Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival
The opening last night for China Express was a great event.  The day started with live interviews with ABC and CBS news TV here in Pittsburgh.  These were followed by interviews with the art critics of the local newspapers.
It has been a rewarding experience to share the message of the China Express with the community of Pittsburgh.  The multiple conversations have been very stimulating. I want to thank the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for creating a special venue for China Express.  Again, a special thank you to the Lannan Foundation for providing traveling sponsorshipThank you Pittsburgh, a city with a very special spirit and support for the arts.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Putting Light and Life Into Your Photographs
Have you ever heard photographers say, "I don't use flash, I only shoot available light"?  Maybe that actually translates to "I don't have a clue about using flash with my camera".  Or, "how does this thing work and when in the world would I want to use it"? Sound familiar?  If it does, I may have  just what you are looking for.

On July 19 - 20 I am teaching a Flash Intensive Workshop at the Santa Fe Workshops.  In two days we learn to take the mystery out of using flash. Adding light and life to our photographs without the "look" of flash.  Beginning with on camera flash and quickly moving to speed lights we learn to soften, diffuse, bent, direct, shape, and otherwise control the light we add to our photographs.  Shooting outside in bright sun light?  Maybe you need just a touch of additional light to put life into your photograph.  We will learn to do that.  TTL, iTTL, TTL BL, manual, remote, commander, we cover it all.  All along the way making it easy to understand and use creatively.

Flash intensive.  That is what this workshop is all about.  In two days you may actually hear your self-mumble, "wow…this flash thing is pretty cool"!  Let's get together for this exciting, fun, and informative workshop.   Look forward to seeing you there!

be strong, be safe, Carlan

China Express Rolls Into Pittsburgh June 6 - 15
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will exhibit the China Express during the Three Rivers Art Festival.  Opening reception June 6 5 - 7 p.m.  Artist talk June 7 12 p.m.  Trust Arts Education Center, 3rd floor, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.  Please stop by if you are in the area. Would love to see everyone!

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Sunday, May 11, 2014

China Express at the Lummi Nation
There are moments in our lives which are sometimes hard to express in words.  The China Express exhibit at the Lummi Nation this past week held one of those very special moments for me.
I met Swil Kanim a member of the Lummi Nation.  He is a classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor. He was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in the Bellingham, WA area. Separated from his parents and his tribe at a young age, he spent the remainder of his childhood in fostercare. Swil created the HonorCoin Project.

The HonorCoin is a physical representation of the spiritual impact which is created when the Honor of a person is recognized and acknowledged.  Shasta Cano-Martin, Lummi Tribal Council Member, gifted an honorcoin to me for "demonstration of honor--in telling this story through photographic images".

I feel greatly honored to have received this special coin from the Lummi Nation.  To all of my Lummi sisters and brothers, I say "thank you".  Thank you for what you represent and for the important lessons you share.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Friday, May 2, 2014

China Express Exhibit Lummi Nation
Jay Julius,  Lummi tribal official.  "The salmon are our buffalo.  We are walking on the stones our ancestors walked on 3,500 years ago".  Cherry Point, proposed terminal location.
The China Express Exhibit will be at the Lummi Nation Gateway Center from Tuesday May 6 through Saturday May 10.  Please join us for a presentation and reception on Thursday May 8 at 6 P.M.  The exhibit will be open daily noon to 6:30 P.M. The Lummi Nation Gateway Center is located at 4920 Rural Ave. Ferndale, WA.   A big "Thank You" to the Lannan Foundation for funding the China Express traveling exhibit and lecture series. 

Lummi Reservation proposed terminal.  487 deep water freighters per year will carry coal to China from this location.
be strong, be safe, Carlan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Standing Their Ground
It was a hot day in August of 2010 when I first met Tim Tanksley and Dub Tolbert in Bokoshe, OK. They are both born, raised, and live on family homesteads in the area.  Long time close friends, together they create a powerful force.
The Making Money Having Fun LLC coal fly ash disposal pit (better know by permit from the state of Oklahoma as a "reclamation site") ajoins Dub's ranch.  The coal ash has polluted his grass and water supply for livestock.
A triple strand barbwire fence is the only barrier between Dub and the coal ash.  He has watched his cattle die.
Last week while I was there the winds began to blow. The sky filled with toxic clouds of coal ash.  Dub told me "it starts to blow...we head for the house, close all the windows and doors.  There are times we can't see across the yard.  That's when I get on the phone and call Tim".
Tim fires up his video camera attempting to document the blowing toxic coal ash.  He will call the Oklahoma Department of Environment to report the issue.  They may or may not respond.

Tim and Dub worked with the community for over three years to bring a lawsuit against the coal ash issues in Bokoshe.  Last month a Federal Judge issued an order stating they did not have a case.

Standing their ground.  That's what Tim and Dub are doing. "We are not giving up.  We will do whatever it takes to right this wrong."

be strong, be safe, Carlan 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

President Honors Late Outstanding Educator in Bokoshe
Diane Reese was a three times cancer survivor when I met her in 2010.  She had invited me to visit her sixth grade class at Bokoshe Elementary School.  Nine out of seventeen students in her class had severe asthma.
Diane worked until Thanksgiving break of 2013.  She died December 4, 2013 of a fast moving fourth type of cancer.  She was sixty-one.  Diane was a career educator at Bokoshe schools with over thirty-six years in the classroom.  On December 20, 2013 the White House announced the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Family members did not receive notice of the award until a writer from the Tulsa World called for an interview.
Diane lived with her husband Bill just down the road from the Making Money Having Fun LLC coal ash deposit site.
Last week when I was in Bokoshe I asked Bill to share some stories about Diane with me.  "Diane had a natural thirst for knowledge.  She always tried to be the best teacher she could be.  She taught the kids about the health hazards of coal ash.  She knew it was harmful to our community.  In 2007 she began to suffer from cancer.  We've had twelve to thirteen of our close neighbors die from cancer.  I was in the room...right there holding her hand when she passed away...someday we will be smiling again together..."

be strong, be safe, Carlan