The primary purpose of this blog is, well…me! Me promoting my photography and my business in the attempt to gain clients. In fact, most website experts say not to blog about anything which isn’t directly relevant to advance Poole Photography and its business ventures. But as those who know me well can attest, sometimes I just can’t always keep the color between the lines. So fair warning, this post isn’t about me, my photography or gaining clients. Nor am I posting samples of what I humbly consider brilliantly stunning images that I have photographed of weddings and brides, graduates, families and even sunsets.
Today I want to share the work of others and post about the photography exhibition I attended last Friday.
I have written about Airi Katsuta and her 1.000 origami cranes and her photography show “Resilience” in these blogs here and here.
I was honored with an invitation to the reception of the latest showing of “Resilience” that was held at the Academy Theater at the Junior Drama Club Academy in Phoenix. This time however, Airi graced the show with the addition of a few of her fine art and fashion photography pieces.
As her documentary photographs capture the emotion of the situation in Ishinomaki, Japan, Airi’s fashion and fine art images show the creative and fun side of her photography. My favorite of these is her series called “Globophobia: Fear of Balloons.” To see this series, click on this link.
To see all of Airi’s work that she has posted online, please click here, here, and here.
The reception and show was held at the Junior Drama Club Academy which is located in downtown Phoenix. It is a theater club for boys and girls 10-17 that not only teaches theater skills but life skills. I got to spend a little bit of time talking Jeanna Delfin and Robert Joseph Gates, the two representatives of the JDCA that were in charge of putting the exhibition on and they graciously answered my questions I had about the JDCA.
The Academy has been in existence for 8 years but has just moved to the new location. It serves about 20 members. In talking with Ms Delfin, she really emphasized to me how the Academy taught more than just theater craft, but also concentrated on teaching these young people life skills that they could take and use to help them be successful in their future endeavors. Mr. Gates explained to me how the building was an old liquor store. He personally did all the renovations such as building the stage and the lobby and rigging the lighting. All on his own time and without funding. It was obvious to me that these two are very passionate and committed to the ideals and values of the JDAC.
I also met two eighth grade young ladies who are members of the group and were serving as greeters for the evening reception. I talked to them for a bit about the club. I got the impression that their involvement is a huge deal to them in their lives. Even as they go into high school which has theater opportunities for them as well, they told me they have every intention of staying involved with JDAC. Trust me, having dealt with teenagers for 31 years, and finding very few of them passionate about anything, I could tell that these girls had a passion for JDAC. The Academy must be doing something right.
I have given you a brief glimpse at the Junior Drama Club Academy. In my own words as I remember my conversations. But the group itself puts its mission statement and beliefs much more clearly on its Facebook and Website. So for the full, and better story, check these links here and here.
One of my favorite photographs that night was a head shot Airi took of her cat, Whiskers. I asked about the making of the image. She told me it was done with window lighting and a point and shoot camera. Hmm. It seems that great images CAN be captured with something other than a Canon Mark 5D iii camera, a Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens and an off camera flash.
And since another golden rule of a photography website is to include pictures…here are a couple of cat photographs I have taken. Enjoy your day.
One of my favorite music boxes. If you have cats, you, you understand.
Amelia is very camera shy. It is almost like trying to capture an image of Big Foot. When she sees me reach for the camera, she immediately runs away to one of her favorite hidey holes. I just took this snapshot of Amelia while writing this post. Notice the eyes.
Hilary has no such phobias about getting his picture taken. He will wait for as long as I am taken pictures, basically hoping that somewhere in this process a snack will drop very close to his mouth.
Got lucky once and was able to get this photo of them together. Amelia is looking for the closest exit, Hilary is looking for the snack.