My pal Keith Skelton is holding a photo workshop–shooting the streets of L.A.–on June 9.

Join me? $159

From Keith’s Website




Please join me Thursday, December 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the famed Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena. See my latest photographic work–done without a camera–in “Telling Images.” Libations and frivolity to be had!

If the technical gods are with me, I’ll be demonstrating how I make these images. Bring exotic flowers or trinkets to be part of the artwork I create on site. Anyone who contributes will receive a digital file of the image!

Sharing the year’s most amazing science photos from PopSci


Here’s the latest thank you video to Caltech alumni for their annual support. I’ve done these for four years now, and it’s my favorite project of the year. Many thanks to the amazing alumna Leslie Maxfield for her technical expertise and aesthetic. Yes, a few of my photos are in here.

Remember, support your alma mater! As the bumper sticker says, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

I’m shifting focus a bit on this blog for the new year to cover more of the art world. I love photography,writing, theatre, the art world, local history, and various community activities. So that is what I’ll be focusing on, with the occassional news/crime item alert.  I also write a blog at on politics and photography. Photo L.A. is coming up Jan. 14, so I’ll be there to see what’s new–and old, and how photography illuminates issues around the globe. 

I have several shows coming up this year so I’ll be working on pieces for those. If you’re a local artist, let’s meet here and talk art!

This piece sold last night!

So far the show is going great! Come on out to 2475 N. Lake Ave on Saturday 12-8 or so with a potluck BBQ, and Sunday 12-6 with a potluck brunch!

From Carolyn,

There is some good news to report about the Station Fire – good for Altadena, not so good for some of our neighboring communities.

For Altadena, there are no more Mandatory Evacuation orders in place, and no Altadena areas are on the list of locations open to residents only. The entire Eastern Boundary of the Angeles National Forest will be closed effective 12:00 pm on September 3, 2009 until full containment of the Station Fire.

The only road closure left for Altadena is Chaney Trail, at the Angeles National Forest gate.

So, I hope we can all recoup and rest today and prepare to have some fun this weekend with the all the arts events going on.


Altadena Junction has artist Alex Schaefer painting 20 minute portraits Friday night. Here are details:

Event:  Alex Schaefer will be painting 20 minute oil portraits from life!
      “Sit and get painted.”
Where: Altadena Junction
Start Time: Friday, September 4 at 7:00pm
End Time: Friday, September 4 at 11:00pm
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Project Altadena will be up for viewing! Sponsored by the Altadena Arts Coalition, the prints from Altadenans who scoured the town with disposable cameras to capture their personal views (one of whom would be me), will be available for viewing beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in the alley behind Altadena Hardware.

The Gallery at the End of the World has a show opening tonight! And nobody does an art opening better than Ben!

And Sunday, the fabulous Carol Channing plays at the Altadena Community Church to help them raise funds for a new roof. I was going to go, but another commitment will prevent that. But I’ll be out Friday and Saturday enjoying the fun!

And stop by the great businesses on Lake near the Gallery, like Websters Fine Stationers. Lori has brought it beautiful, locally made cards, custom decorative signage companies, and more. Won’t find what she has anywhere else nearby.

See you in Altadena!

I’ve been inspired by the great Ed Martin after spending time in his studio. I love my Nikons, but I see a new passion coming on strong!

A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance