Trip to find large Chickens

Driving today from the LA area out to Vidal Jct., a few miles west from Parker, AZ. It’s a nice warm day in the deserts of Southern California. It was 98˚ about 9:30 in the morning. By the time we got to Parker, it was about 110˚.

When we arrived in Parker, we notice a van with bicycles on top and lettering on the side. On further inspection it was the support crew for an entrant in the Race Across AMerica bike race. We stopped and talked to the crew for a few minutes and found the race started yesterday. I was the race’s photographer from 1984 until 1999. I’ve been busy the last 2 months and hadn’t even given the race a thought. It was a pleasant suprise to catch it.

Here a couple of photo from the trip out.

An interesting directional post.


We next found a shoe fence where passerby’s deposit their shoes and a lot more.


We also found the remains of an old gas station along the road.



These images are raw from the camera with no work done other than to shrink the size. These are some are some very interesting items that I’m adding to my log of things I want to return to in the future to capture them in better light.

We’re leaving to get some dinner before we head out to out chicken for some photographic work. I’ll be adding another post later with the chicken.



I was mentioned in the Chatterbox Newsletter

Today I received the latest newsletter from Chatterbox Enterprises in my e-mail. Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox was one of the reviewers of my portfolio when I attended the Palm Springs Photo Festival at the end of April. In the newsletter, Louisa had a link to activities at the festival on her blog. I went to the blog and read her description of the festival. About 2/3 of the way through her blog post I was surprised to see myself mentioned in her post. I had a great time at the festival and came away with excellent input on how I should proceed. Seeing my name mentioned positively in a blog from one of the reviewers only adds icing on the cake.

Here is the lick to the blog. The mention of me is about 2/3 of the way down, under the picture of the statue of Marilyn Monroe.

Here is my “Land of the Giants” photo of Marilyn.


David Nelson

My Portfolio Review at the Palm Springs Photo Festival

I have returned from the Palm Springs Photo Festival, an annual event held in Palm Spring, California each spring. Earlier this year I completed a seminar on “Fine Art Photography” taught by Bob Killen through the Calumet University. During the seminar we learned about what Fine Art Photography is and what we need to do to start producing work that could be considered Art. This was an exciting new direction to take my photographic endeavors.

During the seminar we needed to choose a theme to work on and produce some work that would be good enough to be show worthy. After the finish of the seminar, our work would be displayed in a show hosted at the Calumet store in Santa Ana. The show for our seminar opened Friday, April 26, and was well attended and received excellent reviews. It was a great way for the attendees to launch their new path in Photography. As we were finishing our seminar and preparing our work for the show, the discussions we were having was were do we go next.

Bob talked about how we need to get our work out in front the people that will be able to assist us with our work. Bob mentioned a few photography shows that provide portfolio reviews and recommended that we should try to attend on of the show and have our portfolios reviewed. This sounded great, but we may have produced 6-8 images during the seminar, not the 15-20 that would be needed for a portfolio. One of the shows that Bob mentioned was the Palm Springs Photo Festival that would be at the end of April. Could I enlarge my portfolio to enough images to have my portfolio large enough for a review?

I decided to throw caution to the wind and made a commitment to go to the PS Film Fest and have my portfolio reviewed. This would also force me to continue to work on my theme and continue to expand my portfolio. With just over 3 months to the festival, I definitely have to stay focused. During this time, I would also be finalizing my images for our show and on top of that, my wife and I had a 3-week vacation planned to Europe. The festival would be less than 3 weeks after we returned from Europe.

At times I was worried that I wouldn’t be ready in time for the festival. It even worked out that I got a couple of images for my portfolio while we were in Europe. In the couple of weeks between my return and the festival, I got all my images printed and my portfolio assembled and was read for the portfolio review. Even though I had many fears about my work and what would take place at the review, what could I lose? I looked at it as a learning experience, whether my work was loved or hated, I should receive a lot of valuable data.

So, how was the portfolio reviews? They were great. I received a lot of very good information about my work what I may want to do with it. I received data on my presentation and some changes that I may want to incorporate in the future. I had five reviews and all the reviewers were very positive about my work, which help remove the initial fear of possible rejection. If my work was not the type of work the reviewer would use, they understood my work and provided references to many who could use it. All the reviewers provide great information on whom I should consider contacting and how I should make contact.

All the reviewers were so helpful in providing with information and contacts so that I can expand the exposure to my work. The reviewers were professionals I the Art Business. I had 5 reviewers and I chose two consultants and three Gallery Owners/Curators. I was looking for information on my portfolio and how to present it, received excellent information, and am definitely going to make some changes to the portfolio. I was also looking for information on how to move forward with my art and where it might fit.

Here are the reviewers that I had chosen to have review my portfolio.

  • Susan Baraz – Creative photography consultant
  • Louisa Curtis – Creative photography consultant in New York City
  • Crista Dix – Director of the Wall Space Gallery of Seattle and Santa Barbara.
  • David Fahey – Director of the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles
  • Dana Salvo – Owner of Clark Gallery

They all were extremely professional and were willing to provide the information that I needed with my experience level. I would definitely recommend these reviewers to other photographers that are looking to expand the way they expand their horizons.

Would I go to the Palm Springs Photo Festival and have portfolio reviews? Yes, I planning now to return next year for portfolio reviews next year as I’m sure I will need more help next year after my growth this year. I’m also planning on participating in a few of the seminars and workshops next year. I just didn’t have the time to investigate and plan for ant seminars this year.

I’m hoping that I will see some of you there next year.

Opening of my Photo Show

The Opening of my photo show is Friday Evening, April 26, at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Calumet Photographic Gallery Santa Ana, 1430 Village Way, McFadden Place, Santa Ana, CA 92705

I’m part of a group show along with 2 other photographers. I will be displaying my Land of the Giants series. It features a series of images of these Giants that exist in our world. Are they just large advertising devices, or, are they representatives of another parallel universe where all are large.

If you can make it, there will be a wine and cheese reception.

Invite Card

“Land Of The Giants” Project

The project I’m working on now is the “Land Of The Giants.” I’m photographing all the pieces of a civilization of Giants that live amongst us. Most have ignored all the sign that there is this civilization living in parallel with us. We’ve all seem these large everyday items and large beings in our travels. It’s just that we’ve never thought about them.

We’ve seen the large man at the entrance to the golf course or he’s holding a muffler at an auto repair shop. We’ve also seen a large donut on top of a donut shop or the large rabbit on top of a feed store or any of the large items we see. Most assume that these are only used as advertisements to attract people to their services. But, is this there real purpose? I don’t think so.

In 1985, I was photographing the Race Across America (RAAM) bicycle race. It’s a race from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. The race follows a set course and the winner is the first one to the finish line. It’s a 3000-mile time trial. Since time not on the bike riding is time lost, most of the competitors would sleep on 2 or 3 hours a night. Photographing the race sort of required me to keep about the same hours as the competitors. My wife, who was driving or vehicle, and I were only sleeping about 2-4 hours a night. During the 10 days of the race, we only got one night in a motel and got 8 hours sleep.

It’s amazing what a sleep deprivation does to the mind. As we would see the large items across America we would discuss what they were and why do they exist. Suddenly it came to us. They were part of another reality that existed in parallel with ours. It existed between the blinks of our eyes and when our consciousness when we slept. It was during these times they became real when we weren’t aware. We only see them as inanimate objects because our time references are different.

In the end of December last year, my wife and I drove to Jean, Nevada to photograph a Giant prospector at a Casino there. There was a clearing storm that day and I was hoping that there would be a nice sunset with the clouds. By the time sunset arrived, the clouds had all cleared, but the sky was still pretty nice. It was cold, about 38 degrees with a good wind blowing. I was lucky to have my Voice Activated Light Stand (VALS) with me. My wife is a great assistant and allows me to perform my photography. It would have been more difficult if I would have had to move the light on a stand, but just informing here where to move made it much easier.

In the photos, you can see my VALS in a shoot take with my phone and the final shot of the Giant. So be aware when your out, you might just catch one of them if you cross into their reality.