People at Work: The Low Wage Earners of Maine by Jeff Kirlin

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This documentary photographic series, People at Work: The Low Wage Earners of Maine, depicts some of our fellow neighbors who work for the state’s minimum wage of just $7.50 an hour. The dedicated photographer, Jeff Kirlin, works in his free time documenting them. This is just a sample from his series.

“The photography project was started after I was told by a person, in a position to help bring about a higher minimum wage, that he didn’t feel it was a real problem because it hasn’t been brought to his personal attention,” said Jeff, a speech therapist and Bangor based photographer. “This project is intended to give, not a voice, but a platform for those earning low wages and their supporters, and how their lives are affected by stagnant wages.”

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Ansel Adams photos of an Japanese Internment Camp during WWII in America

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From time to time I just have to post other artists as their work should be shared.

Ansel Adams’ is known for his stunning landscapes and coming up with the “zone technique” of printing black and white photos. Here are some rare photos he took of life in an American Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Not one of the United States better ideas.

The following article is by Jordan G. Teicher in Slate.

Ansel Adams was already world-famous for his groundbreaking black-and-white photographs of the American West when he was invited by his friend Ralph Merritt to document the Manzanar War Relocation Center, a Japanese internment camp, where Merritt was director. It was a risky career move for a man so thoroughly established as a landscape photographer, but Adams was compelled to witness life there and make a record of it. Fifty of his photographs will be on display in the Photographic Traveling Exhibitions show, “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams,” which is at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles from Oct. 8 to Feb. 21. Continue reading

M. Wilbur is documenting every Native American tribe in the US with photographs

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Read the full report on the Guardian Newspaper HERE.

One woman’s mission to photograph every Native American tribe in the US Matika Wilbur has traveled more than 250,000 miles to ensure stereotyped images are replaced with accurate ones to change history’s collective psyche

Three years ago, Matika Wilbur sold almost everything she owned, left behind her apartment in Seattle, and set out on the open road. The former high school teacher had one goal: to photograph members of each federally recognized Native American tribe in the United States.

Wilbur’s photographs are mostly black and white. She shoots on a Canon EOS 7D digital, and a Mamiya film camera. When she finishes Project 562 (named for the number of federally recognized tribes at the time Wilbur began her work), she plans to compile the photographs and share them with the public through various publications, exhibitions and curricular material. Continue reading

Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark leaves behind social legacy

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Photographer Mary Ellen Mark died May 25, 2015 at the age of 75. She is best known for her striking portraiture and investigative documentary work, which spanned over 40 years.

Mark’s emotional photographs capture the lives of those often overlooked and underappreciated. Her work took her around the world, from India to homeless shelters across upstate New York.

“I’m just interested in people on the edges,” she told The New York Times in a 1987 interview. “I feel an affinity for people who haven’t had the best breaks in society. I’m always on their side. I find them more human maybe. What I want to do more than anything is acknowledge their existence.” Continue reading

A crop circle discovery by artist Ramona du Houx

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When England has a good summer it’s a great summer. Such was the year of 1990. After living in London for the past 18 months, with three young children, it was high time to leave the metropolis and Glastonbury drew us in. For a Yank the Somerset village appeared like Hobbiton, and the mystery surrounding King Author and Merlin that came from tales of Glastonbury Tor made my family feel we too were on a quest. It was a time for high adventure of youth and parental wonder.

Midmorning listening to the BBC – a habit I picked up living overseas in Puerto Rico and Japan – a habit I continue to indulge in, a story caught my attention. A crop circle had appeared overnight in a field a few miles from our home on the side of Glastonbury Tor. The adventure had begun. We piled the children into the car, along with their various stuffed animals, and took off. It was hard not to rush as the chance to see nature’s mysterious circles was exciting for us all. For once the English hedge rows, that tower on each side of the road like walls of vines and brambles seemed to be useful. The rows are made from stones cleared in the fields- they keep the sheep from pouring into the roads. Within this tunnel pathway we couldn’t safely move any faster than the speed limit dictated. Finally, we reached the farm. About a dozen other cars, listeners of the BBC, welcomed us.

The farmer was not amused but allowed us all entry into his fields. My fingers began to feel static electricity as my children dashed for the center of the big circle. Continue reading

Women in society photos by Ramona du Houx

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This is the beginning of a new series of work exploring the role of women in society. Every culture imposes hidden restrictions upon ladies. How that manifests in everyday movement is my challenge to record using my lightgraph technique of painting with the camera.

Nouveau Cirque – a cirque sole play – comes to Maine, photos by Ramona du Houx

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Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo was a theater in the round production with aerial dance and multimedia messaging— using iPads. No matter where you looked something was happening from the ceiling to the floor and in the balconies above the stage. This nouveau cirque production incorporated aerial silks, dance, original music, seamless choreography, theatre, clowning, visual art, and media design all into a high impactful story of forty-two minutes.

For Maine, Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo was the first true nouveau cirque play.

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Ramona du Houx, exhibits at the New York City ArtExpo 2014 and Portland, Maine’s Constellation Gallery, simultaneously

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Article by Morgan Rogers in Maine Insights.

Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is in a current group exhibition at the New York City ArtExpo 2014 from April 4th to the 6th and at Portland, Maine’s Constellation Gallery.

“Being a part of the ArtExpo While exhibiting in Portland is a great opportunity,” said du Houx. “It’s an honor to become part of Portland’s only Cooperative Gallery.”

The New York City ArtExpo 2014 offers artists chances to exhibit with galleries that represent them worldwide.expo2014

Du houx is currently represented by the art’s district Storks Gallery of Tokyo, which exhibited her work in a solo show in February of 2012, and will have another solo show of Ramona’s work in September of 2014.

“Ramona’s work is unique and captures emotion that stirs the soul. It’s timeless,” said Takafumi Suzuki, Storks Gallery Owner. “It’s a privilege to represent her.”

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New website/blog to highlight Maine artists and writers

The following article appeared in Maine Insights by Morgan Rogers

In order to highlight artists and writers with Maine connections Ramona du Houx has created a new website/blog, INSIGHTS. For many creative people in the state finding a way to gain more exposure to a wider audience is still dependent upon being able to garner the attention of the media.

INSIGHTS lets the public know more about these artists and writers and how they can obtain unique works of these artisans and writers, when their exhibits will be held and how to contact them.

“There are so many artists and writers in Maine that don’t receive the attention they should have. INSIGHTS is a media website that will showcase the talent we have here,” said du Houx. “I will be adding more artists and writers to the site over time to build an online community where we can work together to promote and discuss our work. If anyone is interested they should contact me.” Continue reading

The art of Ramona du Houx is available in limited edition prints

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With my technique of painting with the camera I mainly want to bring the beauty and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. It has been said that some of the images can take someone on a dream like journey and uplift one’s soul with inspiration. That is one of my objectives. The work resembles watercolors with details one can only obtain with a camera.

I’ve exhibited my work from Tokyo, to London and New York City. I believe art should be affordable and accessible.

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To purchase any limited edition print of 5 please go here.

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