exhibit:

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Siletz Bay, Arch Rock & Lincoln City

By Lana Levy

Walking through the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge above Lincoln City, Oregon, we walked on quiet, forested trails along the marshlands and flowers of the Siletz River as it headed toward the ocean and its namesake bay.

It just now finished raining, and the grasses, foxgloves and other flowers displayed their freshly-washed, soaking wet textures and colors.

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Above:Droplets on the Grasses

Below: The trail after the storm:
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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The gravel crunched convincingly under our feet, and we breathed deeply of the forest smell, the trees and undergrowth, and the gentle breeze that followed the storm.

As we hiked farther toward the bay, the salt-air tang of the ocean began to waft its way toward us.

At times, we could hear several kinds of birds singing and flitting in the undergrowth all around us, but they remained shy and just barely, occasionally visible in their hurry.

This marshy, wet and forested habitat suited their privacy well, until people noisily walk that trail and disperse them.

But they would return when no one was watching.

Below:

Low tide from the North End
Depoe Bay, Oregon

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Inn at Arch Rock

Incredible views, right from the room, that drew me with my cell phone camera to get closer, up close and personal.

I was not inclined to walk down that metal stairs for the last jaunt to the private beach, but was drawn closer and closer until I took the first step down what seemed steep and risky stairs at best. After the first step it was clear that I could safely make my way to the beach. Not as sure on my feet as in my youth, I held on to the railing on both sides of the narrow stairs and made it to the bottom effortlessly.

What a close up and personal view to behold! One could take pics from the beach for days on end and not see it all. The grasses, the rocks, the growth on the rocks, the trees atop the rocks curtained by the dark blue sky. The view of the ocean from ground zero is as spectacular as the views from above. The urge to stay longer-even with the only rooms left, the Penthouse and the Apartment-is strong. We must come back here!

I have not taken a big camera out of the bag, but have found my joy in taking pictures with my new cell phone. Thank you Tim. They make beautiful images up to 5×7, and these priceless memories will be with me as long as I have-and share- the pics.

It is difficult to take the steps to leave, but leave we must. Thank you Depoe Bay and thank you, Susan and Jeff!

Here are a couple more photos from our trip:

Below: Otter Crest Loop view, central Oregon coast

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Below: The World’s Shortest: ‘D’ River, Lincoln City, Oregon

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Fine art + feeding the hungry = Great holiday tradition

By Ken Levy

Thanks to everyone who came out to my photo exhibits at both FrameWorks locations in the Treasure Valley. Because of  your support, I’m able to donate a nice check to the Idaho Foodbank in plenty of time for the holidays.

But it doesn’t stop there. My tradition of giving 20% of sales to the Foodbank runs all year.
Here’s how it works:

You get stunning photograFoggyTreesYachats1966phy for your home, office or as thoughtful gifts; each beautiful photo you buy also helps feed hungry people.

Visit any of my exhibits (below), and my web site, to make the perfect holiday purchase that gives twice:

At left: Coastal Inspiration, Yachats, Ore.

 

 About my photos

These professional-quality images will add beauty and interest to every wall, including those of your friends, family and colleagues. You can find a huge variety of original art on my web site.

Keep an eye on my New Works page for updates to my photography, and stop by my Collector’s Editions page to RedBarnOrchards32view some of my clients’ favorite works.

Email me for details at ken@kenlevymedia.com or visit my web site at http://kenlevymedia.com.

Consider making my images part of your holiday gift giving this year. Because no one should have to go hungry, and beauty makes a great gift for everyone.

 

 Red Barn, Hood River Fruit Loop

 

Six new photo exhibits highlight travel adventures in the west

By Ken Levy

I’m showing some of my most interesting and recent fine-art travel photographs at six venues in the Boise, ID area. These framed and ready-to-hang images make beautiful wall hangings for your home, business or office.

Purchases of any of these images (including photos from my galleries) include a 20% donation to the Idaho Foodbank. With the holidays coming, this is a good time to consider fine art both as a gift and a way to help feed hungry people in Idaho. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, with every purchase.

You’ll see dramatic photographs of the Oregon Coast and Hood River Fruit Loop, scenes from Idaho and California, historical images, wildlife and much more.

FoggyTreesYachats1966Here are the venues where you can see my images. Stop by when you get a chance to catch the true beauty of these fine images. Prints of all of these photographs are available in myriad sizes.

 

 

Coastal Inspiration

I’ll be the featured artist for October at the Eagle, Idaho location of FrameWorks, 600 S. Rivershore Ln., (208) 939-7075. Keep an eye on my New Works page for updates to my photography, and stop by my Collector’s Editions page for some of my clients’ favorite works. Below, Damselflies in Love.

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