During our trip to West Africa I received a lot of positive feedback about my photography from our blog readers. I really appreciate the encouragement and compliments. I’ve set up a online gallery/store where I’m selling prints of some of my favorite images from the trip. All the profits from the sales will be going to the George Faile Foundation which exclusively supports BMC, the hospital where Heidi was working.
More details about the prints are available on the gallery homepage. I hope that this provides folks with an opportunity to get some new art for their home or office and support a good cause at the same time.
One of the things I am most pleased with from this trip is a series of portraits of patients that Heidi examined on clinic days. After some experimentation with camera settings and flash in her examination room I found a technique that I really liked. The result was 24 patient portraits of which I am making large framed prints (10″x15″) to exhibit as an art show. If you know anyone or any place that might be interested in exhibiting this collection let me know.
Before leaving, Heidi found time to do three small paintings of the Hewitt kids from photos I took of them. She gave the paintings to Mona and Earl as a Christmas present. Mona scanned them and shared the digital copies with us.
The slideshow below is a series of images (mostly black, white, and green) that I took of the rocks along the coast of Elmina, Ghana. The textures and creatures growing on the rocks were quite fascinating.
If you like these you should definitely take a look at Kenny Jensen’s photography from the coastline of San Diego. He recently had an exhibit with some amazingly colorful photographs of the sea life there.
The very first day I went into Nalerigu, Ghana I noticed the colorful yet simple illustrations on the signs outside of shops. Barber shops, saloons, restaurants, butcheries, photo studios and even cell phone booths all had amazing paintings on their signs.
I started taking pictures of the signs and while reviewing my photographs I noticed a common element. Every painting was signed either “Art by Boyz2Men” or “Art by Boyz”. I went to the town’s video rental store (they have quite an impressive selection of pirated VCDs and Nigerian films) which sported a larger-than-life Boyz painting of Sylvester Stallone from Cobra. I left a message with the shop owner to ask Boyz to come to my house. Read More
I’m breaking form here and posting three photos of the day – each taken by a Hewitt family kid.
The kids got digital cameras for Christmas so Mona asked me to give them a little art lesson about photography. I explained to them the 3 guidelines to better photos. Then they had 20 minutes to go take three pictures: a person, a plant, a place. When they came back we looked at the photos and discussed the three questions. I’ve posted three of their best as today’s Photo of the Day.